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2015 Rolls-Royce Wraith

New Rolls-Royce convertible in development

2015 Rolls-Royce Wraith

British automaker  is stirring excitement in the auto community with the announcement of what seems to be a convertible slated for 2016.

In a statement issued to the press on Tuesday, Rolls-Royce’s CEO, Torsten Müller-Ötvös, said: “We are currently developing an exciting and thoroughly contemporary interpretation of a pinnacle drophead tourer which will introduce even more discerning men and women to Rolls-Royce ownership.”

It is understood that the car is already in an advanced prototype stage, meaning that it will be ready to make its first public appearance at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2015.

SEE ALSO: ROLLS-ROYCE OWNERS LIKE THE PERSONAL TOUCH

Despite being one of the most exclusive and elusive brands in the industry, Rolls Royce has already sold 1,968 cars this year, up 33.4% year-on-year according to its latest accounts, which were also published Tuesday.

This growth in demand has been spurred on in no small part by the introduction of the Wraith.

2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith

It is a true GT tourer that’s as fast as it is comfortable and is a serious, luxurious alternative to anything with four seats that Ferrari, Aston Martin or Porsche can offer. The company has made no secret of the fact that the new car has indeed poached clients from all of those marques.

And while the company isn’t offering many clues as to what exactly the new model will offer, there is very little doubt that the new car will be a convertible version of the two-door Wraith coupé.

Bugatti Veyron Ettore Bugatti special edition

Bugatti Reveals the Veyron Ettore Special Edition

Bugatti Veyron Ettore Bugatti special edition

 is concluding its “Les Légendes de Bugatti” family of special editions with the sixth member dedicated to company founder Ettore Bugatti.

In 2013, Bugatti announced that it would create six very special editions of the already very special Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse.

Each would be inspired by a legendary figure within the brand’s history, each of the six vehicles in the series would be limited to just three examples and each would come with a €2.35 million price tag.

And as the Bugatti Veyron itself gets ready to say farewell, it is only right that the final special edition is dedicated to Ettore Bugatti himself, the Milanese man whose love of speed, passion for technology and obsession with performance and perfection led to the birth of the brand itself in 1909.

Bugatti Veyron Ettore Bugatti

As such, the Bugatti Legend “Ettore Bugatti” attempts to reflect the great man’s love of purity and of natural materials.

The exterior features hand-polished, clear-coated aluminum paneling and it will contrast against dark blue exposed carbon fiber.

Inside the cabin is wrapped in two tones of cordovan leather and a platinum coated dancing elephant emblem — a reference to the badge that Bugatti’s brother designed and which features on a number of early cars — takes pride of place between the driver and passenger seat.

Bugatti Veyron Ettore Bugatti interior

But as well as exquisite craftsmanship and extreme exclusivity, the car, like all Veyrons, is incredibly fast. A top speed of 409kph (254mph) and a 0-100kph time of 2.6 seconds makes it the fastest convertible in the world.

And, when it is unveiled at Pebble Beach on August 15, it will be alongside the other five Legends in the series

Bugatti Veyron Jean Pierre Wimille back

(The ‘Les Legendes de Bugatti’ family of special editions has already had 5 Grand Sport Vitesse models: Grand Sport Vitesse models: Black Bess, Rembrandt Bugatti, Jean-Pierre Wimille, Meo Constantini and Jean Bugatti).

BMW Individual 6 Series Gran Coupe Bang & Olufsen Edition

BMW Individual 6 Series Gran Coupe Bang & Olufsen Edition

BMW Individual 6 Series Gran Coupe Bang & Olufsen Edition

Promising to combine the design and engineering prowess of both companies in a single object of desire, only 10 Bang and Olufsen Edition BMW Individual 6 Series Gran Coupés are set to roll off the production line.

As well as being rare, they will also be incredibly fast, thanks to a special competition package of features including a twin-turbo V8 with 575hp on tap and a choice of rear-wheel or all-wheel drive.

Available in two understated exterior colors, Brilliant White Metallic or Dark Graphite II Metallic, the car’s interior is also equally subtle in terms of finish.

The seats are covered in handcrafted Merino Leathers and the door panel and dashboard inserts are black piano wood.

