Bentley SUV gets green light for production

Article by Christian Andrei, on July 23, 2012

There’s good news for auto workers in Crewe, England, as Bentley is rumored to soon start production of an SUV at its plant there. This move ensures that there will be jobs at the plant for 14 years. A source told The Sentinel newspaper that Bentley will produce the EXP 9 F SUV concept that was seen at the Geneva auto show last March.

The concept’s appearance was heavily criticized but Bentley managers retorted that the SUV would be a good fit for the luxury marque. In early 2012, Bentley CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer told Automotive News Europe that if this would be approved, the annual sales of this SUV may reach 3,500 to 5,000.

This would be noteworthy for a brand that posted sales of 7,003 units last year. In a release, the Volkswagen Group said that it will extend the period that the Crewe plant will be shut down in the summer from two weeks to three weeks to permit several facility changes to prepare for future productivity increases as well as being a good fit with suppliers' holidays. The Sentinel said that Bentley has informed workers about the extended shutdown of the Continental production line since the company that supplies bodyshells can’t cope with demand.

Bentley said that it had faced difficulties with one of its suppliers, saying that it’s unrelated and has been resolved with the least impact on the business. Bentley’s supplier for its painted bodyshells for its very popular Continental model line is VW’s plant in Zwickau, Germany, plant, that supplies bodyshells for the Phaeton sedan, the flagship of the VW brand. In the first half of 2012, Bentley's sales increased by 32% to 3,929 cars. A spokesperson said that the company is “confident” that there will be “good double-digit growth” in 2012.

Bentley Bentayga is a combination of effortless performance, unparalleled luxury, and everyday usability. It has a new W12 powertrain, making it the world’s fastest, most luxurious, most exclusive, and most powerful SUV. It offers you a genuine Bentley driving experience, with features that showcase innovative technology.

Bentayga’s styling is pure Bentley as it is sculptural and is a product of timeless and elegant execution. Engineered, designed, and handcrafted in Bentley’s factory in Crewe, England, the Bentayga perfectly balances confidence and sportiness. The Bentley DNA is clearly visible all throughout the Bentayga, from its large matrix grille and four round LED headlamps, to its muscular haunches and distinctive power line.

Moreover, the Bentayga boasts the finest automotive cabin in the world, with unparalleled precision levels. Its metal, leather, and wood detailing, as well as the meticulous tolerances between its trim elements, makes it a perfect example of modern British luxury. The SUV was able to achieve this level of perfection with the exceptional skill and craft of Bentley’s crew.

Additionally, the SUV features a new twin-turbocharged 6-liter W12 engine. The powerful 12-cylinder unit combines refinement and efficiency with super luxurious levels of torque and power. With 608 PS and 900 Nm delivering a zero-60 mph time of 4 seconds and a 187-mph top speed, the Bentayga can be considered the world's fastest and most powerful SUV.

According to Wolfgang Dürheimer, chairman and CEO of Bentley Motors, the Bentayga is the Bentley of SUVs. It redefines luxury in the sports utility vehicle sector and offers you an authentic Bentley experience in whatever environment, thanks to an unparalleled attention to detail combined with a go-anywhere ability as well as cutting-edge technology.

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