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WhatsApp Founder Puts Porsche Collection up for Auction

Here at Limo Broker, we are fascinated by two things; fine cars and high-end technology. This is why we were thrilled to learn that a tech guru was selling his collection of supercars.

According to sources, Jan Koum, the co-founder of messaging application, WhatsApp, will part with his 10-car Porsche collection. Commissioning classic car auction house, Gooding & Co, to sell the Porsches, the vehicles will be sold with no reserve whatsoever.

The collection will be available to the general public on March 8th, with auction attendees getting a chance to bid on the following:

  • 1966 Porsche 964 Carrera RS
  • 1993 Porsche 964 Carrera RS
  • 1995 Porsche 993 Carrera RS
  • 2008 Porsche 997 GT3 RS
  • 2010 Porsche 997 GT3 RS
  • 2011 Porsche 997 GT2 RS
  • 2011 Porsche 997 GT3 RS 4.0
  • 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder (Weissach)
  • 2016 Porsche 911 R
  • 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4

“I am very excited to partner with Gooding to help find the next custodian for these wonderful machines.” says Koum.

“Many of these Porsches offered for sale are the best examples in the world and they are all an important part of my collection. If I had unlimited time and unlimited garage space, I would never sell any of them, but nevertheless I’ll be very happy to see the next owner enjoy driving these special cars on the road or on the racetrack – just as Porsche intended for them to be used.”

Here at Limo Broker, we are huge Porsche fanatics and would be honoured to offer any of the above cars out for hire to our customers. And, with more and more people buying and renting Porsches, we are hugely confident these Porsches will sell like hot cakes.

Let us know what you think. What would you part with to become the proud owner of any of these supercars on offer?

A Big Year for BMW, Rolls Royce and Mini

As you will be well aware, here at Limo Broker we are luxury car fanatics, enjoying nothing more than adding new, beautiful chauffeur cars and sports cars to our already-exquisite fleet. Enjoying chauffeuring our customers for high-end events such as weddings, proms, birthday parties and corporate events, we are naturally in demand for Rolls Royces, BMWs and the likes; vehicles that possess a certain je ne sais quoi!  

And, over the course of the last 12 months, we have witnessed a notable trend, with more and more of our customers showing an interest in vehicles from said brands. This is something that has been noticed globally, with sales of such vehicles rocketing in 2018.  

According to BMW Group, the number of owners of BMW, Rolls Royce and Mini vehicles rose substantially in 2018, with the firm enjoying a record-breaking year.  

Figures released by the firm show that the group sold a 2.49 million cars during this defining year. However, with Daimler yet to reveal their statistics to the public, we are do not know whether or not BMW have yet again beat Mercedes Benz and the likes to the top.  

“BMW Group achieved record sales in 2018. 2.49 million vehicles mean the BMW Group is the world’s leading premium automotive company for the 15th year running,” said Chief Executive of the group, Harald Krueger confirmed in a recent statement. 

However, this is no real surprise, with the BMW X5 and the Rolls Royce Cullinan both being the recipients of a string of high-profile awards during the course of the year. As brands that seem to have perfected the balance between style and sustainable motoring, can we expect a repeat performance in 2019? We would love to hear your thoughts and opinions on this subject. Will the BMW Group reign supreme yet again?

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Katie Price Shops for Chauffeur Following Driving Ban

Katie Price is a celebrity that has always displayed a love for fine cars, renowned for her lavish vehicle purchases and passion for Range Rovers in particular. However, the beauty queen now finds herself without a UK driving licence, having this week been issued with a driving ban.

Accepting a 3-month-long driving ban as well as a £1,100 penalty fine, the 40-year-old model has now taken to using chauffeur car hire services, having been paparazzied in various luxury cars over the past few weeks.
Following a trip with her trusty team, Katie snapped a picture of a high-end black Mercedes, captioning the image with the following:

“Best chauffeur company in London thank you very much for always looking after me Team HR I have lots of work for you now 😂”

Seeming to make light of her situation, fans were quick to credit the mum-of-five for her honesty, not steering away from the bad press but instead embracing it.

One person commented ‘Hilarious Katie…driving bans are always funny things!’, while another said: ‘I think what you really need is an Oyster card.’

However, not all of the star’s Instagram followers saw the funny side of her post.

‘What a joke! You’re apparently skint, can’t afford to pay your fine but you’re riding around in a Chauffeur driven car’ one wrote.

According to sources, Katie will revisit the courtroom at the end of February to face more drink driving charges. This is in addition to the charges she faces for driving whilst disqualified.

