|Bentley Motors has had an interesting year with several key landmarks and achievements. From January till November, Bentley launched several new variants and re-entered motorsports for the first time since its 2003 Le Mans winning year.|
In January, Bentley unleashed the 325 km/h (202 mph) 6.0-liter Continental GT Speed Convertible, world’s fastest four-seat convertible. Thereafter, the new Flying Spur, which recently came about in the country, debut at Geneva. Keeping with its roots in motorsports, Bentley participated in the Mille Miglia via its Bentley Blowers squad in April. At the same time, the Crewe-based Luxury marque partners Club House Italia to announce the new Bentley Home collections as well as London’s luxury men’s lifestyle brand Pankhurst to introduce new collections.
Bentley Motors looks back at 2003 Le Mans win and debut of Continental GT3
By mid-year, Bentley celebrated the 10th anniversary of its 2003 Le Mans victory and the 75th anniversary of engine production at its Crewe factory. On to July, the Bentley Continental GT3 made its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The Continental GT3 would run at the recently concluded Gulf 12-hour endurance event, where the Bentley Boys completed the marque’s first race in a credible fourth spot at the Yas Marina track, Abu Dhabi. For the IAA Frankfurt Motor show in September, Bentley broke out the Continental 4.0-liter GT V8 S as its major showcase.
Following an agreement of an investment of £800 million between its principal (VW) and the Crewe-based marque, Bentley has confirmed it would build the world’s fastest and most luxurious SUV at its Crewe headquarters, creating a further 1,000 jobs and its suppliers, as well as taking Bentley drivers ‘off-road’ for the first time in the marque’s history.
Bentley increases car deliveries and dealerships worldwide
Strong sales increases were recorded through the first three quarters of the year (delivering a total of 6,516 cars against 5,969 in 2012) and Bentley’s international representation was strengthened with 23 dealerships opening in locations from Bucharest, Lyon and Minsk through to Hanoi (Vietnam) and the famous Silk Road city of Urumqi.
Lastly, Bentley further expanded its luxury goods portfolio with the introduction of a Handbag Capsule collection and innovative Bentley Home collections featuring a range of designer furniture inspired by the craftsmanship found inside every Bentley car.