Rolls-Royce bid developments

Development of new models will top the agenda when Rolls-Royce Motor Cars directors sit down with the company’s new owner early in July, according to director of engineering Tony Gott. The sale of the company to Volkswagen is expected to be confirmed on 3 July. ‘It would be wonderful if we could get to do […]

Development of new models will top the agenda when Rolls-Royce Motor Cars directors sit down with the company’s new owner early in July, according to director of engineering Tony Gott.

The sale of the company to Volkswagen is expected to be confirmed on 3 July.

‘It would be wonderful if we could get to do a smaller Bentley,’ said Gott, in an interview with The Engineer to be published in our next issue.

Gott also confirmed Bentley’s desire to return to GTracing at Le Mans, but the company will not resurrect the Bentley Concept Java, unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1994. This luxury sports cabriolet has already been consigned to the archives because the design is outmoded.

An alternative small sports car will entail investment in a new production line. The £40m assembly line for the Silver Seraph and Bentley Arnage cars started up in January. Seven hundred cars have been made at Crewe since then; the line has a capacity of only 5,000 a year.

Volkswagen has already said it intends to increase production to 10,000 cars a year. Further expansion could take place in the old machine shop, now standing empty, which has the same capacity as the new assembly hall.

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