Bentley bucks the trend with record 2020 sales

Jan 6, 2021

Bentley Motors achieved its best sales ever during 2020, despite a production shutdown and global lockdowns.

Although its pre-COVID sales forecast was much greater, the luxury British marque still managed to sell 11,206 cars – an increase of 2% over 2019.

Bentley’s production was shut down for seven weeks beginning in March, and running at 50% output for a further nine weeks thereafter, as social distancing measures were introduced.

A resulting comprehensive redesign of the production facility enabled Bentley to meet this global demand, led by China, the Americas and Asia Pacific regions.

The Bentley Continental GT (24%) and GT Convertible (15%) together accounted for 39% of total sales. However, the Bentayga SUV was still the biggest-selling single model, accounting for 37% of total sales.

“Even though we anticipated greater sales before the pandemic struck, when you consider the level of restrictions around the world for the majority of the year, to achieve a record sales performance is a strong measure of our potential,” said Adrian Hallmark, Chairman and CEO of Bentley Motors.

Market2020 (sales)2019 (sales)2020 (% of total sales)
Americas3,035 (+4%)2,91327%
China2,880 (+48%)1,94026%
Europe2,193 (-18%)2,67020%
Asia Pacific1,203 (+6%)1,13911%
United Kingdom1,160 (-22%)1,49210%
Middle East735 (-14%)8526%
Total11,206 (+2%)11,006100%

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