Royal Bentley- Her Majesty The Queen’s State Limousine on display at Coronation Festival
Her Majesty The Queen’s State Limousine will be available for public viewing at Buckingham Palace Gardens during the Coronation Festival to be held from 11th to 14th July 2013. This is a unique opportunity when this exclusive vehicle which had been presented to the Queen in 2002 in celebration of her 50th anniversary of her taking office as the Queen will be in attendance.
Bentley designers will be on hand to demonstrate to guests, the meticulousness and painstaking efforts that go into the making of Bentley luxury models. A car of this stature takes almost 400 hours to create while 50% of this time is spent on crafting its interiors. The steering wheel requires 10 ft of thread and 620 stitches to finish to perfection.
Bentley Motors has grown remarkable in the first six months of this year. During January to June 2013 the company sold a total of 4,279 units as against 3,929 units sold in the same period in 2012. Major sales were experienced in US and Europe while the company opened 14 new dealerships during the year. Scroll through the news release below for more information.
BENTLEY STATE LIMOUSINE TO APPEAR AT THE CORONATION FESTIVAL
- Unique opportunity to view Royal Bentley in Buckingham Palace Gardens
- Craftsmen and designers show world-class skills at ‘open air’ workshop
- Mulsanne flagship takes centre stage in Bentley exhibition
(Crewe, England. 5 July 2013) Visitors to the Coronation Festival (11-14 July) will be able to enjoy the rare opportunity to see one of the most recognisable and elegant cars in the world, Her Majesty The Queen’s State Limousine.
This unique Bentley, presented to The Queen in 2002 to mark the 50th anniversary of her accession to the throne, will be the centrepiece of a collection of Bentleys on display in Buckingham Palace Gardens throughout the celebrations.
“Whilst the State Limousine is known to millions of people across the world, the Coronation Festival will offer a superb opportunity for visitors to take their time to walk around the car and get closer than usually possible. Her Majesty and The Royal Household have kindly made the car available for the occasion,” comments Richard Charlesworth, Bentley’s Director of Royal and VIP Relations.
Bentley’s craftsmen, designers and engineers (in partnership with several leading British automotive specialists) started work on ‘Project Diamond’ in 2000 with the clear objective of creating a truly elegant car suitable for every type of Royal occasion.
The State Limousine is designed to ensure as many well-wishers as possible have the opportunity to see The Queen and Bentley created a ‘panoramic glasshouse’ as well as making the vehicle far higher than any other car. Additionally, the rear seat position was determined using a model of the same height as The Queen and the doors are hinged at the rear and open through 90 degrees to enable Her Majesty to almost walk out of the car.
As well as presenting the State Limousine, Bentley’s craftsmen and designers will be offering live displays of some of the skills that provide every car that leaves the Crewe factory with a hand-built, bespoke feel.
The ‘open air workshop’ will show guests the mix of hand-to-eye coordination, skill and attention to detail needed to create Bentley’s luxury car models. For example, the team will be demonstrating how to contrast stitch a steering wheel or apply a crossband design to a wood veneer.
A final highlight from Bentley will be the presence of the company’s flagship model; the Mulsanne. Blending refinement and performance with luxury features and technology, the Mulsanne offers the greatest of grand touring experiences. The car takes nearly 400 hours to create (with 200 hours dedicated to crafting the luxurious interior) and nearly 120 exterior colours are available as standard as well as 24 leather colours. The steering wheel alone requires ten feet of thread and 620 stitches to complete.
HALF-YEAR SUCCESS FOR BENTLEY AS SALES CONTINUE TO GROW
- Nine per cent increase maintains strong 2013 performance
- 14 new dealerships opened
- Significant gains in US and Europe
(Crewe, 10 July 2013). Bentley Motors continues its successful performance as the company announces global deliveries to customers have grown by nine per cent (4,279 cars) against the first six months of 2012 (3,929 cars).
Growth in Bentley’s largest market, the US, was key, as was a strong showing in Europe. The business further enhanced its global presence with 14 new dealerships introduced in the first half of the year, a 13 per cent expansion on the same time in 2012.
Commenting on the results, Kevin Rose, Bentley’s Board Member for Sales, Marketing and Aftersales, said:
“This success has been supported by the introduction of new models, with the Continental GT Speed and Continental GT Speed Convertible proving successful across multiple regions, while the existing GT W12, V8 and Mulsanne models maintain their strong performance.
“Bentley continues to post significant global sales growth and we are extremely confident we will sustain this success for the remaining months of 2013 as we see the full availability of our new Flying Spur in all markets.”
Bentley’s largest region, the Americas continued its impressive performance, with 1,282 cars delivered to customers, a 12 per cent increase on the same period in 2012.
Bentleys continued to be sought after in the Middle East, with the Continental GT V8 performing strongly, resulting in the region delivering 394 cars to customers, a 28 per cent growth. Significant gains were made in Asia Pacific, which saw 222 cars delivered to customers, a 53 per cent increase.
Bentley’s Japanese market increased deliveries to customers to 96 cars, a rise of 28 per cent. In China, 817 cars were delivered, representing a 23 per cent decrease over last year, as the market awaits the full availability of the new Flying Spur, a major car for this region. There was however growth for the Continental GT and Mulsanne model lines, reporting a 24 per cent increase on last year.
A key emerging market for Bentley, Russia, posted growth figures on the back of network expansions introducing a new showroom in the key city, St. Petersburg, with the region delivering 110 cars to customers, a four per cent increase. This growth was furthered throughout Europe, posting a 22 per cent growth to 740 cars, with the UK delivering 698 cars, representing a 25 per cent increase on the first half of 2012.