(Crewe, 21 November 2012). The Bentley Continental GT Convertible has received the prestigious Auto Trophy award for “Imported Convertibles over 30,000 euros" as voted for by readers of “Auto Zeitung” magazine. Over 100 000 readers participated in this year’s survey.
Auto Zeitung is an influential German automotive publication with a bi-weekly circulation of more than 200,000. The award was presented by editor-in-chief Volker Koerdt at the 25th Auto Trophy gala ceremony in Düsseldorf last night.
Accepting the award on behalf of Bentley, Dr Wolfgang Schreiber, the company’s Chairman and Chief Executive said:
“I am delighted to accept this award for the Bentley Continental GT Convertible. Bentley has a longstanding reputation for building exquisite convertibles. Our design and engineering teams have developed this iconic soft top with an uncompromising focus on quality and performance. The result is a stylish four seat convertible that offers supreme levels of power, refinement and luxury”.
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Notes to editors
1. Bentley Motors is the third largest R&D investor in the UK's automotive sector and the 18th largest nationally. The company employs around 4,000 people in Crewe which is home to all its operations including design, R&D, engineering and production. The combination of fine craftsmanship, using skills that have been handed down through generations, alongside engineering expertise and cutting-edge technology is unique to UK luxury vehicle manufacturers such as Bentley. It is also an example of high-value British manufacturing at its best. Bentley exports over £500m worth of goods every year to established markets like the US, as well as emerging markets such as China and South America.
2. In the first nine months of 2012 Bentley’s global sales were up by 25% with 5,969 cars delivered to customers and growth in every region. The Americas remain Bentley’s largest global region with 1750 deliveries (up by 29%) whilst in China deliveries were up by 25.7% to 1525 cars. In Europe deliveries were up by 20% (950 cars delivered) and by 9.6% in the UK (854 cars delivered). The Middle East significantly increased its deliveries by 42.7% (531 cars) and deliveries were also up 34.7% in Asia Pacific (229 cars delivered). Deliveries in Japan rose by 68.8% to 130 cars.
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