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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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England Captain Opts for Rolls Royce Wedding Car

While mince pies and Baileys are many peoples’ focus during December, the sports calendar is full to the brim, with games occupying the family tele pretty much all month.  

This year, we have seen an increase in appetite for cricket, with many of the nation’s eyes being fixed on the movements of England’s Captain, Joe Root. Having risen to fame, the sportsman is pretty used to having his photo taken. However, this Saturday he posed for his wedding pictures, marrying his partner, Carrie Cotterell, in Sheffield. 

With the community of cricket fans eager to see how the day panned out, we at Limo Broker were thrilled with Root’s transport decision, opting for a stunning, white Rolls Royce to get him, his father and his best man to the ceremony.  

Proposing to his girlfriend before the World Twenty20 in 2016, Root got down on one knee the night before he left for India, overjoyed when his partner agreed to tie the knot.  

In good spirits as he left the country engaged to be married, Root managed to score a half-century against West Indies. Unfortunately, this was not enough for them to secure the win, with England returning home without the trophy.  

Root is not the only celebrity who has chosen a Roller for their nuptials, with Nick Jonas’ wedding to Priyanka Chopra also featuring a stunning fleet of the British vehicles.  

Here at Limo Broker, we know that hiring Rolls Royces is a trend that also exists outside the celebrity circle, with Rolls Royce Phantoms and Rolls Royce Ghosts being the most sought-after wedding vehicles of 2018.  

Let us know what you think. Do Rolls Royces make for the perfect wedding cars? We would love to hear your thoughts and opinions.

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EZ-Ultimo: The Limo that’s a 5-star Hotel Inside

As you well know, here at Limo Broker, we love nothing more than an experimental limousine concept, enjoying looking at designs that give us an insight into future travel. This is why this week we were thrilled to learn more about the Renault limo concept; a vehicle that is basically a 5-star hotel built inside a car cabin!

Being the talk of the car manufacturing industry, the limousine is being called the EZ-Ultimo. Unveiled at the Paris Auto Show, the limo quickly became known as “Batman’s limo”. Impressive on every level, from the exterior to the interior, the concept is a great example of how creative manufacturers are getting in the race to autonomous travel.

Forbes explained:

“EZ-Ultimo lives up to its name. It is a grand vision of the future, in which the ultra-rich are chauffeured in opulence befitting royalty.”

A futuristic design

Fit for royalty, the cabin is grand to say the least, created solely to impress important travellers. Set to provide an unparalleled transport experience, the cabin boasts natural materials such as marble, woods and fine leathers, making for a calming atmosphere for passengers. But ‘why is it being compared to a hotel?’ we hear you ask. Well, passengers sit adjacent to one another, with glass panels and plush leather making it not dissimilar to a high-end hotel lobby.

What’s more is that the exterior is nothing but extravagant, with the concept limousine being 19 feet long. Though colossal in size, the car only seats four people, giving four lucky passengers a roomy, relaxed way to travel. The limo is also completely autonomous, meaning there will be no driver, just the wonders of new technology to navigate you around the city.

Let us know what you think. Has Renault given us a hint of what future road travel will be like? Leave your comments with us.