Thank goodness for Bentley and Rolls-Royce for dispelling the New Year gloom with each German-owned but British-based company posting record sales in 2021.
Bentley Motors delivered 14,659 motor cars in 2021 which is a 31 per cent increase on its previous record breaking year in 2020. One in five of its Bentayga model sales were for its luxury Hybrid models. Bentley’s wider range allowed double-digit growth in all markets but the US remains top of the pops and notched up the highest ever sales figures from the Crewe production facility.
Meanwhile down at Goodwood Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in 2021 the company notched-up the highest annual sales figures in its 117-year history. Some 5,586 vehicles were delivered to customers around the world which was 49 per cent up on the previous year. Better still orders already extend into the third quarter of 2022. Excitement at the West Sussex home of Rolls-Royce is high with the announcement of its Spectre all-electric model due in 2023, while bespoke commissions have continued to offer the highest end craftsmanship to meet customer demand.
With production now at near maximum capacity at the plant and a two-shift pattern employed to fulfil orders CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös explained that Rolls-Royce is not about chasing sales figures. The marque, he said, would remain ultra-exclusive while catering for the unique desires of its customers.