WHAT'S SO BRITISH ABOUT A ROLLS-ROYCE?

Like fog and bowler hats, the name Rolls-Royce seems synonymous with Britain itself, evoking images of pomp, pageantry and tradition. Which goes to illustrate the power of marketing - like every automaker today, Rolls-Royce buys its components from all over the world:

The 6.75-liter V-8 is derived from a Buick engine.

The automatic transmission is supplied by General Motors.

The airbag and brake systems are from BMW and Bosch.

The suspension is from Citroen.

The fabled leather interiors come from Scandinavia.

Body panels come from Rover, now a part of BMW AG.

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