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What Crisis? Bentley Increases Sales by 20%

Although the auto industry has been affected tremendously by the recent financial crisis, a few companies have managed to increase their sales during these rough times. A good example would have to be Bentley who announced this week that they have increased their sales by 20%, managing to deliver in the first period of this year 2,978 cars, the most units since 2008.

Most of the success is attributed to the increasing demand for the Continental GT model as well as the company’s increasing exposure in China, where the automaker’s sales have risen by a whopping 57% in comparison to the similar period of 2010, selling 680 cars.

In Europe, Bentley’s sales have risen by 25% (494 units) while in the United States they’re up by 23% (907 cars). The only areas where the company’s sales have fallen are the Middle East and Japan.

Source: Bentley via Carscoop

New Breitling Bentley Watches Launched

As if the Bentley Supersports QP Light Body Breitling Watch wasn’t enough to celebrate the automaker’s achievement of braking the world record for the fastest car on ice, there are two new watches to go along with the recently announced Bentley Supersports Ice Speed Record special edition.

Dubbed GT Ice and GT Racing Ice, both of them feature an Ice White dial and have an all-polished finish. The GT Racing model sports a special finish that alternates between satin-brushed upper surfaces and polished sides. On the back of the case there is a medallion with the outline of the Bentley Continental GT.

Both models have a Breitling Calibre 13B chronograph movement – chronometer-certified by the COSC and fitted with a calendar displaying the date and day through a generous twin aperture at 3 o’clock.

These watches are a limited edition and the price tag is a whopping $7,165.

In my opinion these watches are somewhat pointless because the current top speed record for driving on ice is held by the Audi RS6, a car that clocked 206.05 mph at Gulf of Bothina in Oulu, Finland.

Source: Bentley

Buy A Prestige Car

Who doesn’t want to buy a prestige car like a Jaguar, a BMW, a Mercedes or a Ferrari? It’s the dream of every person to have one of these “beauties” in his garage. Even if these cars are more expensive than the regular ones and need extra money to repair and maintain, the luxury features such as cruise control, leather interior or sound technology, which provide you the comfort you need, are all worth the extra money.

Sometimes, these cars represent the wealth and the welfare of the people who own them. So, if you fell that a prestige car is the one for you should take a look at my options. These options are among the most desired cars on Earth, man made.

Who didn’t see the Bond movies and the car drove by him, the amazing Aston Martin? This car has a history and it is the finest prestige car on the market. It’s made by the best automobile engineers in the field. Their mission is to make cars which combine “power, beauty and soul” and they manage to do that every time. The list of Aston Martin cars is long, so you can choose taking into account how much money do you want to spend. So you can buy a 2009 Aston Martin Vantage Silver or a 2010 4 doors Aston Martin Rapide.

Another prestige car is the Bentley, which is the most exquisite car of all. It represents style and pure comfort on wheels and every time you drive one of these cars you must know that everybody will turn the head and admire its elegance. There are a lot of models from which to pick and choose, starting with the Bentley Continental Mulliner 6.0 V12 and going back to some other older models.

The most stylish and exquisite saloon car is the Jaguar. The words which describe it are beauty, power and elegance. So, you can buy the most recent models on the market, such as the 2010 Jaguar XJ Series Diesel or the Jaguar XF 3.0 Diesel Portfolio 2011.

I think that everybody love the cars made by Ferrari. This brand is the symbol of performance and because of that all the people like the “Prancing Horse”. I think that you will agree that Ferrari is the winner when it comes to style. Choose the model you want: even if it is a 2008 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano or a 1997 Ferrari F50 Ferrari Classiche, people’s reaction will be the same and that beauty will always get the highest wow factor.

But if you want a 4×4 car, you must buy the most exquisite one and that’s the Land Rover. This car is the more secure and safe car you can drive in your town or on off-road terrain. The list of Land Rovers is wide and can satisfy all tastes. You can buy a 2011 Land Rover Discovery Diesel or a 51 Land Rover Freelander depending on your finances.

