Bentley bounced back to pre-recession levels of demand during 2011, with strong growth in all major markets. Globally, sales were up 37% to 7003 for the calendar year with sales accelerating as the year progressed. December sales were 1059, the best month since Bentley’s pre-recession record of 2007 and the second best month ever.
Bentley’s Chairman and Chief Executive, Wolfgang Dürheimer, said “it has been a tremendously good year for Bentley. The dramatic sales growth reflects a global strength to the Brand and a recognition of the quality, craftsmanship and engineering excellence of our cars. It is also testament to the work of the entire Bentley Team whose passion and daily commitment has delivered this outstanding result. It has been particularly pleasing to see renewed interest in Bentley in established as well as and new and emerging markets, all of which is contributing to a positive financial result for 2011.”
The new Bentley Continental GT was proven the most popular Bentley with 2404 GTs delivered which is over a third of Bentley’s total sales volume. Sales were boosted significantly in December with the first deliveries of the new soft-top Bentley Continental GTC. This new four-sweater luxury convertible features a new, even more spacious and sumptuous hand-crafted cabin, with soft-touch leather hides, an extensive range of wood veneers, cool-touch metals and deep-pile carpets. It is powered by a 6.0 litre twin turbo charged W12 engine that launches the car from 0-60 mph in just 4.5 seconds and reaches a top speed of 195 mph.