Rolls-Royce mulls building its first SUV: CEO

Wed Sep 11, 2013 7:01am EDT
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By Andreas Cremer and Irene Preisinger

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Rolls-Royce (BMWG.DE: Quote), the maker of the 345,550-euro ($458,400) ultra-luxury Phantom saloon, is considering building its first sport-utility vehicle.

"The (SUV) segment is highly interesting," chief executive Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes told Reuters at the Frankfurt motor show on Wednesday. "We're now looking at it but there are no plans as yet."

Rolls-Royce's U.K.-based rival Bentley (VOWG_p.DE: Quote) is planning to build its first four-by-four, the so-called EXP 9 F concept, which debuted in March 2012. Lamborghini also recently showcased the Urus SUV, though production hasn't been approved yet by parent VW.

Rolls-Royce, owned by German premium automaker BMW (BMWG.DE: Quote), expects to increase global sales above last year's 3,575 cars and aims to cross the 4,000-threshold in 2014, the CEO said in an interview.

(Reporting by Andreas Cremer; Editing by Jonathan Gould)

Torsten Mueller Oetvoes, chief executive officer of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd., poses for photos after an interview at a Rolls-Royce showroom in Hong Kong January 11, 2012. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu