Rolls-Royce Makes Push for Provenance Pre-Owned Program

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The popularity of certified pre-owned cars is nothing new to shoppers. Mainstream brands like Honda and luxury nameplates like BMW and Lexus have robust certified sales thanks to buyers averse to paying rising new car prices and appreciative of getting piece of mind thanks to the certification process.

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Certified pre-owned programs are finding their way to the upper echelons of the automotive luxury market, but one in particular features some benefits slightly different than your average family sedan program.

Long considered by many to be the most posh and exclusive luxury car brand in the world, Rolls-Royce has a little-known certified pre-owned program called Provenance, and with the introduction of the company's "baby Rolls" a few years ago, the $265,200 Ghost (price includes destination), it now has a relatively sizable fleet of slightly used vehicles to populate the program.

By Aaron Bragman | April 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II Unveiled at 2014 Geneva Motor Show

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The new Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II is now haunting the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show, where it made its world debut today. The ultra-luxury automaker says the full-size sedan has been given a "subtle redesign" and updated with the latest technology geared to a certain prime percentage of the business world's high-dollar dealmakers. No word on pricing yet, but the 2014 Ghost starts at $267,300, including a $2,000 destination charge.

2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith: First Drive

"It exudes the timeless yet cool, modern luxury that the car's customers — the captains of industry, entrepreneurs and successful business men and women who are the wealth and job creators in our economies — demand," Rolls-Royce stated in a news release.

New exterior features include resculpted LED headlights encircled by daytime running lights, revised surface treatments to the front end, a tapered "wake channel" on the hood that's intended to evoke the wake of a fast-moving luxury yacht, reshaped bumpers and chrome inserts for the front air intakes. Inside is an updated tech suite tailored to the businessperson on the move, including onboard Wi-Fi, a satellite aided transmission "ensuring the car automatically adapts to its surroundings augmenting the drive experience," an updated navigation system and Bespoke Audio. Check out the gallery below.

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By Matt Schmitz | March 4, 2014 | Comments (2)

2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith: First Drive

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The all-new 2014 Wraith two-door is no less than the most powerful, quickest Rolls-Royce ever made. It's also no less than $288,600, including the destination charge and a gas-guzzler tax. What does this get you? A traffic-stopping, jaw-dropping design that combines remarkable comfort with capability you might not expect from such a dignified brand.

The car includes the first application of an automatic transmission with behavior influenced by GPS, which is only the most exclusive of a bevy of technologies operating behind the scenes. In my day driving the Wraith in the foothills around Scottsdale, Ariz., I found the car to be true to the brand's time-honored image.

By Joe Wiesenfelder | November 5, 2013 | Comments (2)

2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith Photo Gallery

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Rolls-Royce unveiled a classy — yet gigantic — grand touring vehicle called the Wraith today at the 2013 New York International Auto Show. At first glance it might remind you of Rolls-Royce's much smaller Ghost, but a pronounced, slicked-back roofline, upright grille and large 21-inch wheels help form this new coupe's more aggressive stance.

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Underneath the two-tone hood lies a twin-turbo 6.6-liter V-12 that churns out 624 horsepower. Rolls-Royce claims the new Wraith will sprint from zero-to-62 mph in a swift 4.6 seconds. Inside, a welcoming, luxurious cabin features seating for four, elegant open-pore wood trim, a roof liner reminding you of a night's starry sky and, of course, umbrellas in each door — a signature Rolls-Royce move.

Check out the photo gallery below. Cars.com Photos by Evan Sears.

By Robby DeGraff | March 28, 2013 | Comments (2)

2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith: Up Close

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Rolls-Royces are not like other cars. This becomes evident upon approaching one, even in the controlled confines of an auto show. It's massive, upright and it feels like it's of an entirely different species than the vehicles in surrounding displays. The new 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith, which made its North American debut at the 2013 New York International Auto Show, is no different.

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It frankly looks like nothing else on the show floor. From the upright grille to the totally unique roofline, it has a commanding presence and exudes a sense of gravitas missing from nearly every other car made by any manufacturer. The detailing is extraordinary — the A-pillars, roof and B-pillars are all one surface, an unbroken plane from the base of the windshield up, over and down to the trunk. And it is a trunk, not a hatchback, despite the Wraith's unusual shape. The trunk is completely lined with carpet nicer than what is in most rental apartments.

