The Crewe-based luxury car maker Bentley Motors says it has “firmly reinforced its position as the leading manufacturer of luxury vehicles in the world” after announcing a near 20 per cent increase in global deliveries in 2013. 10,120 cars were delivered, the highest figure in Bentley’s 95-year history, against 8,510 in 2012.
The Americas region maintained its number one market position, while Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Europe, particularly Germany and the UK, posted substantial gains over the previous year.
Bentley chairman and chief executive, Dr Wolfgang Schreiber, said: “2013 marks our fourth consecutive year of double-digit growth, establishing ourselves as the most sought after luxury car brand in the world. We continue to win new customers and we are confident that 2014 will be another successful year for Bentley.”
Bentley, which is owned by the German car giant Volkswagen, said that new models were critical to its success. In 2013 it launched the new Flying Spur and in the final four months the year, when the model was fully available, 2,005 were delivered compared to the average yearly sales of 2,700 cars of its predecessor.
Deliveries also commenced for Bentley’s open-top performance flagship, the Continental GT Speed Convertible.
Copyright Ken Hurst 2014