Bentley sales increase 19% with Americas offsetting decline in China

Bentley Motors (Volkswagen Group) confirmed today sales of its luxury cars registered a record last year as demand from the Americas offset slow-down in China. Bentley sold 10,120 cars in 2013, 19 percent more than the previous year and the fourth-straight year of double-digit volume growth.

Sales in the Americas, Bentley’s No. 1 market, surged 28 percent to 3,140 cars while Chinese deliveries fell 3 percent to 2,191. European sales were up 11 percent at 1,480. A new generation of the Flying Spur, rolled out last year, and a convertible version of the Continental GT Speed coupe, introduced in late 2012, helped boost sales, Bentley said.

The automaker said it sold 2,005 units of the new Flying Spur in the last four months of the year after it became available in all markets. Bentley is developing its first SUV, which will go on sale in 2016, to expand beyond exclusive sedans, coupes and convertibles.