These are the winners when it comes to prestige, but you can enjoy luxury even on a smaller budget. Nowadays, many of the mass-production manufactures have included the extra luxury items in their car production. That’s why you will be able to afford a Ford Fiesta equipped with reversing cameras or a Sony DAB radio.

If you want to fulfill a dream you must invest time and money, but every penny will seem well spent in the end.

Bentley Planning To Expand Lineup

Bentley Continental Supersports Coupe

At the moment, Bentley’s lineup of cars consists of four models, including the Mulsanne, Azure T, Brooklands and the Continental. The latter is available in four different versions, as follows:  GT, GTC, Flying Spur and the Supersports. The automaker’s bosses are working on expanding this lineup and the new models will be underpinned by the soon-to-be-sister brand Porsche’s architecture.

The first future model will most likely be a 4-door coupe variant of the Continental GT that will have to face up some serious competition coming from the exquisite Aston Martin Rapide and the Mercedes CLS. At the same time, it will also take on other models by the VW Group, including the Porsche Panamera and the sexy Audi A7.

Rumors say that Bentley is also working on a crossover which will be based on the Porsche Cayenne. Those same sources say that the automaker will use the Cross Continental badge for that model.

Another possible model will be a smaller coupe that will be placed below the aforementioned Continental GT and will be aimed to grab customers from the Mercedes SL 63 AMG and the Maserati GranTurismo.

These new models should see the light of day sometime in 2015.

Bentley Arabia Continental Flying Spur Speed

Bentley Arabia Continental Flying Spur Speed

It seems that the Qatar Motor Show organized in Doha is the place where automakers come to launch special editions of their models. First, Volkswagen rolled out two special editions of their highly successful Touareg sport utility vehicle. After that, Lamborghini launched a the Gallardo LP 560-4 Bicolore and now Bentley unveiled the Arabia Continental Flying Spur Speed which will be made in a limited series of only 50 units.

With a staggering price of 155,000 pounds, this special edition comes with a bundle of extras over the standard Speeds, most of them upgrading the visual elements of the vehicle. The model is easily distinguishable by the interior and exterior “Arabia” motifs that can be found on the ashtray lid badge, tread plate and on the front bumper.

The Arabia rolls on 10-spoke, 20-inch bright silver rims that are compatible with the carbon ceramic brakes which are an optional feature. The color choices for the bodywork are also unique in comparison to the standard model.

Inside the luxurious cabin, this limited edition comes with deep-pile carpet mats with hide trimming, veneered picnic tables with inset vanity mirrors to the rear of the car’s front seats and also it has ventilated fluted seats.

The Bentley Arabia Continental Flying Spur Speed will be offered with a variation of the company’s W12 engine that outputs 600 hp and 553 lb.-ft of torque which allows the car to reach 60 mph in 4.8 seconds and have a top speed of 200 mph.

Touring Superleggera Increases Production Of Bentley Flying Star

Bentley Flying Star

For those of you looking for a Bentley shooting brake look no further as Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera can make your dreams come true, for a hefty price of course. The Flying Star was unveiled by the Milanese coachbuilder at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show but since then, they only managed to deliver three examples of this very interesting custom creation.

Bentley Flying Star

Why just three examples? Because they said that for building just one, they need about 4,000 man-hours. What they do is they take a Continental GTC (the outgoing model, for now) and transform it into a long-roofed coupe. Things will take a turn for the better as they recently made an investment in the staff and equipment and they said that in the near future they will be able to make five cars at a time.

Bentley Flying Star

However, each example will still take 6 months to deliver and the total annual production will be limited to only 19 units. The good side is that those wealthy buyers that can afford it will be able to choose from a wide variety of customizations, including the powerful 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 that can be available in various states of tune ranging from 552 hp for the entry-level configuration and up to 621 for the Supersports model.

