Bentley forecasting double-digit growth in 2013, expects green light for SUV image

Bentley Motors expects to have double-digit growth in vehicle sales in 2013, relying on strong demand from the United States and China.

Bentley deliveries rose 21 percent last year to 8, 500 vehicles, with sales in the U.S. and China increasing by 23 percent each. “We have no reason to expect this momentum to end,” Chief Executive Wolfgang Schreiber was quoted as saying by Reuters at the Detroit auto show.

To help increase its sales, Bentley will add 22 percent more dealerships over the next two years, bringing the total to about 215 worldwide. According to Schreiber, the number of Bentley dealerships rose 10 percent last year.

Bentley expects parent company Volkswagen AG to give it the green light „in a few weeks” to build its first SUV, Schreiber said. At the 2012 Geneva motor show, Bentley showcased the EXP 9 F SUV concept.

Bentley hopes the SUV will significantly increase its sales, as the UK-based luxury automaker has an annual sales target of between 3,000 and 4,000 SUVs, priced at above 140,000 euros each.