BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GT RECEIVES MOTOR KLASSIK AWARD 2013
(Crewe/Jüchen, 12 April 2013) For the second year in a row Bentley’s Continental GT was selected ‘Classic Car of the Future’ in the Coupe Category by readers of the prestigious Motor Klassik magazine, a publication of Motor Presse Stuttgart.
More than 22,000 participants voted in both the print and online editions of the magazine, choosing from 60 cars in six ‘classic car’ categories and from 54 cars in 9 ‘classic cars of the future’ categories.
Throughout Bentley’s history, iconic grand tourers have forged the brand’s reputation. In the 1950s the beautiful R-Type Continental set new standards of performance and style. Gaining inspiration from the R-Type, which is universally regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful cars, the Bentley styling team designed new Continental GT which in2002 revolutionised the luxury coupe market, combining supercar performance and dynamism with remarkable everyday practicality. Not only did this mark the birth of a new product range for Bentley but also the beginning of an extraordinary renaissance for the Bentley brand.
Today the Continental GT range consists of the Continental V8, the Continental W12 and the recently launched performance flagship Continental GT Speed, available as both Coupe and Convertible.
Remarking on the Motor Klassik award, Dr Wolfgang Schreiber, CEO of Bentley Motors, said: “Bentley’s heritage is a cornerstone of our brand. For decades our cars have defined ultimate luxury and high performance grand touring. It is our goal to continue to build the best luxury cars in the world. We are honored that the readers recognize the Continental GT as a future classic and we thank them for this prestigious award.”
The award was presented at the Motor Klassik gala award ceremony at Schloss Dyck in Jüchen, Westphalia on April 9th.
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Kerstin Sachl – Head of PR, Europe
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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.
2. In the first quarter of 2013, Bentley’s deliveries to customers increased by 25.75% to 2,212 cars. The Americas remained Bentley’s largest sales region with 632 cars delivered to customers in the region, up 35.04% on Q1 2012. In Europe, deliveries grew by 61.84% with 335 cars delivered to customers. In the UK, 371 cars were delivered to customers, a 59.23% increase on the first quarter of 2012. In China 474 cars were delivered to customers, a 17.99% decrease which reflects anticipation of the new Flying Spur, the top selling Bentley in China, which becomes available from mid-2013 onwards. The Middle East region performed extremely well with deliveries up 41.07% to 237 cars. Asia Pacific also had an outstanding quarter, increasing its deliveries by 68.12% to 116 cars and Japan saw growth of 30.56% with 47 deliveries.