Record sales for Bentley in 2013 – up 19 percent compared to 2012 image

British carmaker Bentley Motors on Wednesday said it sold 10,120 cars new luxury vehicles in 2013 – up 19 percent compared to 2012.

Bentley, a brand of Volkswagen Group said 2013 was the best year in company’s 95-year history, against 8,510 in 2012. It also said that last year the automaker was able to increase its sales network by 11 percent, to 193 showrooms.

“2013 marks our fourth consecutive year of double-digit growth, establishing ourselves as the most sought after luxury car brand in the world. We continue to win new customers and we are confident that 2014 will be another successful year for Bentley. People all over the world love the unique combination of luxury and performance of our cars,” Bentley’s Chairman and Chief Executive, Dr Wolfgang Schreiber said.

America remains the largest car market for Bentley where the company sold 3,140 cars, up 28% compared to 2012. As expected, China was the second largest market with 2,191 cars sold over the last year.

In Europe Bentley sold 1,480 new vehicles – up 11 percent, while in Britain, Bentley’s home market the luxury brand sold 1,381 cars, a 25% increase on 2012 (1,104 cars).

Overall, in 2013 the British brand sold 86 percent of the vehicles abroad.

Growth is expected to further accelerate in 2017 when the company plans to start selling the plugin hybrid SUV.