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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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Frank Sinatra’s Rolls Royce Could be Yours

In our opinion, there is nothing more exciting than a great car owned by a great celebrity, with we at Limo Broker being lucky enough to boast some pretty extraordinary cars on our books. This is why we are thrilled to learn of a new Rolls Royce up for grabs. According to sources, a Roller previous owned by the one and only Frank Sinatra is on the market.

But, unlike many celebrity cars, this car was actually used by the music sensation, not just left in a garage to rust. Bought for the ‘Fly Me to the Moon’ singer, the 1984 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible was a 70th birthday present, gifted to Sinatra by fellow Rat Pack members Sammy Davis Jr and Dean Martin.

A £125,000 price tag

Brought over from New York to the UK when purchased after the star’s death, the car will now go up for auction at the NEC Classic Motor Show Sale in Birmingham. Taking place on November 10th, the car is expected to fetch a commendable £125,000. Having recently had £47,000 spent on it to restore it, the Rolls Royce is in a truly spectacular state.

“Frank Sinatra is a name that has remained prominent in the world of music and culture and even since his death in 1998, Sinatra’s films and music are still revered as some of the greatest of all time,” said Arwel Richards, classic car specialist at Silverstone Auctions.

“Offering Ol’ Blue Eyes’ Rolls-Royce at auction for the first time in its history presents an amazing opportunity for film, music and car fans alike. The influence Sinatra still holds over the music and film industry to this day is real evidence of the respect and love he garnered throughout his career.”

Let us know what you think, would you part with £125,000 for Frank Sinatra’s car?

Students help Bentley design the cars of the future

Having just celebrated their 100th year in the business, Bentley are going to great lengths to remain popular in the ever-changing world of transport. Getting involved in various electric and driverless car projects, Bentley has this week placed focus on the future of British transportation. Roping in the help of Royal College of Art students, Bentley asked students to create images of what they thought cars would look like in 2050. And, what they came up with was nothing short of genius.

While the designs were certainly exercising the theme of radicality, many of the mechanical concepts were not too farfetched. Though all different in design, the general consensus was that cars will symbolise individuality and freedom in 2050, with transport of the future being about a lot more than getting from A to B. It was also agreed that the conventional, internal combustion engine would no longer be a popular car makeup. Instead, people will occasionally drive conventional cars, simply for the feeling of nostalgia. Mostly drivers are expected to travel in fully-electric, automated cars.

“Bentley has always been at the forefront of automotive luxury, and with this collaboration we asked millennial students for their vision of the future,” says Bentley’s Design Director Stefan Sielaff.

“We wanted ideas and concepts that could potentially lead us in new and interesting directions, using the perspective of these digital natives – from all over the world – to see things differently. These second-year students are the ones who will be designing the cars of the future – the taste makers in training, if you will. That’s why the results of the challenge are so exciting.”

Let us know what you think, will we be driving in such outlandish cars in just 30 years’ time?