BENTLEY REVS UP AS CHINESE MARKET GROWS

VOLKSWAGEN’S extravagant Bentley brand has jumped back to pre-recession levels of demand after it saw a 37 per cent rise in sales for 2011, strengthened by booming sales in China. The US is still Bentley’s number one market, with sales up by over a third to 2,021 cars – an increase of 32 per cent. China took second place for the first time ever after sales virtually doubled to 1,839, smashing the previous year’s record. The luxury carmaker, based at Crewe in Cheshire, sold 1,059 cars in December, in Bentley’s best single month of sales since the recession.

Phoebe Torrance