By Aaron Bragman | March 28, 2013 | Comments (0)

Rolls-Royce Wraith: First Look

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  • Competes with: Bentley Continental GT, Mercedes-Benz CL600
  • Looks like: An understated coupe design for an ostentatious vehicle
  • Drivetrain: 624-hp, twin-turbo 6.6-liter V-12, "Satellite-Aided" eight-speed ZF transmission
  • Hits dealerships: Late 2013, in Europe
  • MSRP: 245,000 euros ($319,633 equivalent, US pricing not announced)

The Geneva Motor Show has been receiving a lot of press with the idea that the European auto industry is in a slump, that nobody is buying new cars, and that frugality and smallness are prevailing themes. Yet we've seen a new hyper-Ferrari, a new hyper-Lamborghini and this new Rolls-Royce coupe introduced at the show.

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This is the new Rolls-Royce Wraith, essentially a two-door version of the Ghost sedan, an ultra-luxury fastback coupe that will join the lineup in Europe late this year.

By Aaron Bragman | March 5, 2013 | Comments (5)

Recall Alert: 2013 Rolls-Royce Phantom

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Rolls-Royce is recalling 27 model-year 2013 versions of the Phantom luxury car due to a problem with the fuel-filler neck, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The affected vehicles were manufactured from Nov. 2, 2012, through Jan. 18, 2013 (check your vehicle's build date on a sticker on the driver-side doorjamb). In these cars, the fuel-filler necks may be missing a device that prevents static electricity, increasing the risk of a fire.

Rolls-Royce started notifying owners in early February 2013, and dealers will inspect and replace the affected parts for free. Owners can call Rolls-Royce at 877-877-3735 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more information.

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By Jennifer Geiger | February 21, 2013 | Comments (0)

Rolls-Royce Teases New Wraith Coupe

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British luxury-car maker Rolls-Royce is launching a coupe version of its Ghost sedan and resurrecting an old name for the model. The Wraith will join the Ghost and the Phantom in the lineup and will debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

The automaker released a teaser image but few details, saying only that the Wraith promises to be the most powerful Rolls-Royce in history. The current Ghost sedan is powered by a 563-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 6.6-liter V-12 paired with an eight-speed automatic.

Rolls-Royce didn't provide any specs, but did say, "When Wraith is present, for that fleeting moment, the world will stand still." Commence eye roll.  

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 22, 2013 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2011 Rolls-Royce Ghost

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Rolls-Royce is recalling a small amount of model-year 2011 turbocharged versions of its Ghost sedan to address a faulty water pump, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A total of 69 vehicles equipped with turbocharged eight- or 12-cylinder engines are being recalled.

In the affected vehicles, the circuit board that controls the electric auxiliary water pump could overheat. This could lead to a vehicle fire. Several of parent BMW’s vehicles also were recalled for the same problem.

Rolls-Royce will notify owners this month, and dealers will replace the affected parts free of charge. Owners can call Rolls-Royce at 877-877-3735 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.

By Jennifer Geiger | April 16, 2012 | Comments (10)

$1.2 Million Rolls-Royces are Hot Sellers in China

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Rolls-Royce and Bentley cars sold like gangbusters in 2011. Each brand had exceedingly strong global sales, with Rolls-Royce reaching its highest numbers in the brand's history.

While Bentley already has plans to expand its lineup by adding a SUV, we're learning that Rolls-Royce is just trying to keep up with demand for one of its most expensive products: the Rolls-Royce Phantom Dragon Edition, according to Bloomberg News.

Sold in China, the Dragon Edition features gold dragons painted along the vehicle's sides, embroidered head restraints and hand-stitched cushions for rear passengers. The kicker is its whopping $1.2 million price tag. That's about $800,000 more than a standard Rolls-Royce Phantom in this country. If you think its price is a deterrent, Rolls-Royce sold out of the model in just two months; it went on sale in August.

Rolls-Royce is finding huge success in China. In fact, China, not the U.S., is now the automaker's largest market. China's number of millionaires jumped to 1.11 million in 2010, a 33% increase. In the future, the ultra-luxury brand will likely continue to focus on expanding in emerging markets like China. The brand is currently seeing much stronger growth there than in its traditional markets of the U.S. and Britain.

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By Colin Bird | January 20, 2012 | Comments (2)

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