Rolls-Royce recently said that the company will showcase the Dawn around South India to promote the luxury brand, as this region is a crucial market for the carmaker.
But that plan didn't go really well, since the Kerala Commercial Tax Department has seized the vehicle. A truck transporting the Rs. 6.25 crore worth Rolls-Royce Dawn was stopped at the Walayar checkpost.
Officials claim that the car was being transported without documents, but confirm that the car had a set of 'Clean' custom clearance document.
The Rolls-Royce dealer, Kun Motoren* informed the officials that the car was being transported for promotional basis, and was being taken to a hotel. They also told officers that the car will be taken back to Chennai after the event was over.
As per what J Udayakumar, the Inspector of Commercial Tax Department said, "We have stopped the car for being transported without proper documents and have issued a notice asking them to pay Rs 1.88 crore. The dealer has said that they will ship the car back to Tamil Nadu through the same checkpost and we will have a check on it."
The officer also added, "A Rolls-Royce is a luxury car and usually is manufactured based on a confirmed order. We have no information related to any exhibition being conducted in the said hotel and we have taken the car into custody."
The car was released, but there seems to have been a classic mix up. Maybe the cops need to read more automotive news websites to keep aware of what is going on.
*DriveSpark reached out to Kun Motoren to find out what really happened and this is what the dealership had to say: "The confusion at the checkpost after the Commercial Tax Department seized the car has been sorted. There is nothing more to comment on this."