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Rolls-Royce staff in West Sussex have been boosted by a new accolade.

The company's new Phantom 8 model has earned BBC Top Gear Magazine’s Luxury Car of the Year award, just weeks after its global media launch on the banks of Lake Lucerne in Switzerland.

The car has been heralded as the quietest ever built. A spokesman for Rolls-Royce, which has its production plant at Goodwood near Chichester, said: 'An all-new and proprietary aluminium spaceframe, 6mm two-layer glazing and more than 130kg of sound insulation combine to create the most silent motor car in the world.'

The Rolls-Royce Phantom 8

The Rolls-Royce Phantom 8