Behold Bentley's 200,000th luxury car.
After the 80,000th customized Continental GT rolled off the production line in January, Bentley is celebrating another major manufacturing milestone. Since the company was founded over 100 years ago in 1919, the British luxury automaker has just built its 200,000th luxury vehicle. Made for a Chinese customer, Bentley's 200,000th car is a blue Bentayga Hybrid, which was joined by the oldest surviving Bentley, an EXP 2, at the company's factory in Crewe, UK.
Bentley's 200,000th car is just the latest at Crewe. In total 155,582 cars have been assembled there since 2003 - the same year the Continental GT launched, marking the start of a successful new era for the luxury automaker.
To give you an idea of how far Bentley has come in the last 18 years, the company only built 44,418 luxury cars from 1919 to 2002, 38,933 of which were built in Crewe. Now, Bentley builds 85 cars a day. Twenty years ago it would take the British automaker a month to build the same number.
"This production of the 200,000th car is just the latest landmark on the extraordinary journey that Bentley has been traveling since its foundation in 1919," said Bentley's Chairman and Chief Executive, Adrian Hallmark.
"In 2003 the introduction of the Continental GT represented a transformative moment for the brand, and this Bentley alone, has represented 80,000 sales of our total 200,000, and created both a new segment, and a contemporary image foundation for the Bentley business."
Bentley's product onslaught continued this week with the reveal of the new Continental Speed. With its 6.0-liter-turbocharged W12 engine generating 650 hp, the Continental Speed is the most capable Bentley yet. After this major manufacturing milestone, Bentley is about to embark on a new electric era. By 2026, Bentley will only build plug-in hybrid or battery-electric cars before switching its entire model range to battery-electric by 2030.