Spending is estimated to advance another 7.1% in 2018 and will expand to $1.7 trillion total by 2022.
With the my first International LCT Show finished, I made my way to the front of the MGM Grand and stood toward the side where the whistle-wielding taxi and limo coordinator instructed me to wait. I was scheduled to have a limousine pick me up, and expected it to be similar to the one that initially brought me to the MGM when I first arrived, which was a nice, but older six-passenger stretch.
When I was about to ask the coordinator again where my ride was, a well-suited gentleman walked over to me and said, “Mr. Crowley, I’m sorry but we have to provide you with a substitute vehicle. We hope you find it satisfactory.” And up pulls a Rolls Royce Ghost. I jumped through the wide suicide door and plopped into the enormous cabin feeling like I just hit a slot machine jackpot.
Everything about the Rolls was just what I’d expect from a premiere chauffeur vehicle like this — tons of leg room, plush leather seating, lots of amenity controls, and a super smooth ride. I had just earlier made a point to sit in every sedan on the show floor, and this Rolls was like a cherry on top.
I felt pretty lucky for the chance to take the ride, knowing service like this is well beyond the price range of 99.X% of Americans, but I believe it gave me a new perspective on ultra-luxury transportation. Vehicles such as Rolls Royce and Bentleys have the sort of craftsmanship that elevate them to near works of art. The same goes for private jets such as the Gulfstream G650.
So much time, energy, and talent go into every detail of these vehicles — from the powerful engines that propel these heavy frames, to the real wood paneling and top-of-the-line upholstery in the interiors — that you can just sense how many specialists are involved in bringing these creations to life.
For the people who own, drive, or ride in these cars, I can imagine the pride they must feel in them. It is the top-tier of vehicle workmanship, and the experience is unique. It seems as if some big operators may have a flagship sedan such as this one in their fleets, but I’m guessing it’d be limited to about one or two vehicles for special VIP clientele.
What is your experience with vehicles like these? How is the market for them?
— Tim Crowley, LCT senior editor
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