Despite the European Debt Crisis, patient and the global context, Bentley, the British automaker said all major regions are up with a global increase of 47% year-on-year and 894 cars delivered to customers.
China and the US are going head-to-head to become Bentley’s number one global market in 2012 with China in front at the very start of the year with 324 cars delivered (+66%) whilst US deliveries were up 29% (251 cars) over the same period.
In addition, Europe continues to grow strongly and is up 39% year-on-year.
The Middle East has also significantly increased its sales performance by 55% with 93 cars delivered to customers, a substantial rise after last year’s deliveries were impacted by political unrest in parts of the region.
Bentley’s Chairman and Chief Executive, Wolfgang Dürheimer, said:
“This is an excellent start to the new year for Bentley. We are maintaining the momentum from last year which clearly reflects the strong confidence customers have in our brand and in our new products worldwide.”
The increase was driven by strong demand for both the new GT and the recently launched Continental GTC, both of which have increased sales with 265 and 214 cars delivered respectively. This is before the first Continental V8s reach customers in the second quarter.
In addition, the Mulsanne is attracting significantly increased orders especially from the Middle East and China which could mean a record year for the flagship Bentley.