Bentley reported half-year sales of its ultra-luxury vehicles up 9% to 4, 279 units, as deliveries in Europe, the US and the Middle East offset loses in China.
Increasing the number of dealerships and adding new models, such as the Continental GT Speed, helped Bentley see sales in Europe increase 22%, in the Middle East 28% and in the Americas 12% during the first half of the year. China sales dropped 23% to 817 units, due to low demand for the expiring Flying Spur model.
UK automaker Bentley accounted for 1% of VW’s profit of 2.34 billion euro during the first quarter. The automaker said that he expects sales to continue increasing during the second half, thanks to strong demand for the new Continental Flying Spur, which hits dealerships this month, according to sales chief Kevin Rose.
At the beginning of this year Bentley said it expects to reach double-digit growth in auto sales in 2013, relying on strong demand from China and the US. In 2012 the automaker’s sales were up 21% to 8,500 units, with the US up 23% and the same in China. Bentley will add 22 more dealerships in the following two years, reaching a total of 215 worldwide.