Bentley announces 120g/km CO2 by 2012
Bentley has surprised the industry by announcing that its future model will comply with the future 2012 EU regulation, 120g/km CO2 emission.
Zagato unveils the Bentley GTZ
Italian coachbuilder Zagato will unveil its latest creation, the Bentley GTZ, at Geneva this week.
Chinese car luxury market boom
Bentley has sold 338 cars in China and Hong Kong last year, a 93 percent increase over 2006 while Rolls Royce sold 106 vehicles on the Chinese market.
Future Bentleys might be powered by diesel
Volkswagen is seriously considering fitting diesel engines in future Bentley models as marketing director Adrian Hallmark revealed in an interview with AutoTelegraaf.
VW Group to develop four new platforms
In an interview given to Automotive News Europe, VW brand board member for development, Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg revealed that Volkswagen group will release four new platforms in the coming years in order to achieve the 2018 target. With those new platforms, the German carmaker expects to reduce its cost by 40% thanks to components shared between the platforms and development times by one year.
The most important platform will be the MQB which will underpin up to 6 million vehicles every year. The platform will be flexible enough to equip a large range of vehicles from small cars to upper-premium models. According to some insiders, the MQB platform will be used as in many as 20 different models.
Sales record for Bentley
There was a time when Bentley could barely sell its cars. Then, almost ten years ago, Volkswagen bought Bentley. Since then and the launch of the Continental GT, the British carmaker has broken its sales records every year. 2007 promises to be the best year yet. Indeed, Bentley sold 5,600 cars in the first semester or 2007, 18.8% more than the previous year over the same period. But the most impressive is the March sales figures. Bentley sold 1,200 cars in one month. With an entry-level starting at £117,500, it is hard to imagine.