Bentley ME sales up 48pc in H1
Dubai, July 9, 2012
Bentley, a top British manufacturer of luxury automobiles, delivered 346 cars in the Middle East in the first half of 2012, marking an increase of 47.9 per cent against the same period last year.
Results were also up some 52.6 per cent in Asia Pacific and 114.3 per cent in Japan, the automotive company said in a statement.
Sales are up in every region leading to a global increase of 32 per cent (3,929 cars delivered to customers) in the first half of the year, the statement added.
“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,” said Wolfgang Duerheimer, Bentley’s chief executive.
“Sales are being driven up by our flagship Mulsanne which is up 30 per cent 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 ContinentalGT Speed we have in the pipeline,” he added.
The US has re-emerged as Bentley’s number one market with deliveries up by 25.7 per cent (1,140 cars delivered to customers). Sales in China also remain extremely strong with results up 55.7 per cent (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, the statement said.
Bentley’s flagship Mulsanne sold strongly in both markets and saw an overall increase of 30 per cent 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 per cent.
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 per cent with 607 deliveries to customers, and in the UK they increased by 4.5 per cent with 557 deliveries to customers, according to the statement. – TradeArabia News Service