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Bentley announces record sales in Middle East

Car sales in 2012 up 44 percent on previous year, 815 Bentleys sold last year

Bentley announces record sales in Middle East
The Bentley Motors Ltd. logo is displayed during an event for the opening of the companys showroom in Beijing, China, on Saturday, April 21, 2012. Bentley, the Volkswagen AG super-luxury brand, said China became its biggest market during the first quarter after sales in the country surpassed deliveries in the U.S. for the first time. (Bloomberg)

High-end car manufacturer Bentley has reported record sales for the Middle East in 2012, recording a 44 percent rise on 2011’s figures.

The company sold 815 cars last year, with the new Bentley Continental GT V8 making up 20 percent of the sales. The Continental GT and GTC W12 remained the most popular models, accounting for 27 percent of sales.

Chris Buxton, Bentley’s regional director in the Middle East, said: “This has been a remarkable year for Bentley in the Middle East, with showrooms opening in Abu Dhabi, Qatar and Saudi Arabia testament to our rapid expansion in the region.

“We also opened the world’s biggest Bentley workshop in Dubai, which is able to service 140 Bentleys simultaneously. We are now looking forward to 2013 and the introduction of exciting new products to the Middle East market.”

Bentley Middle East has dealerships in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Lebanon, Kuwait and Bahrain.

Deliveries were up in every international region for Bentley, which increased its global sales network by ten percent, and finished 2012 with a sales growth of 22 percent, equating to 8,510 cars delivered.

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