2013 Bentley News Highlights
CREWE, UNITED KINGDOM – Dec 18, 2013: 2013 has been a year of key
landmarks and achievements for Bentley and its customers.
The company confirmed it will build the world’s fastest and most
luxurious SUV at its Crewe headquarters, creating a further 1,000 jobs at
Bentley and its suppliers, as well as taking Bentley drivers
‘off-road’ for the first time in the marque’s history. UK
Prime Minister David Cameron joined Bentley colleagues to celebrate the
news and the start of an £800 million investment programme.
Additionally, three new Bentley models, including the acclaimed Flying
Spur sedan, the Continental 4.0 litre GT V8 S and the world’s fastest
four-seat production convertible, the 202 mph 6.0 litre Continental GT
Speed Convertible, were launched. Meanwhile, the dramatic Continental GT3
race car spearheaded the company’s return to top-level, international
Strong sales increases were recorded through the first three quarters of
2013 (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.
Bentley further expanded its luxury goods portfolio with the
introduction of a Handbag Capsule Collection and innovative Bentley Home
Collection featuring a range of designer furniture inspired by the
craftsmanship found inside every Bentley car.
Other key highlights included celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Her
Majesty The Queen’s Coronation by playing a headlining role at a
special gathering of over 200 Royal Warrant Holders in the grounds of
Buckingham Palace this July.
The company’s famous Crewe headquarters celebrated 75 years of
continuous engine production whilst also looking to the future when 20,000
solar panels (with a capacity of 5MW) were installed on the roof of
Bentley’s factory. It is anticipated that at peak generation times,
the system will produce up to 40% of Bentley’s energy requirements
and reduce CO2 usage by over 2,500 tonnes per year.
2013 Bentley News HighlightsJANUARY. The new 202 mph
Continental GT Speed Convertible, world’s fastest four-seat
convertible announced. MARCH. New Flying Spur luxury sedan debuts at
Geneva. Bentley launches UK’s largest rooftop Solar Power
Installation at Crewe HQ. APRIL. Global 1st quarter sales increase by +
25.75% over same period in 2012. His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex
visits Bentley. MAY. Bentley Blowers compete in classic Mille Miglia
race in Italy. Bentley partners Club House Italia with new Bentley Home
Collection - exclusive furniture combining craftsmanship with exquisite
modern design. Bentley announces collaboration with London’s luxury
men’s lifestyle brand Pankhurst. Bentley craftsmen renovate six
barbers chairs incorporating materials and finishes from Bentley cars.
JUNE. 10th Anniversary of Bentley’s 2003 Le Mans Victory and 75th
Anniversary of engine production at the Crewe factory. JULY.
Continental GT3 makes dynamic debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed. Bentley
headline sponsor of Coronation Festival in gardens of Buckingham Palace.
Bentley State Limousine displayed at celebrations. JULY cont. Prime
Minister David Cameron and Dr Martin Winterkorn (Chairman of the Board
Volkswagen Group) visit Bentley and confirm £800 million investment in
company as SUV project goes ahead. Half year sales increase + 9 % over 2012
figures with 4, 279 customer cars delivered. AUGUST. Bentley Handbag
Capsule Collection at prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance,
California. Features two distinct models – The Barnato and The
Continental. SEPTEMBER. New Continental 4.0 litre GT V8 S announced at
IAA Frankfurt. Bentley’s Facebook hits 1 Million Likes from
enthusiasts and customers. Famous Blue Train Bentley wins overall prize at
St. James’s Palace. OCTOBER. Third quarter results show continued
sales growth. 6, 516 cars delivered representing a + 9 % increase over
2012. NOVEMBER. New Bentley Boys announced. Guy Smith, Andy Meyrick and
StevenKane confirmed for the car’s first test race, the Gulf 12 Hours
at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi, 13th December 2013. DECEMBER.
Bentley Continental GT3 finishes in a highly impressive fourth place in
opening test race in Abu Dhabi.