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BENTLEY CELEBRATES REGIONAL SUCCESS AT LOS ANGELES AUTO SHOW WITH DEBUT OF NEW FLYING SPUR

  • New models contribute to regional sales growth
  • Mulsanne flagship shows off technology enhancements
  • The Americas remains the most important market for Bentley
  • One in four Bentleys sold in the Americas are retailed in California


(Los Angeles, 18 November 2013). Bentley Motors presents its new Flying Spur, the world’s fastest road-going sedan, in the brand’s most successful market within the Americas region at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week. Bentley will also display the Continental GTC V8 convertible and the flagship Mulsanne with its enhanced hand-crafted and technology-laden cabin.

Kevin Rose, Bentley’s Member of the Board for Sales and Marketing remarks: “The Americas continues to be Bentley’s leading market and California remains the most successful area for Bentley within the region. We truly feel at home here. New models such as the Continental GT Speed Convertible and the Flying Spur have sustained the Americas region as a driving force of Bentley’s continued global sales success.”

Bentley worldwide sales to the end of September increased nine per cent to 6,516 cars. The Americas remains Bentley’s largest market and accounted for 2,022 cars which represented a 16% increase over the previous year and 31% of all sales. Bentley’s expanded product portfolio, including the recently launched Flying Spur sedan, means there is a great deal of confidence for the remainder of 2013 and the year ahead.

New Flying Spur

The Flying Spur is the fastest road-going luxury sedan in the world, powered by Bentley’s renowned 6.0-litre, twin turbo W12 engine. It develops 616 bhp, sprinting from 0-60 mph in just 4.3 seconds. The athletic design of the new Flying Spur combines traditional Bentley styling cues with a dynamic stance and contemporary details.

A touch-screen infotainment system with mobile connectivity, including Wi-Fi, allows the driver and passengers alike to interface with the car and the outside world. A Rear Seat Entertainment suite and a new bespoke hand-held Touch Screen Remote give rear-cabin occupants control over an extensive range of features from the comfort of their seats.

Mulsanne

Also on display is the enhanced 2014 Bentley Mulsanne, presented with the very latest suite of technology for rear seat passengers.

The Entertainment Specification incorporates the latest in-car technological developments, with picnic tables designed for an iPad and wireless keyboard, as the cabin of the Mulsanne becomes a Wi-Fi Hotspot.

The new Crewe-assembled Entertainment Specification option offers a full menu of communication, entertainment and information. Once the picnic tables are deployed, a smooth hide-trimmed writing surface is revealed. At the touch of a button, the surface lifts to reveal a dedicated space for an iPad and keyboard, ready to connect to a web browser via the on-board WiFi.

Crafted in solid metal, fine veneer and hide, the tables feature an adjustable screen with an anti-trap sensor to protect fingers. An iPad can be charged when the ignition is on, yet is fully detachable and also out of sight once stowed.

The Entertainment Specification is further enhanced with twin, eight inch LCD headrest screens, incorporating a 20 GB hard drive and DVD player, played through a ‘Naim for Bentley’ premium audio system, while two sets of Bluetooth headphones and a dedicated remote control allows additional playback options.

Continental GTC V8

With the 4.0-litre V8 engine, Bentley widened the appeal of the latest generation of Continentals, introducing a completely new driving experience. The engine has the exhilarating power, drama and performance you would expect from a V8 engine sporting the famous Bentley wings, effortlessly delivered with the characteristic Bentley ‘wave of torque’.

The 4.0 litre, 500hp twin turbocharged Continental GTC V8 convertible achieves exceptional standards for performance and efficiency in the high luxury sports car sector. The V8 engine delivers maximum power of 500 bhp at 6000 rpm and an extraordinary peak torque of 487 lb-ft which is available across virtually the entire rev range from 1700 to 5000 rpm, providing exhilarating performance and effortless power delivery in the Bentley tradition. Combined with a close-ratio ZF 8-speed automatic transmission, this translates into a 0-60 acceleration time of 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 187 mph.

At the same time, the V8 Continental models achieve outstanding levels of fuel efficiency for the luxury performance sector and are capable of traveling over 500 miles on a single tank of fuel.

The Continental GTC V8 convertible will be on display alongside the new Flying Spur and Mulsanne flagship at the Bentley stand in the South Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center.

ENDS
 

For further information about this press release please contact:

 

Graeme Russell – Head of Communications

Graeme.Russell@Bentley-USA.com

Office:   +1 (703) 364-7980

Mobile:  +1 (248) 464-9100

 

Corey Proffitt – Communications Manager

Corey.Proffitt@Bentley-USA.com

Office:  +1 (703) 364-7981

Mobile: +1 (248) 613-7438

 

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Notes to editors

 

  1. Bentley Motors employs around 4,000 people in Crewe which is home to all its operations including design, R&D, engineering and production. The combination of fine craftsmanship, using skills that have been handed down through generations, alongside engineering expertise and cutting-edge technology is unique to UK luxury vehicle manufacturers such as Bentley. It is also an example of high-value British manufacturing at its best. Bentley exports over £1bn worth of goods in 2012.  The company is the third largest R&D investor in the UK's automotive sector and the 18th largest nationally.

 

  1. Bentley Motors, Inc. is the Sales, Marketing, distribution and Aftersales channel for the Bentley brand in The Americas. Nearly one in every three Bentley products sold worldwide is delivered to a customer in the Americas, making the region the single largest for the company. Headquartered in Herndon, VA, Bentley Motors, Inc. has approximately 40 employees and 52 retail locations throughout the region, with the latest appointment being Walnut Creek in November, 2013. The wide majority of the region’s sales and retailers are located in the United States, with California, New York and southern Florida metro markets being the three largest.

 

  1. To the end of the third quarter in 2013, Bentley’s deliveries to customers increased by nine per cent to 6,516 cars. The Americas remained Bentley’s largest sales region with 2,022 cars delivered to customers, up 16 per cent on the same period in 2012. In Europe, deliveries grew by 14 per cent with 1,081 cars delivered. In the UK, 1,055 cars were delivered to customers, a 24 per cent increase on the first half of 2012.  In China 1,264 cars were delivered, a 17 per cent decrease, with the eagerly anticipated new Flying Spur deliveries having commenced in the third quarter. The Middle East region performed extremely well with deliveries up 26 per cent to 596 cars. Asia Pacific also had an outstanding quarter, increasing its deliveries by 38 per cent to 315 cars and Japan saw growth of nine per cent with 142 deliveries.

 

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