CREWE, England - The next Rolls-Royce and Bentley cars will be large but 'more rounded to make them appear smaller,' said CEO Graham Morris.
The first major redesigns of the cars in 17 years have been frozen. The in-house design team was led by chief stylist Graham Hill and styling manager Simon Loasby.
Rolls-Royce models will have BMW V-12 engines. Bentleys will have twin-turbo V-8s. Both engines will be manufactured to unique specifications and will not be available in BMW models.
'This is a very good but very straightforward supplier arrangement,' said Morris. 'Germany is to be a major sales target, but we shall not be trading there on the fact that our cars have BMW engines. Our marques stand on their own merits.'
Morris would not disclose introduction dates.
Output is currently 44 cars a week, 10 of which are two-door models. The current two-door will likely overlap the new two-door. Four-door output will continue at its current rate until production of this series ends. Rolls-Royce will not say when that will be.
Engine production will move temporarily to sister company Cosworth during the factory reorganization.
The new factory layout will boost productivity by 50 percent, said Morris. Each car will take about 400 hours to build, compared to 800 hours now.