Let us know what you think. Should Katie Price been splashing out on chauffeur car hire or should she be taking her close brush with bankruptcy a little more seriously? Leave your comments and thoughts on this story with us.

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Putin’s Limo Can Now be Yours

In recent years, we have seen the war of the presidential limo reach new heights, with Trump and Putin going head-to-head, eager to outshine one another with their state limousines. While both sporting exceptional motors, many of us have become fascinated by Putin’s Aurus limousine; a car developed especially for the presidential motorcade.

As a new brand, many believed his choice of car to be risky, ditching the trusty Mercedes limo for a new, untested model.

A ‘bunker on wheels’

Described as a ‘bunker of wheels’ the limousine puts safety and passenger comfort as priorities; two features that will no doubt served the president well daily.

Due to the limo’s success, the Aurus will now enter full mass production, giving everyone the chance to own their very own Aurus limo. But, this story comes as no surprise, with expansion having been on the brand’s radar for many years now.

“We have started receiving signals from various countries about their desire to buy the [Aurus] limousine. Bahrain is among such countries. But while mass production has not been set up yet, there are only a few cars available. In the future, it will be possible,” the representative said back in 2017.

5000 limos to be made

According to sources, the production line will begin in 2020, with the facilities of Russia’s automobile company, Sollers, being utilised for the project.

Trade Minister, Denis Manturov, made the announcement just this week, revealing that some 5,000 Aurus cars will be produced per year. So far, the brand has only been producing limousines and Sedans. However, with this extra capacity and further investment, the range is set to expand dramatically, stamping Aurus’ name in the Russian manufacturing industry for the foreseeable future.

An off-road vehicle entitled the Aurus Komendant is also set to roll off the production line before 2022; a project that the drivers of Russia eagerly await.

The aim of the brand was to position Russia as a world leader in vehicle manufacturing; a target Aurus is getting closer to on a daily basis. Let us know what you think. Will this project be a success?

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The Best Cars of 2018

As 2018 draws to a close, we reflect on the past 12 months, thinking about the wonderful cars that rolled off of the production line. Being a defining year for car manufacturing, 2018 has given us some of the most incredible vehicle creations; vehicles that the Daily Express Motoring Oscars 2018 wish to celebrate.

Naming the winners of the annual awards, you may be surprised by some of the choices!

So, without further ado, below are the cars that reigned supreme:

Best premium electric car: Jaguar I-Pace

Electric cars have no doubt been the focus for 2018, with almost every car manufacturer venturing into this corner of the industry. However, one car that has stood out is the Jaguar I-Pace, gaining the title of ‘Best Premium Electric Car’. As the first premium all-electric SUV, the judges believed the car warranted its £63,000 price tag.

Best sports car: Alpine A110

Now, here’s a category the Limo Broker team were interested in; ‘Best Sports Car’. While a competitive space, the Alpine A110 understandably outshone its competitors. From its lightweight nature to its turbo-charged engine, when it comes to speed and handling, the Alpine ticks all the boxes.

Best mainstream electric: Hyundai Kona EV

Again, wanting to promote the electric side of the industry, the award for ‘Best Mainstream Electric’ was a focus for many. Being a growing division, the win went to the Hyundai Kona EV; a car credited for its 279 mile range.

Best Hatchbacks – Ford Focus/ Kia Ceed

When it comes to hatchbacks, the market is understandably dominated by the Ford Focus; a great car with a competitive price tag. But, this year the Focus had a competitor, sharing the title of ‘Best Hatchback’ with the Kia Ceed.

Best family saloon: Peugeot 508

With family cars, we are spoilt for choice here in Europe. As a category that the French dominate, it came as no surprise when the Peugeot 508 was named ‘Best Family Saloon’.

Next Luxury Car – Bentley Continental

The luxury end of the market is certainly our forte, with the team in total agreeance that Bentley deserved to win the ‘Best Luxury Car’ group. Placing the Bentley Continental GT as the pinnacle of luxury travel, the Daily Express Motoring Oscars felt the car was worth every penny of its £150,000 asking price.

Best hot hatch: Ford Fiesta ST

Lording the Hot Hatch division this year is the Ford Fiesta ST; an incredible-looking car with power in abundance. The new optional Performance Pack extra was no doubt a deciding factor for the judges.

Best 4×4: BMW X5

Last, but by no means least, we have the 4X4 category; with the BMW X5 impressing this year’s judges. Having now graced over 2.2 million customers, this his fourth-generation version is expected to continue the model’s reputation for greatness.

Let us know what you think. Are all of these wins deserved?