In Depth – 2011 Bentley Mulsanne

2011 Bentley Mulsanne

Tasked with making a new flagship that is capable of capturing the essence of the Bentley marquee – a high-end luxury automobile that is capable of taking down many of today’s sports cars – the designers and engineers in Crewe did their very best and created the 2011 Mulsanne. The electronics of the car manage every single aspect of the Mulsanne’s powerful V8 6.75-liter, from the ignition sequence to fuel delivery. Power on the engine and it whirls to life and after that you will get a near-silent idle.

The car you see in these pictures is the North American-spec Bentley Mulsanne that has Pale Sapphire paint and a Cashew interior with French Navy contrasting color. The starting price for the car is $285,000 without the $2,595 destination fee. The car pictured comes pre-loaded with a bundle of optional features, like the massive 21-inch Polished Sport Wheels that cost $6,315; the Seat Ventilation & Massage that cost extra $3,000; the Adaptive Cruise Control which adds another $3,270 to the final price tag; Burr Oak Veneer – $4,630; Naim Premium Audio – $7,415 and a Flying “B” Radiator Mascot. Add to all of these the Valet Key that costs $250 and the Ambient Interior Mood Lightning that adds another $390 and the final price tag of this high-end car is $330,195.

2011 Bentley Mulsanne

The 2011 Mulsanne has some of the best polished stainless steel door handles ever installed in a car and the insides have a special tactile knurling that delights your fingertips.  With the new model, the company reinstated its proprietary tanning process for the hides which means that the new Mulsanne benefits from an aromatic and rich leather balm which is quite different in comparison to what you find in other cars with “painted” leather interiors.

Being a true Bentley, the inside is both sumptuous and lavish, both passenger-pampering and driver-focused. The steering wheel of the car isn’t quite sculpted or meaty, but the grip of the leather, feel and texture is very smooth. The flagship model comes with 12-way power-operated heated and massaging seats that offer all the comfort you can get from a car’s seat.

2011 Bentley Mulsanne

The primary instrumentation of the vehicle is quite clear, but the many smaller glass buttons located on the center console and the center stack require a little bit of familiarization. The car features an 8-inch high-resolution screen that is located behind a veneered panel installed in the center of the dashboard and is capable of displaying an easy-to-read version of Audi’s MMI (Multi Media Interface).

We all know that all Bentleys are designed mostly for the driver, but rest assured that the2011 Mulsanne offers all the comfort in the world for its passengers. The front one has the identical accommodations as the driver and the rear ones (2+1) benefit from 8-way power-operated heated and massaging seats with memory features and lumbar support. The car benefits from four individual zones of the climate control system and the passengers in the rear seats have the possibility to move the front-passenger seat out of the way (not that they don’t have plenty of leg room in the back). The multitude of controls is cleverly tucked out of the way inside the armrest that can be found in the rear center.

2011 Bentley Mulsanne

The engine that we have mentioned at the beginning of the article has been around since the 60s, and was installed in many Bentley and Rolls-Royce cars. During its 50 years of service, the power unit has received several updates and in this Mulsanne it has been entirely reworked and got a new forged camshaft, new connecting rods and new lightweight pistons. With these improvements, the power unit churns 505 hp @ 4,200 rpm and at only 1,750 rpm it can offer a torque of 752 pound-feet. This engine is linked to an 8-speed automatic gearbox developed by ZF that comes with paddles mounted on the steering wheel for those drivers that still want to switch gears manually. With this hardware configuration, the 2011 Bentley Mulsanne is capable of doing the 0-60 mph sprint in only 5.1 seconds, 0-100 mph in 11.6 seconds. With a curb weight of 5,700 pounds, the car is faster than a Porsche Cayman S which has half of the Bentley’s weight.

A premiere for a car in this segment is the variable displacement which means that the valves close in four of the cylinders in order to maximize fuel efficiency during normal cruising. Bentley’s are known to be driver’s cars so the Mulsanne is no exception to this rule and comes with a rotary switch for altering the suspension as well as the steering responses. The four driving modes available are: Bentley, Sport, Comfort and Custom.

