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Bentley, like many of its rivals, posted record sales results for 2013. The British marque managed to sell 10,120 units during the past year, which was up 19 percent on the 8,510 it sold in 2012 and finally enough to eclipse the previous record of 10,014 units sold in 2008, just prior to the financial crisis.
At the same time, Bentley also expanded the number of its dealerships worldwide. The global sales network in 2013 increased by 11 percent, to 193 showrooms.
Bentley’s number one market throughout 2013 was the Americas (no breakdown for individual countries is given), finishing the year with 3,140 units sold, a staggering increase of 28 percent on the 2,457 units sold in 2012.
Greater China was next with 2,191 units sold over the course of 2013, against the 2,253 units sold in 2012.
Even in economic-stricken Europe, Bentley experienced a rise in sales to 1,480 units, which was up 11 percent on the previous year. The strongest markets here were Germany and the U.K.
“2013 marks our fourth consecutive year of double-digit growth, establishing ourselves as the most sought after luxury car brand in the world,” Bentley boss Wolfgang Schreiber said in a statement. “We continue to win new customers and we are confident that 2014 will be another successful year for Bentley.”