Bentley to create 140 extra jobs in Crewe; BMW prepares to announce first Mexican factory; Mazda confirms it will race at the Nürburgring 24 Hours endurance race in June
19 May 2014

Bentley has created an extra 140 jobs at its Crewe HQ after the biggest sales leap in the company’s history. A total of 90 engineers and 50 apprentices will be employed under the new scheme, with some working on Bentley’s 2016 SUV. The £800m three-year investment kick-starts the firm's range expansion.

BMW looks set to announce plans to build its first manufacturing plant in Mexico in July. A German newspaper reports that the new factory will initially produce as many as 100,000 cars per year, with models likely to be built there including the 3-series saloon. BMW boss Norbert Reithofer has previously said the firm will need an additional factory in North America to meet rising demand.

Mazda will enter the Nürburgring 24 Hours in June 2014 to commemorate 25 years since the first MX-5 was launched. JOTA Sport will race prepare and manage an MX-5 which will be driven by a team of four drivers. Mazda has sold 940,000 MX-5s worldwide since 1989. Read more about the history of the MX-5 here.

Simon Truscott

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20 May 2014
The above vehicle model looks stunning and really like the exterior designing of the vehicle. It looks big and wide. The front part of the vehicle is simply outstanding. Really Bentley is one of most popular and expensive Automotive brands in the World. This is also one of the oldest Automotive brands as well. The Bentley SUV will definitely able to rule in the market.

20 May 2014
If Bentley employs 3,500 'at its Crewe HQ', and people have a working life of 49 years, or thereabouts, then, on average you'd have to recruit over 71 people just to keep your numbers the same. If you now account for staff that leave for better paid jobs, to have a family and bring up the children, toolroom staff that win the lottery or people who unfortunately don't make it to retirement, then you'd have to more than double this figure. So, actually, Bentley takes on 140 means "they shed two". Probably the two that were working on the 2000psi pink pig in the picture.

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