BMW Individual 6 Series Gran Coupe Bang & Olufsen

Then there’s the  sound system. It features 16 separate active loudspeakers, each dressed in a brushed black aluminum cover for a combined 1200 watts. The finishing touch is a set of matching black BeoPlay H6 high-end headphones.

The car comes with pretty much every creature comfort, including active driver aids and infotainment options that the company offers, as standard.

 hopes to start delivering the first cars this summer and warns potential customers that orders are being taken on a first come, first served basis.

Bentley Mulsanne 95 Edition thumb

Bentley celebrates 95 years with Mulsanne 95

Bentley Mulsanne 95 edition

Bentley has built a very special edition of its flagship , inspired by British history and craftsmanship to celebrate its birthday.

The Mulsanne 95 is conceived to show how ‘s British heritage and history can sit side-by-side with the most contemporary and modern global design themes and concepts of luxury.

The car will be offered in a choice of three Union Flag-referencing colors — (Britannia) Blue, (Empire) Red and (Oxford) White — each of which has been specially created for and applied to the model using the latest technologies, but then meticulously hand-finished at the company’s paint shop.

Bentley Mulsanne 95 inside

Likewise, the cabin is a demonstration of how lashings of leather and wood can sit comfortably alongside the most modern of in-car features.

Bentley searches the globe for sustainable wood that can be used for interior veneers, and for the Mulsanne 95 the wood has come from an extremely rare walnut tree, estimated to be between 300 and 400 years old. But don’t worry, it wasn’t simply hacked down, it came down during a storm in 2007.

Bentley Mulsanne 95 edition interior

Other unique touchesinclude illuminated treadplates featuring the Union Flag and ‘Ninety-five’ and 95 emblems embroidered on the seats.

The car is available to order now through Bentley showrooms in the UK. Only 15 examples will be created!

Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Waterspeed Collection

Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Waterspeed

The  Drophead Coupé Waterspeed Collection is a special bespoke series that will only ever run to 35 examples, each of which will be finished in a special ‘Maggiore Blue’.

It’s a color developed to pay homage to the Bluebird K3, Campbell’s famous Rolls-Royce powered watercraft that on September 2, 1937 hit a top speed of 129.5mph (208.41km) across Lake Maggiore on the Italian-Swiss border. The run set a new world waterspeed record.

Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Waterspeed motor

The Maggiore Blue paint is applied in nine layers and then is sanded back by hand to ensure a perfect surface to receive the finishing lacquered coat.

But it doesn’t stop there, as the company’s master coachline painter then spends four hours adding coachlines and Bluebird motifs.

Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Waterspeed

The Phantom Drophead usually comes with a teak decking cover that raises to receive the roof when the top is down, but this has been replaced, for the first time, by brushed steel. However, each panel of this steel is hand beaten into shape, a task that takes 70 hours, then the brushed finish is also achieved by hand, adding a further 10 hours on to the process.

Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Waterspeed interior

Inside, the doors feature hand engraving and there is prodigious use of Abachi wood. Chosen for its special qualities — it’s cool to the touch and has a satin-like finish — it is the first time the material has ever featured in a factory-built Rolls-Royce.

There is also a hand-embroidered panel on the glovebox which lists all of the records Campbell achieved at Lake Maggiore and Coniston Water.

Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Waterspeed glovebox

The car will be revealed in Chelsea, London in front of an exclusive audience of invited guests on May 13 and will make its first public appearance at the Concorso d’Eleganza at the Villa D’Este classic car show in Italy on May 23.

Ferrari 458 Speciale interior

Fiat to limit Ferrari output despite huge demand

Ferrari 458 Speciale interior

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will keep a lid on production of new Ferraris over the next five years despite huge demand in emerging markets like China, Fiat chief Sergio Marchionne said Tuesday.

Marchionne said in Detroit that Ferrari sold 7,000 of its supercars in 2013 and expects to sell the same number in 2018.

While rising wealth in China and other emerging markets could sustain expanding  production to 10,000 units annually, Ferrari’s management have agreed not to expand production for now.

“We want to keep production capped to preserve the brands uniqueness, while continuing to search for opportunities in emerging markets but maintain exclusivity in mature ones,” said Marchionne.

At the same time, Marchionne said Ferrari will launch a new model every year, with a four-year life cycle for each new model.