2011 Bentley Mulsanne

That heavy power under the hood must be stopped efficiently and for this reason the engineers at Bentley fitted the 2011 Mulsanne with massive brakes that measure 15.75 inches in the front with 6-piston calipers and 14.60 inches for the rear wheels with 2-piston calipers. The 21-inch optional rims we mentioned before are covered by 265/45ZR21 performance tires. When you stomp the brakes, the nose will drop as the weight is transferred forward.

Although it has a pretty considerable price tag, the 2011 Bentley Mulsanne is worth every single dollar, offering a great driving experience combined with all the comfort in the world. The steering is as smooth as it gets, the brakes are very efficient, and the interior cabin features some of the best and expensive materials available. Being a hand-crafted luxury sedan, the Mulsanne is a luxury automobile that perfectly blends the fun of driving with a bundle of comfort features for both the driver and the rest of the passengers.

2011 Bentley Mulsanne

The 2011 Bentley Mulsanne can be described as a car faster than the Porsche Cayman S and with all the luxury features that you would expect from a car that belongs to the high-end luxury segment. Of course, all of these come at a very hefty price.

Source: AutoBlog.com

November U.S. Sales, Up By 17%

The United States trucks and cars sales rose by 17% in November, raising high hopes that the automotive market will end on a very high note, creating a solid momentum for 2011. Last month, the number of light vehicle sales went up to 873,407 cars, which is the 11th market advance in the past 12 months. The car sales until November, reached 10.45 million units, topping the 2009 sales figures that totaled 10.43 million.

The United States sales, for the second consecutive month achieved an annual selling rate of 12.26 million units, according to the information revealed by AutoData Corporation. In 2009, the light vehicles delivered reached an annual rate of only 10.86 million vehicles. According to Edmunds.com, larger vehicles, crossovers and pickup trucks are more popular among buyers. The redesigned or new models coming from Hyundai, Nissan, VW as well as other car manufacturers, helped raise the sales figures.

Ford sold 20% more trucks and cars in comparison to 2009. GM’s sales also went up by 12% and its four remaining brands grew by 21%. According to the Chrysler Group, the November request for new cars rose by 17%.

Today, the General Motors officials predicted that a gradual economic recovery will most likely continue to strengthen the request for new vehicles. Jim Bunnell, who is the general manager of U.S. sales for General Motors, stated that “the economy is continuing to gain traction. We believe we will see meaningful job creation in the coming months.”

Moving on, the Hyundai Group (and Kia), sold this November 41% more cars. The demand for Honda cars in the United States grew by 21%. Porsche also is doing well, benefiting from 49% more sales. Jaguar Land Rover sales climbed by 22%. Nissan is also benefiting from an increased number of sales, the deliveries for their vehicles rose by 27%.

On the contrary, Toyota sales, including Scion and Lexus, went down by 3% in November, totaling 129,137 cars, although the company spent more on incentives in comparison to 2009. The situation clearly illustrates the problems the Japanese automaker is having in winning back the trust of the United States customers, after more than a year since the automaker started recalling millions of cars that shattered Toyota’s good image for manufacturing high quality cars that are very safe on the road. Toyota and Mazda were the only two manufacturers that did not post double-digit sales gains in November; Mazda’s sales went up by only 7%.

Almost all of the General Motors cars shipped were 2011 models, which allowed the company to increase the average transaction prices, according to Don Johnson, who is GM’s vice president of United States sales operations. Through last month, the average price of a GM car went up by $1,300 in comparison to the similar period of 2009. Johnson added that the incentives averaged 10.4% of GM’s transaction prices, which is just about the same as the rest of the industry.

Volkswagen AG sold 24.2% more cars last month, the Jetta Sedan being the most successful model as sales grew by a healthy 49%. Analysts affirm that the sales made in the final weekend of the month went up due to the Thanksgiving holiday deals that were sponsored by individual manufacturers and dealers, including Nissan and Toyota.

