Bentley Motors, on Tuesday said the company has sold 7003 vehicles in 2011 – up 37 percent compared to 2010.
December sales were 1059 (up 69%on the same month in2010), the best month since Bentley’s pre-recession record of 2007 and the second best month ever.
The British manufacturer said the United States continues to be automaker’s nr.1 market with 2021 cars sold in 2011, an increase of 32 percent compared to 2010.
As expected China is now the second market for the ultra-luxury carmaker — with sales for the region virtually doubling to 1839 and surpassing the previous year’s record before the end of July.
Continental European sales rebounded to 1187 (an increase of 53 percent) led by strong demand in Germany where sales have increased by a remarkable 88 percent. Its domestic market “proved to be extremely challenging over the past months,” but it still saw an increase of more than 5%” to 1,031 cars sold in the U.K. in 2011.
The Crewe based automaker said all major markets are up including the Middle East despite the political instability that has beset certain markets.
Sales growth is expected to continue in 2012, boosted by first deliveries of the new 2012 Continental GTC convertible. The vehicle, which starts at aprox. $205,600, helped push December sales up 69 percent to 1,059 cars, Bentley’s second-highest monthly sales ever.