Courtesy of Bentley. Crewe / Prague, 27 June 2012) Bentley strengthens its position in the Central European market by opening Bentley Prague, a new dealership located in the heart of the Czech capital. The modern showroom and state-of-the-art service centre are key new facilities to contribute to Bentley’s market growth.
Bentley Motors saw a strong increase in deliveries across Europe in 2011 and also reported a significant rise in the first quarter of 2012. In the Czech Republic, Bentley’s market share in the luxury segment reached a remarkable 23% in 2011. Responding to this growing demand, Bentley is enhancing its representation in this dynamic country in the heart of Europe with the opening of Bentley Prague.
Bentley Prague is located in the central Smichov quarter – a business district just 4 km from downtown Prague – on one of the major east-west links, allowing it to be easily accessed by customers. The 250 square metre dealership offers a suitably exclusive Bentley experience with highly professional sales staff as well as after-sales service and workshop facilities.
Guillaume Chabin, Regional Director Europe for Bentley Motors comments: “Bentley’s market share in the Czech Republic is among the highest in Europe. We believe there is strong potential in this market and are delighted to open this new dealership in such a key European location.”
At the grand opening of these new premises, held today, the all-new Bentley Continental GT and GTC V8 models also celebrate their debut in the Czech market. The advanced 4.0 litre twin-turbo V8 engine in both models combines impressive power with class-leading efficiency.
David Liska, General Manager at Bentley Prague says; “I look forward to welcoming customers and local Czech residents to our new state-of-the-art Prague dealership and offering them a first class Bentley experience.”
Notes to editors
1. Bentley Motors is the third largest R&D investor in the UK’s automotive sector and the 18th largest nationally. The company employs almost 4,000 people in Crewe which is home to all its operations including design, R&D, engineering and production. The combination of fine craftsmanship, using skills that have been handed down through generations, alongside engineering expertise and cutting-edge technology is unique to UK luxury vehicle manufacturers such as Bentley. It is also an example of high-value British manufacturing at its best. Bentley exports over £500m worth of goods every year to established markets like the US, as well as emerging markets such as China and South America.
2. Bentley’s global sales for Q1 in 2012 increased by 46.6% with 1,759 cars delivered to customers. This growth was led by the emergence of China as Bentley’s largest market in the first quarter with sales in the region up 84.9% (578 cars delivered). The Americas remain a key market for Bentley with sales up by 35.6% (468 cars delivered). In the Middle East sales recovered with an increase of 82.6% (168 cars delivered) and European sales also saw a 34.4% increase with 207 deliveries. Sales in the UK and Germany remain stable, with 233 cars and 62 cars delivered respectively.
3. Bentley has teamed up with Porsche Inter Auto CZ to establish the new dealership . The new partner is a subsidiary of the Salzburg-based Porsche Inter Auto (PIA).
4. Bentley Prague is located at Vrchlického 31/18, 150 00 Praha 5.