Automaker Nov. 2010 Nov. 2009 Pct. chng. 11 month
2010
11 month
2009
Pct. chng.
BMW Group* 22,909 18,030 27% 238,443 218,138 9%
Chrysler Group LLC 74,152 63,560 17% 984,509 844,879 17%
Daimler AG** 19,259 17,462 10% 208,946 184,294 13%
Ford Motor Co.*** 146,956 122,846 20% 1,773,868 1,493,533 19%
General Motors**** 168,670 150,676 12% 1,987,552 1,864,211 7%
Honda (American)† 89,617 74,003 21% 1,100,864 1,043,641 6%
Hyundai Group†† 67,324 46,002 46% 819,250 680,282 20%
Isuzu - - -% - 165 -100%
Jaguar Land Rover 4,039 3,319 22% 40,329 33,420 21%
Maserati 166 100 66% 1,717 1,158 48%
Mazda 15,304 14,255 7% 208,087 189,512 10%
Mitsubishi 4,306 2,925 47% 50,809 49,631 2%
Nissan††† 71,366 56,288 27% 814,840 696,699 17%
Porsche 2,416 1,626 49% 22,753 17,578 29%
Saab Cars North America‡ 397 - -% 3,763 - -%
Subaru 20,792 16,988 22% 237,126 193,578 23%
Suzuki 2,332 1,540 51% 21,347 36,811 -42%
Toyota‡‡ 129,317 133,700 -3% 1,586,107 1,582,287 0%
Volkswagen‡‡‡ 29,713 23,191 28% 325,279 267,955 21%
Volvo Cars North America‡‡‡‡ 4,078 - -% 16,667 - -%
Other (estimate) 294 308 -5% 3,234 3,372 -4%
TOTAL 873,407 746,819 17% 10,445,490 9,401,144 11%

Numbers in this table are calculated by Automotive News based on actual monthly sales reported by the manufacturers and may differ from numbers reported elsewhere.

Source: Automotive News Data Center

Note: Other includes estimates for Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini and Lotus

*Includes Mini and Rolls-Royce
**Includes Maybach, Mercedes-Benz and Smart
***Includes Volvo through July 2010
****Includes Saab through February 2010
†Includes Acura
††Includes Kia
†††Includes Infiniti
‡The sale of Saab was final on February 23, 2010
‡‡Includes Lexus and Scion
‡‡‡Includes Audi and Bentley
‡‡‡‡The sale of Volvo to Zhejiang Geely Holding Group was final on Aug. 2, 2010

Source: AutoNews.com

Bentley sues Axl Rose for damaged leased car

According to TMZ, Guns N’ Roses lead vocalist Axl Rose is being sued by Bentley over a leased 2006 Bentley Continental Flying Spur. It looks like Rose leased a car some time ago and, beside returning the car several months after its scheduled date and with 42,000 miles over the lease limit, the car also was seriously damaged, having a cracked windshield, a broken taillight, damaged tires, dents on the doors, a damaged bumper and a missing key. TMZ also reports that the amount of money Bentley is suing for is $74,000.

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Video: 2011 Bentley Continental GT gets showcased in a new video


The 2011 Bentley Continental GT was finally revealed yesterday, and even though the high res photos were extremely pleasant, the British luxury carmaker decided to showcase a video with its brand new performance coupe.

The footage shows just how the new model took shape, from sketching to the actual manufacturing by hand at its Crewe headquarters. Check out the video of the 2011 Continental GT after the jump.
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2011 Bentley Continental GT officially revealed


After a bit of teasing and a lot of waiting, the 2011 Bentley Continental GT has finally been revealed by the British luxury carmaker.

Even though its looks may not seem all that changed, as opposed to the outgoing model, the new Continental GT is a very different beast. It boasts special tweaks to the exterior, a revised interior with new options and features, as well as the option of a V8 engine, for those that don’t want the big W12 unit up front.

First off, the exterior has been slightly retouched. The front gets a new grille finish, while the headlights have built-in LED daytime running tech. The lower intake has also been reshaped, while the rear borrows heavily from the new Mulsanne.

On the inside, Bentley has fitted new systems to the Continental GT. You can now have an 8-inch touchscreen, a new navigation system with Google Maps capability, new seats and increased space in the back.

