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Old 08-04-2007, 12:48 PM   #1
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BMW/Rolls Royce

Hey all, I haven't postd for a long while. And I hate to come back asking for help.

but can someone please tell me how much of an affiliation BMW and Rolls actually have. I haven't been able to find much out there.
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Old 08-04-2007, 01:16 PM   #2
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Rolls Royce was afaik bought up by BMW and is now some sort of subsidiary
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Old 08-04-2007, 04:32 PM   #3
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i believe it is similar to volks/audi and their ownership of bently, bugatti, and lamborghini
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Old 08-04-2007, 04:34 PM   #4
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what xsperf said. rolls was going bankrupt, BMW bought it, made it profitable again, but lets rolls operate as its own unit... provided they stay in the black.
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Old 08-04-2007, 04:44 PM   #5
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source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rolls-Royce_Motor_Cars

In 1998, owners Vickers decided to sell Rolls-Royce Motors. The most likely buyer was BMW, who already supplied engines and other components for Rolls-Royce and Bentley cars, but BMW's final offer of 340m was beaten by Volkswagen's 430m.

However Rolls-Royce plc, the aero-engine maker, decided it would license certain essential trademarks (the Rolls-Royce name and logo) not to VW but to BMW, with whom it had recently had joint business ventures. VW had bought rights to the "Spirit of Ecstasy" hood ornament and the shape of the radiator grille, but it lacked rights to the Rolls-Royce name necessary to build the cars. Likewise, BMW lacked rights to the grille and mascot. BMW bought an option on the trademarks, licensing the name and "RR" logo for 40m, a deal that many commentators thought was a bargain for possibly the most valuable property in the deal. VW claimed that it had only really wanted Bentley anyway.

BMW and VW arrived at a solution. From 1998 to 2002 BMW would continue to supply engines for the cars and would allow use of the names, but this would cease on January 1, 2003. On that date, only BMW would be able to name cars "Rolls-Royce", and VW's former Rolls-Royce/Bentley division would build only cars called "Bentley". Rolls Royce's convertible, the Corniche, ceased production in 2002.

edit: OT but Bentley is better .
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WE OWN THEM

that's right!
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Old 08-18-2007, 11:48 AM   #7
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Rooz, You do not own it. BMW owns it and the owner should be saying that not you. I hate when people say that they own rolls or lambo just because thewy drive a bimmer or an audi.
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^Rooz didn't say he owed them he said 'we'. Which I took as him being funny and bring a bit of humor to the fact that BMW owns rolls....hince the smiling and laughing smilies.

BMW several things they have just sitting around don't they? MG, Triumph and maybe Rover.....they might had given Rover to Ford in the Land Rover deal though....I can't remember some one correct me if I'm wrong, which I think I am.
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Rooz, You do not own it. BMW owns it and the owner should be saying that not you. I hate when people say that they own rolls or lambo just because thewy drive a bimmer or an audi.

you sir, are an idiot. you dont need to be so technical about everything and you damn sure dont need to be so stupid
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Rover, actually, was sold by BMW to an investment company for the price of 10 pounds. Rover is now revived by Nanjing Corp. (China) under the name of Roewe. I don't know about MG and Triumph, BMW supplies Motors to Fisker Coachbuild, too and to Morgan.
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