It will launch special limited series targeting the wealthiest customers and broaden its “personalization” of key models to boost Ferrari’s profit margins.

BMW 30 JAHRE M5

The BMW M5 “30 years of the M5″ edition

BMW 30 JAHRE M5

BMW’s M division has marked the 30th anniversary of the M5 with the unveiling of the most powerful version of the iconic four-door saloon yet.

The ‘standard’ fifth-generation M5, launched in 2011, boasted some hair-raising performance figures — 560hp, 680Nm of torque and a 0-100km/h time of 4.4 seconds despite being a huge four-door, five-seat sedan with plenty of luggage space.

BMW 30 JAHRE M5 interior photo

But to celebrate its birthday, BMW’s engineers have really gone to town.

The 30 Jahre (‘years of’ in German) M5 puts out 600hp, 700Nm of torque and hits 100km/h in just 3.9 seconds and all from the same, albeit massively tweaked, twin-turbo V8 engine.

BMW 30 JAHRE M5 interior

What’s more, all of that power comes with environmental responsibility in the form of a combined cycle fuel economy of 9.9l/100km (28.5mpg) and CO2 emissions of 231g/km.

BMW 30 JAHRE M5 logo

As well as the powertrain upgrades, the car comes in a special silver exterior paint finish and the cabin is packed full of high-tech features.

BMW M5 30th Anniversary

BMW will only be producing 300 examples of the car and there is little doubt that the order book will fill up almost as quickly as the car accelerates.

Porsche Macan compact SUV

Porsche reveals new base model Macan

Porsche Macan compact SUV

A less powerful and less thirsty version of the Porsche’s compact SUV will be heading to select Asian markets after its China motor show debut this week.

It looks almost identical to the 3-liter, turbocharged V6 version of the 2015 Porsche Macan SUV, but it sits on smaller 18-inch wheels as standard and offers a better combined cycle fuel efficiency of 36.7mpg (6.25l/100km).

It is also capable of hitting 100km/h (62mph) from standstill in 6.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 224km/h (139mph).

However, unlike any Porsche-badged car since the 968, it is powered by a four, rather than six-cylinder engine, albeit one with a turbocharger.

Still, to help sway the Porsche purists, the company will be offering it with its PDK paddle-shift transmission as standard.

The company has made no official announcement regarding the entry-level Macan’s sale in other territories, but according to Autocar, the new SUV could be joining Porsche’s European line-up in 2015.

Rolls-Royce Pinnacle Travel Phantom Unveiled in China

Rolls-Royce Pinnacle Travel Phantom

The Rolls-Royce Pinnacle Travel Phantom was created to celebrate China’s love of travel and to showcase the levels of craftsmanship the company can offer through its bespoke design studio.

The new Bespoke Collection car boasts an opulent two-tone exterior finish of Madeira Red and Silver Sand with complementing tones of leather and lambswool dressing the seats, roof liner and covering the floors.

The Rolls-Royce Pinnacle Travel Phantom

The seats and rear cushions are further embellished with a specially designed motif, stitched in smoke grey thread.

Rolls-Royce Pinnacle Travel Phantom inside

But as impressive and cosseting as all of that is, it is nothing compared to the marquetry that adorns the instrument panel and other cabin surfaces.

Rolls-Royce Pinnacle Travel Phantom interior details

The individual pieces of different colored wood veneers have been precision laser cut and then painstakingly assembled by hand to create the image of a train speeding across a landscape, leaving plumes of smoke in its wake.

Rolls-Royce Pinnacle Travel Phantom interior

In all, there are 230 individual pieces of marquetry adorning the cabin, from the front fascia to the rear passengers’ picnic tables. The incredible woodwork is complemented by some serious needlework too as the motif blends into the fabrics dressing the doors thanks to 24,633 individual stitches.

Lincoln MKC crossover SUV

Ford launches luxury Lincoln brand in China

Lincoln MKC crossover SUV

Ford Motor launched its luxury Lincoln car brand in China on Thursday, just days ahead of Beijing’s auto show in the world’s largest car market.

The company will begin sales in the autumn in seven cities with the Lincoln MKZ, a midsize sedan, and the Lincoln MKC, a small sports utility vehicle.

By 2016, three other Luxury vehicles will have joined the line-up: a midsize SUV, an “all-new” full-size sedan and a large SUV, the Lincoln Navigator.

