Bentley Motors has announced record sales of 11,206 vehicles in the year 2020, a 2% increase from 2019.
The news comes despite the Crewe based luxury car manufacturer being forced to pause production at its Pymms Lane site as a result of the Coronavirus.
The company saw sales grow almost by 50% in the Chinese market with 2880, sales into Europe however fell by 18% with a total of 2193 vehicles sold.
Over one-third of the sales were made up by the Continental GT and Continental GT Convertable.
Adrian Hallmark, Chairman and CEO of Bentley Motors, said:
Even though we anticipated greater sales before the pandemic struck, when you consider the level of restrictions around the world for the majority of the year, to achieve a record sales performance is a strong measure of our potential.
As we look to the year ahead we remain cautiously optimistic as much remains uncertain. One thing that doesn’t is our commitment to progress, the first step of which is the launch of the Bentayga Hybrid. This is one of nine new models we will launch this year as we continue on our Beyond100 strategic path and our accelerated journey towards becoming a fully electrified car company by 2030.
In 2020 the company made several other big announcements, as part of the Beyond100 strategy. Bentley confirmed it would end the production of traditional combustion engines by 2030.
In June 2020 the company announced that it would be making compulsory redundancies after a voluntary scheme to cut the workforce by 25% fell short.
September 2020 saw the Bentley Mulliner Bacalar made its public debut at the Salon Privé motor show at Blenheim Palace, only 12 of these vehicles will be produced, all of them having been sold already.
Bentley also debuted the new Mulliner Continental GT model along with the classic Bentley Blower
Decemeber 2020 saw the revival of the historic Bentley Blower
The company announced it would build 12 new versions of the historic 1929 vehicle.