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Bentley Continental GT V8 S Convertible Photograph: /Bentley

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 Flying Spur V8
Bentley Flying Spur V8 Photograph: Bentley

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.

Original Source: The Guardian

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