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Last Updated: Sunday, 19 March 2006, 17:15 GMT
Phantom voted 'best car in world'
Rolls-Royce Phantom on the road
The Rolls-Royce Phantom does 25mpg on the open road
A 256,000 car that can do 149mph but manages just 11 miles to the gallon has been voted Best Car In The World.

The Rolls-Royce Phantom, as driven by Amstrad boss Sir Alan Sugar in the TV series The Apprentice, beat Daimler, Bentley and Mercedes cars to the title.

The model, made at Rolls-Royce's production centre in Goodwood, West Sussex, was among more than 75 vehicles tested by Autocar magazine.

The Rolls-Royce car marque has been owned by German firm BMW since 1998.

The Phantom outgunned the Bentley Continental Flying Spur, the Daimler Super Eight and the Mercedes Benz S600.

The newest Phantom, which was unveiled at Goodwood in January 2003, does only 11 miles per gallon around town and 25 on the open road.

Editor Rob Aherne said: "It has been a good 50 years since a Rolls-Royce could honestly be described as the best car in the world.

"This latest Phantom wins nothing on privilege. It wins on merit."

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