The Lincoln vehicles will be sold through an independent network of 60 dealers in 50 cities across China by 2016.

A Lincoln team studied the new luxury automotive customers in China for the past three years and found they were underserved and their tastes were quickly evolving toward seeking luxury as a way to express individuality.

Customers will be able to visually explore the entire array of Lincoln models, colors and features, configure their desired vehicle, and view a life-size image of the customized vehicle both inside and out before making a selection.

Bugatti veyron black bess

Bugatti Veyron Black Bess, latest in Legends series

Bugatti veyron black bess

As with each model in the company’s six-part Legends Series, the fifth and penultimate car — called Black Bess — will be limited to three examples and is based on a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse.

However, in honor of the Type 18 — the historic Bugatti that is serving as inspiration for this very special edition — the car will feature an exterior of painted carbon fiber with gold accents and a special set of alloy wheels.

bugatti legend black bess veyron

Inside the cabin is finished in different contrasting leathers and racing motifs are embossed on the door panels.

One of the most famous Type 18 owners was French aviator Roland Garros who bought an example in 1912 hoping it would be as fast as his plane.

Bugatti Veyron Black Bess interior

As with all Bugattis in the Legends Series, the car will boast an 8-liter W16 engine, 1184bhp and a top speed of 254mph, making it the fastest production convertible in the world. It will also come with a €2.2 million price tag.

The car will go on public display for the first time at the Beijing motor show, which opens its doors to the press on April 20.

Bugatti Veyron legend Black Bess

Mercedes-Benz SL 400

New Mercedes SL 400 replaces SL 350

Mercedes-Benz SL 400

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the SL 400, the new model designed to replace the SL 350 in the brand’s line-up.

The Mercedes SL 400 is equipped with a twin turbo V6 engine with 333hp, compared to 306hp on the SL 350.

The roadster accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in 5.2 seconds and boasts a top speed of 250km/h. Average fuel consumption is 7.3L/100km, or the equivalent of 172g of CO2 emissions per kilometer.

Unlike on the SL 350, the Frontbass audio system and the Magic Vision Control smart windshield wiper system both come standard on the SL 400.

Prices for this new model start from 97,282 euros in Germany.

Rolls-Royce planning plug-in hybrid

Rolls-Royce 102EX

Luxury car maker Rolls-Royce has confirmed plans to introduce its first-ever plug-in hybrid model within the next three years.

Rolls-Royce Develop Electric Phantom

Speaking to Auto Express during the Geneva Motor Show, Rolls-Royce’s CEO, Torsten Müller-Otvos, described hybrid technology as “essential in two years, maybe not from customer demand but through legal regulation on emissions,” if the car company wants to continue using V12 powerplants.

Rolls-Royce 102EX

Rolls-Royce has already toyed with an all-electric version of its Phantom flagship, the 102EX, but it failed to excite any of the brand’s existing clients and so never went any further than the prototype stage.

Phantom 102EX

“A Rolls-Royce cannot come with any kind of compromise, and both the recharging times and the range were not acceptable for our buyers — but with hybrid technology that is no longer a problem,” said Müller-Otvos.

It is unclear what model Rolls-Royce could first implement a plug-in hybrid powertrain into, but the next-generation Phantom is a possible candidate.

BMW X5 eDrive

It’s likely Rolls-Royce’s plug-in hybrid car would use technology from parent company BMW, which is set to launch the X5 eDrive (below).

bmw x5 edrive concept charging

While Rolls-Royce is now a self-sustaining business without influence from BMW, the prohibitive cost of developing an all-new plug-in powertrain means BMW’s help may be invaluable in getting such a car to market.

Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II (Video)

Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, the Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II boasts the perfect combination of performance, comfort and connectivity.

Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II

According to the company, that was Rolls-Royce’s brief when it set out to improve on the original car and as such the external changes are subtle: new headlights, a more tapered nose, tweaked front and rear bumpers.

Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II photo

However, inside, the car gets a wifi hotspot and a reworked multimedia interface for front and rear passengers and new seats. These seats actually have business and relaxation adjustment settings.

Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II interior

And to make sure that nothing disturbs the occupants, the Satellite Aided Transmission system (SAT), which debuted on the Ghost‘s sportier brother, the Wraith, last year, is also included. This clever system uses information from the satnav system regarding conditions and the road ahead to preemptively adjust the car’s gear selection for an even smoother ride.

Maserati Alfieri Concept (Video)

MASERATI is celebrating its centenary in style with the Alfieri, a stunning 2+2 GT concept named in honor of Alfieri Maserati, who founded the firm.

Maserati Alfieri concept car

It’s easy to build a concept car that can wow the crowds and generate excitement. A concept car doesn’t have to be road legal, it doesn’t have to be built from anything stronger than papier-mâché and it doesn’t need an engine.

Maserati Alfieri concept Geneva

What makes the Alfieri so promising is that it is a fully-working prototype and one that visually pays homage to a host of glorious historic Maseratis, from the A6 GCS-53 to the 1959 5000 GT and the 1969 Indy and beyond.

Its lines are strong, but uncluttered and the car seems ready to pounce, thanks to 21-inch rear and 20-inch front wheels.

Maserati Alfieri concept

Inside, the minimalism continues. The simple, two-tone floating dashboard is built around a central touchscreen while the floor is finished in a material that looks like oxidized steel, the material of choice for 1950s racecars.

Maserati Alfieri concept interior

There are other metallic highlights, too — such as the use of milled aluminum for the seat inserts, clock surround and gear lever which have then been hand-finished and anodized in a natural copper hue.

Under the hood, the Alfieri has a 4.7-liter V8 (without turbo) which delivers its 460bhp to the rear wheels via a six-speed electro-actuated gearbox.

Maserati Alfieri Concept

With that much power on tap Maserati has also been wise to fit the car with carbon ceramic brakes with Brembo brake calipers.

Lamborghini Egoista photo

Lamborghini to Debut Renewed Customization Program

It looks as if one of the stand-out luxury automotive trends for 2014 is going to be bespoke customization.

Lamborghini Egoista photo

In the lead up the Geneva Motor Show, which opens its doors to the public in little more than a week, both Ferrari and Rolls-Royce have announced that 2013 was a record year for client customization requests.

Every single new Ferrari plus 95% of Rollers sold over the past 12 months were personalized, and now Lamborghini is looking to get in on the action.

Lamborghini Aventador roadster photo

Like its closest rivals, Lamborghini already has a personalization program, called Ad Personam. But until now, it was only open to clients looking to buy and personalize the company’s flagship Aventador.

However, its reach is now being extended to cover the Huracán, which goes on sale later this year.

Lamborghini Huracan interior

As well as opening the program to all new Lamborghini production models, the customization options are also being extended.

There will be a greater choice of interior and exterior color options, a wider selection of leathers and even the option of Forged Composite, Lamborghini’s patented carbon-fiber-based material as a replacement material for elements of the body work or cabin.

Mansory Carbonado Aventador‎

But it doesn’t stop there. At the Geneva Motor Show, Lamborghini will be launching the Ad Personam Studio, a “fully-functional and highly-exclusive design studio where customers are assisted in the process of creating their very own, made-to-order Lamborghini Aventador.”

rolls royce two tone bespoke ghost

Rolls-Royce owners like the personal touch

Just like Ferrari, Rolls-Royce has confirmed that 2013 was a record year for clients customizing their cars and the trend looks set to continue.

rolls royce ghost bespoke design interior

Rolls-Royce says that bespoke customization requests are nearing the 100 percent mark and that 2013 was the busiest its team of artisans and craftsmen have ever been. In all, 95 percent of the 3,630 cars it sold globally over the past 12 months left the factory with bespoke options.

This includes 90% of all Rolls-Royce Wraiths, the company’s newest and most powerful car, which only went on sale in mid-2013. And when it comes to customization, the Middle East is the most demanding region, 99% of Ghosts and Phantoms arrived in the region with a personal touch.

rolls royce ghost bespoke

Globally, the company’s flagship Phantom remains the most popular car for customization for all clients, wherever they are based, with 98% of US Phantom owners and 95 percent of European clients specifying bespoke details or features. In Asia the trend is not yet as well established — only 86% of customers in the region decided to get creative with their care.

