German
auto-giant BMW is to build a new underground Rolls-Royce factory, writes the UK’s
tabloid press (22/11/00).

According to the ‘Sun’ newspaper, the £60 million plant – to be built with
a domed, moss-covered ‘living roof’- will have landscaping and screening making
it virtually invisible from the surrounding countryside, alongside a glass front
allowing customers to see cars under production.

The site – which will initially create 350 jobs – is the first new Rolls Royce
factory for 100 years, and will see the end of Rolls’ car production at its traditional
home in Crewe, says the article.

Plans have now been submitted for the 30-acre project – at Goodwood, near Chichester,
West Sussex – to planning chiefs, with work expected to begin in 2001.

Citing BMW – who will be taking control of Rolls Royce from 2003 – the newspaper
reports that the new factory will be the most exclusive car factory in the world,
with only five cars being built per day. A 1,000 cars per year are to be built
from 2003, says the report.