This year Bentley is on course - once again - to make more cars in Crewe than it ever has before. It’s a nice headline that hides a story, however, because much of that growth is driven by the arrival - and smash-hit success - of the Bentayga.
Elsewhere, business is hard. Chinese authorities continue to clamp down on spending on luxury goods, just last month adding a 10% tax to goods over a certain value at one day’s notice. The super rich are resilient to such things, of course, but when a government frowns on extroverted spending, it is bound to have a wider impact.
Meanwhile, the US and Europe are in a state of flux, and the Middle Eastern oil states are in limbo while the price of oil stays low. It is not an easy time to be trying to selling luxury cars.