Bentley’s overall sales increased by nearly a third in the first six months of the year, with the U.S. market overtaking China as the automaker’s biggest market. Through the end of June, Bentley reported a 32% growth after having delivered 3,929 cars to customers. U.S. sales have gone up 25.7% with sales of 1,140 units, barely beating China, which experienced a 55.7% increase to 1,059 units.
China had become the largest market for Bentley's vehicles as of the end of the first quarter. With 557 cars delivered to UK customers, this market has become the largest one in Europe, higher by 4.5%. Bentley CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer said that its half-year results display significant growth for Bentley in each single region throughout the globe.
Mulsanne sedan sales increased by 30% while the Continental GT coupe grew by 48.5%. Bentley won’t announce the exact figures but according to JATO, the figures for Europe by the end of May indicated that GT accounted for majority of the sales with 776 units sold while 82 Mulsanne units were sold. Sales had been driven up by the demand for the Continental GT's new V8 version.
Bentley didn’t disclose what the difference was between that and the 12-cylinder version, except to say that the more affordable V8 was "already achieving a double digit figure," talking about the percentage split. Bentley is thinking about raising its range with a production version of the EXP 9F SUV concept introduced at the Geneva auto show in early 2012. Duerheimer has said in a previous report that releasing an SUV may add an extra 3,500-5,000 units of sales annually. In 2011, Bentley sold 37% more cars to 7003 units.