Luxury carmaker Bentley has announced that it’s on track for a record year, with demand from China, the Middle East and Germany all surging.
The Crewe-based firm has posted a 23% jump in sales so far this year, delivering 5,254 vehicles since the start of January.
Sales leapt by 61% in China, driven by demand for its “Flying Spur and Flying Spur V8″ models.
Japanese sales surged 56%, while Bentley sold 27% more cars in the Middle East.
Despite the weakness of the Eurozone recovery, sales in Europe are up 11% this year, thanks to a “strong performance in Germany”. But the UK market was more subdued, with sales up 2% – from 698 cars in the first half of 2013 to 713 this year.
Sales in the Americas rose 8% to 1,388; it’s still the largest market for Bentley.
Bentley board member Kevin Rose declared:
“There is no question that some markets will remain tough but we are confident of a good 2014.”
Bentley’s new Flying Spur costs £140,900 (before ‘add-ons’), so today’s sales figues are the latest confirmation that the spending power of the world’s richest people is undimmed.
Yesterday, Rolls-Royce reported that it had achieved record results so far this year. Like Bentley, it also cited strong demand in the Asia Pacific region, the Middle East, and Germany.