“This continuing growth in Bespoke sales in 2013 proves the fact that Rolls-Royce is the home of Bespoke in the luxury world,” said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

2015 Aston Martin V8 Vantage N430 back

Aston Martin reveals new special editions

Aston Martin will be taking the wraps off exclusive versions of its V8 Vantage and DB9 models that up the style, performance and use of carbon fiber.

2015 Aston Martin V8 Vantage N430

Aston Martin describes the V8 Vantage N430 as a “bold addition” to the existing range, and for once that’s not an overstatement.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage N430

Inspired by the company’s track cars, the use of bright contrasting paint to accentuate the car’s grille and A-pillars make it look like it’s wearing lipstick, a bold look indeed.

2015 Aston Martin V8 Vantage N430 back

The N430 offers 436PS on tap from a tweaked V8 engine and a 0-100km/h time of 4.6 seconds and is 20kg lighter than the standard model, thanks in part to the carbon fiber and Kevlar racing seats and magnesium gear paddle shifts that come as standard. The cabin also gets carbon fiber inserts and a Piano Black fascia finish to complete the look.

2014 Aston Martin DB9 Carbon Black

The DB9 Carbon edition (available in Carbon Black or Carbon White) does use carbon fiber in some of its panels to save weight and therefore improve performance, but the use of the lightweight material is governed as much by style as it is by increasing top speeds.

And on the White edition in particular, the carbon elements contrast well with the car’s Stratus White paint finish.

2014 Aston Martin DB9 Carbon White

Inside, the DB9 Carbon is awash with black leather — to match the black instrument panel and carbon fiber trim — which can be accented with another contrasting color while a door sill plaque notes the car’s rarity.

2014 Aston Martin DB9 Carbon Black interior

Aston Martin has announced that neither car will be offered to North American customers when they go on sale later this year.

Mercedes Benz S class Coupe S500

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe unveiled

What seemed like nothing more than a promising luxury sports concept vehicle at September’s Frankfurt Motor Show will be launching as a fully fledged production car at the Geneva Motor Show this March.

Mercedes Benz S class Coupe S500

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 Coupe is a two-door version of the brand’s full-size S sedan and replaces the CL in Mercedes’ lineup.

Under the hood power and performance are derived from a 4.6-liter V8 biturbo engine, good for 455hp and immense levels of torque.

S coupe

Keeping the car’s occupants completely cossetted no matter how tricky the driving gets is a new ‘curve tilting function’, a world-first in a production car.

It means that the S-Class Coupé actively leans into bends, which not only improve the driving line but also dramatically reduces lateral acceleration and the g-force felt by those traveling in the car.

Mercedes Benz S class Coupe interior

This new feature is an addition to the Magic Body Control — essentially a suspension system with eyes — that debuted on the sedan version of the S-Class. It monitors the road ahead and automatically adjusts the ride and shock absorber settings to suit ahead of time.

Mercedes Benz S class Coupe steering wheel

Other features aimed at comfort and affability include a reworked, curving instrument panel and dashboard fascia that uses TFT screens rather than dials and buttons and the inclusion of a panoramic glass roof.

Mercedes Benz S class Coupe S500 top view

Mercedes will be taking the wraps off the S-Class Coupé March 6 at the Geneva Motor Show. A price or release date is yet to be revealed.

Model S

Tesla unveils pricing strategy for China

Electric carmaker Tesla Motors said its flagship vehicle will have the same pre-tax price in China as in the US, after Chinese media criticised foreign companies for charging higher prices in the country.

Model S

The Tesla Model S sells for $81,070 in the US and the company will receive the same sum for it in China, the world’s biggest auto market.

Nonetheless the sticker price for the premium car will start from 734,000 yuan ($121,370), with the difference accounted for by $36,700 in taxes imposed by the Chinese government and shipping costs of $3,600, it said.

Tesla said the Chinese market could have absorbed a higher price for its cars and attacked rivals for charging more.

“We know that our competitors will try to convince Chinese consumers that our relatively lower price tag means the Model S is a lesser car, when the real reason their car costs more is that they make double the profit per car in China compared to the United States or Europe,” Tesla said.

Foreign brand vehicles have performed well in the China market, helped by perceptions of higher quality and better recognition, making the country a critical market for global automakers.

Tesla has received more than 200 pre-orders for its Model S and Model X in China, state media reported, but analysts say the company will face challenges from the slow development of the country’s electric car market.