Bentley showcases exclusive Mulliner collection in Dubai

The Grand Convertible by Mulliner
Updated 25 November 2017
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Bentley showcases exclusive Mulliner collection in Dubai

DUBAI: Bentley has revealed an exclusive collection of Grand Convertibles by Mulliner at a private customer event in Dubai.
With just 19 examples of this open-top grand tourer available to order, the car’s rarity is assured. Bentley describes the new collection as “the ultimate in powerful, sensuous open-top motoring.” The number 19 celebrates the year that Bentley was founded, 1919.
This powerful car has a V8 6.75 liter twin-turbo engine, which generates 530bhp and 1100Nm of torque. The interior design was inspired by high-performance powerboats.
Each Grand Convertible will be created in close consultation with its owner, developing both the interior and exterior style to their requirements and using the finest of materials and processes. The interior of the Grand Convertible will be a showcase for Mulliner’s master craftsmen and trim specialists.
Stefan Sielaff, director of Bentley design and Mulliner, said: “The Grand Convertible by Mulliner will appeal to automotive connoisseurs seeking the ultimate in prestige and exclusivity.”


Porsche could build flying taxis, says sales chief

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Updated 13 April 2018
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Porsche could build flying taxis, says sales chief

FRANKFURT: Volkswagen’s sports car maker Porsche could develop a flying passenger vehicle to compete with rivals in a possible market for urban air taxis and ride-sharing services, Porsche sales chief Detlev von Platen told a German magazine.
“That would really make sense. If I drive from (the Porsche plant in) Zuffenhausen to Stuttgart airport, I need at least half an hour, if I’m lucky. Flying would take only three and a half minutes,” Automobilwoche quoted von Platen as saying.
Porsche would join a raft of companies working on designs for flying cars in anticipation of a shift in the transport market away from conventional cars to self-driving vehicles shared via ride-hailing apps.
Volkswagen’s auto designer Italdesign and Airbus at last year’s Geneva auto show presented a two-seater flying car, called Pop.Up, designed to avoid gridlock on city roads.
The magazine said that under Porsche’s plans, passengers would be able to have some control over the flying vehicle themselves but would not need a pilot license because many of the car’s functions would be automated.
Potential competitors to a flying vehicle made by Porsche would be German start-ups Volocopter, backed by Daimler , Lilium Jet and eVolo, as well as US-based Terrafugia and California-based Joby Aviation.