Bentley sales rise 32 percent: Celebrates Goodwood with Continental GT Speed debut (Photos)

Bentley luxury car sales for the period January to June 2012 increased by 32% with 3,929 cars delivered to customers. Sales in US overtook sales in China once again. US sales were up 25.7% with 1140 cars delivered while in China, the company delivered 1059 cars, up 55.7% as compared to sales in the same period in the previous year. Of all Bentley models it was the flagship Mulsanne which saw increased demand in both US and Chinese markets. Continental GT however underscored among customers across the globe.

Bentley has opened a new retail outlet in Prague. This is a state of the art showroom with a high tech and up to date service centre which is located in the Czech capital. Increased sales across Europe in 2011 are what have prompted the company to open this new showroom. The company has also experienced significant sales in the first half of 2012.

Bentley’s strong performance in its two largest regions was underpinned by an increase in sales in all other regions. In Europe results were up 22.9% with 607 deliveries to customers, and in the UK they increased by 4.5% with 557 deliveries to customers. Bentley saw deliveries increase by 47.9% across the Middle East with 346 cars delivered while the same was at 52.6% in Asia Pacific and 114.3% in Japan.

Apart from that, the British car maker, fascinated the crowd at Goodwood last weekend where Continental GT Speed was revealed. For more details, read the press release below.

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New Continental GT Speed makes its international debut

Le Mans and World Rally champions drive road and race cars up the Hill

EXP 9 F SUV concept draws crowds on its UK debut

(Crewe, England. 05 July 2012). Bentley enjoyed its largest ever presence at the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed as the marque showed cars from its past, present, and future to more than 185,000 attendees during the four day Festival. Modern-day Bentley Boys, Derek Bell MBE, Juha Kankkunen and Guy Smith were on-hand to meet fans and take to the famous Hillclimb in a range of Bentley models.

Bentley’s new performance flagship, the 616bhp, twin-turbo W12-engined Continental GT Speed coupe, made its international debut and proved itself worthy of its ’fastest ever production Bentley’ title with four-time World Rally champion, Juha Kankkunen, demonstrating its breath-taking performance on the Hill.

Meanwhile, five-time Le Mans winner, Derek Bell, showcased the sporty, dynamic character of the new high-performance, high-efficiency 500bhp, twin-turbo Continental GT V8 coupe.

Returning to the cockpit of the Bentley Speed 8 race car, Guy Smith re-lived the pace that saw Bentley victorious in the 2003 24 Hours of Le Mans. All three drivers were firm crowd favourites in the Paddock and on the Bentley stand throughout the Festival.

Alongside its Continental stable mates on the Bentley stand was the new Mulsanne Mulliner Driving Specification (MDS), the driver-focused edition of the Bentley flagship, reaffirming its sporting credentials. Also drawing the crowds was the Bentley EXP 9 F SUV Concept. Making its UK debut at the Festival of Speed, it provided a compelling new take on the Grand Touring Bentley.

Chairman and Chief Executive, Wolfgang Dürheimer, thundered up the hill in the 1929 Bentley Blower Team Car, which competed in the pre-war endurance racer class.

Commenting on the success of Bentley’s presence at the Festival, in its first year as a main sponsor, Mr Dürheimer said:

“The atmosphere at Goodwood is unrivalled with the allure of motoring in its many forms uniting car enthusiasts, customers and racing heroes alike. The interest in our cars and our Bentley Boys both on the Bentley stand, in the Paddock and racing up the Hill was incredible. With the exhibition of new models and show cars next to the hill climb event, it is the most entertaining car show I know. On a personal note, the opportunity to drive the Blower, one of the most famous cars in Bentley’s history, was impossible to resist. To be behind the wheel of such a special racer was indeed a privilege.”


Six month results up 32%
US overtakes China to re-emerge as largest market
Sales of Bentley’s flagship Mulsanne up 30%

Crewe, 04 July 2012: Bentley’s half year results for 2012 show continued strong growth.  Sales are up in every region leading to a global increase of 32% (3,929 cars delivered to customers).

The US has re-emerged as Bentley’s number one market with deliveries up by 25.7% (1,140 cars delivered to customers).  Sales in China also remain extremely strong with results up 55.7% (1,059 cars delivered to customers).  However, as predicted, strong demand in both markets has created a real competition and despite China edging ahead at the end of Q1, the Americas retook the lead at the half year point.

Bentley’s flagship Mulsanne sold strongly in both markets and saw an overall increase of 30% as the Diamond Jubilee Special Edition and Mulliner Driving Specification became available to customers.  At the same time, the new Continental GT underscored its popularity with customers around the world.  Deliveries of the premium coupé, which is now available with both W12 and V8 engines, increased by 48.5%.

Bentley’s strong performance in its two largest regions was underpinned by an increase in sales in all other regions.  In Europe results were up 22.9% with 607 deliveries to customers, and in the UK they increased by 4.5% with 557 deliveries to customers.

Further afield Bentley saw deliveries increase by 47.9% in the Middle East (346 cars).  Results were also up some 52.6% in Asia Pacific and 114.3% in Japan.

Wolfgang Duerheimer, Bentley’s Chief Executive said:

“Our half year results show strong growth for Bentley in every single global region.  The competition between the Americas and China continues and we are watching closely to see who will emerge as the largest region in 2012.

“Sales are being driven up by our flagship Mulsanne which is up 30% following strong interest in the US and China.  We are also pleased to see the continued growth of the new Continental GT W12, our pinnacle performance coupé.

“I am very optimistic about the future for Bentley. We are gaining more momentum every month due to the strong performance of our global dealer network, the appeal of our existing model line to customers and the exciting future models like the Continental GT Speed we have in the pipeline.”