Without a doubt the biggest changes for the 2011 Bentley Continental GT is the upgraded 6.0-liter W12 engine. It now outputs 567 HP and 516 lb-ft of torque, enough to send the luxury model from 0 to 62 mph in 4.4 seconds and up to 198 mph. A new six-speed Quickshift transmission is present, sending power through the all-wheel drive system in a 40/60 rear bias.

Those that want to save the planet can opt for a more efficient 4.0-liter V8 engine, though its performance or efficiency figures have yet to be revealed. This option will be available starting with the end of 2011.

Expect the 2011 Bentley Continental GT to be revealed to the public at the upcoming Paris Motor Show. Until then, have a gander at the photo gallery below.

Photo Gallery: 2011 Bentley Continental GT

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Video: Russian Bentley Continental GT owner shows off and crashes


Russia is quickly becoming one of the largest markets for luxury carmakers, largely due to the big number of rich people who want to flaunt their worth by buying and showing off their rides.

What’s even more profitable for automakers is that most Russian drivers really like to get ‘competitive’ so some showing off leads to crashes and work for auto mechanics.

The latest example is a new video with a Bentley Continental GT owner, who decided to show off his ride around a grassy hill, filled with campers.

As you can imagine, those 550 HP from the Continental was too much to handle, and resulted in the luxury coupe to damage its rear against a parked van. While most car fans would cringe at this image, its owner was quite pleased, displaying his foolish act for everyone to see.

Hit the jump to check out the video and once again confirm that good taste can’t be bought, no matter the sum of money you have.
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Bentley planning a five-door Continental to rival the Panamera?

Bentley planning a five-door Continental to rival the Panamera?

Luxury carmakers are all about niches and filling them if the demand is high enough. The newest fad has been started by the Porsche Panamera, and is already followed by the likes of Aston Martin, with the Rapide.

But Bentley isn’t too far behind either, as a source has confirmed to Autocar that other body styles, besides the sedan, coupe and convertible, are being planned for the next generation Continental model.

According to the source, a five-door fastback, in the vein of the Panamera, has the biggest chances to achieve production status, seeing as how more and more people want an extra dose of practicality with their luxury.
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Wheelsandmore presents tuned Bentley Continental Ultrasports 702

Wheelsandmore presents tuned Bentley Continental Ultrasports 702

The Bentley Continental is one might impressive luxury sportscar. But seeing as how its top of the range version, the Supersports, ‘only’ extracted 620 HP from that massive W12 6.0-liter engine, the tuners at Wheelsandmore decided that a few upgrades might be in order.

So, after a bit of tinkering and adding things like an optimized ECU, a new exhaust system, a set of 21-inch, 3-piece modular wheels plus an electronically-adjustable suspension, the Bentley Continental Ultrasports 702 was born.

The new British luxury sportscar now develops a whopping 702 HP with 650 lb-ft of torque. Together with the other bespoke features, we’re pretty sure this package from Wheelsandmore will attract quite a few performance fans, not happy with the stock Supersports.

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Bentley unveils special edition Continental models for China

Bentley unveils special edition Continental models for China

As any self-respecting luxury carmaker, Bentley knows most of its money is currently coming from China and just revealed two special editions based on its Continental lineup for the Asian country at the Beijing Motor Show.

First off, four-door lovers will be able to enjoy the Continental Flying Spur Speed China, which, alongside a more elegant trim line and accessory lineup, saw its exhaust system toned down and received a softer suspension. Still, this doesn’t stop Bentley from hyping up the model as the “world’s fastest luxury four-door saloon.”

Bentley unveils special edition Continental models for China

Chinese coupe fans weren’t neglected, with the British carmaker revealing Continental GT Design Series China model. The car has a bespoke interior (pictured above) with three-tone leather and new accents that can be ordered in a variety of colors.

Either way, if you happen to be passing by the Chinese capital, you can visit the Beijing Motor Show and check out these special Bentleys.

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