British marque records sales of 5254 cars so far this year, a jump of almost 25 per cent on the same period in 2013

Bentley is on track for its most successful year in its 95-year history, having recorded sales growth of almost a quarter in the first six months of 2014.

At the half-year point, the Crewe-based manufacturer's global deliveries increased by 23 per cent to 5254 cars, up from 4279 cars in the first six months of 2013.

Driving the increase was new model introductions, with the Continental GT V8 S coupe and convertible, new Flying Spur and Flying Spur V8 all entering the market.

Bentley sold 1388 cars to the Americas region, an eight per cent increase on the 1282 cars delivered there in 2013.

Sales in China rose by 61 per cent, up to 1318 cars in 2014. Strong performance in Germany helped Europe post a sales increase of 11 per cent.

Deliveries in the UK also increased by two per cent, with 713 new cars being delivered compared with 698 in 2013.  

Kevin Rose, Bentley's sales, marketing and aftersales chief, said: "We continue to prove we are the world's most sought-after luxury car brand.

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"It's vital to continuously develop in our exclusive market, as our customers are the most discerning. There is no question that some markets will remain tough but we are confident of a good 2014."

Bentley enjoyed a record year in terms of delivery, turnover and profit in 2013.

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9 July 2014
It seems the more gauche Bentley moves the more cars it sells. Bentley, just as with most of the more expensive VW group offerings, is proof that money does not buy taste. I expect VW to buy up Mansory at any time now.

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