Text: Vince Pornelos / Photos: Rolls-Royce Press | posted January 25, 2013 16:15
Will Autohub Group bring in RR?
It seems that a very prominent auto group might be in the works to bring in the world's most evocative auto brand to the country: Rolls-Royce.
The possible distributor? The Autohub Group led by Mr. Willie Tee-Ten.
If you're into cars, chances are you know them. He and his group owns and operates various dealerships around the metro like Nissan Gallery Ortigas and Quezon Avenue, Ford Global City, Hyundai Global City, and even the Mazda and Nissan dealerships in Cagayan De Oro. Autohub also serves as the parent company of AutoItalia that distributes Piaggio Ape, as well as British United Automobiles (BUA) which brings in MINI.
The BUA connection is the interesting bit. MINI is currently owned by the BMW Group. And, as we know, the BMW Group is also the parent company of Rolls-Royce. Currently, Rolls-Royce produces 4 ultra-luxury models: the Phantom (saloon, since 2003), the Phantom Drophead Coupe (convertible, since 2007), the Phantom Coupe (hardtop coupe, since 2008), and the Ghost (saloon, since 2010). A fifth model called the Wraith is set for debut in Geneva this March.
If it is confirmed, then it will be interesting for the Philippine ultra-luxury auto segment, especially since Bentley has already been confirmed for launch, and will be distributed by PGA Cars.
Unusually, we came to this theory after spotting some photos of Autohub executives visiting London and being driven around in a Rolls-Royce Phantom Series II, as well as paying a visit to the Home of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in Goodwood with their matching Rolls-Royce coats. The clincher was the comment on the photos in which Michael Cua (Tee-Ten's partner in Autohub) stated: "Can't wait, it's gonna be more fun in the Philippines."
We asked them for a comment on the possibility of RR being officially sold in the Philippines, to which Cua jokingly said: "Just got lucky with the hotel shuttle."
We should all be so lucky.