Bentley Motors Limited is a British luxury automaker, and a wholly owned auxiliary of the German company Volkswagen AG (1998). Its principal activity is the design, engineering, manufacture distribution of luxury automobiles sold under the Bentley marque. Based in Crewe, England (United Kingdom), Bentley Motors Limited was founded by W. O. Bentley on January 18st 1919 in Cricklewood near London and was acquired by Rolls-Royce Motors in 1931.
Bentley Motors is that the direct successor of Rolls-Royce Motors, that Volkswagen AG conductor purchased in 1998. The purchase included the vehicle designs, model nameplates, production and organizational facilities, the Spirit of Ecstasy and Rolls-Royce motors grille shape trademarks, however not the rights to the employment of the Rolls-Royce name or logo, which are owned by Rolls-Royce Motors Holdings plc and were later licensed to BMW AG.
Bentley vehicles are sold via franchised dealers international, and as of Nov 2012, China was the largest individual marketplace for Bentley automobiles. Mainly Bentley cars are assembled at the group’s plant in Crewe, with a little number of Continental Flying Spurs assembled at the Transparent industry in Dresden, Germany. Automobile bodies for the Continental model lineup are produced in Zwickau, Germany. Bentley cars are mainly hand-built.
Bentley cars won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1924, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930 and 2003. The present Bentley production models are the Continental GT, Continental Flying Spur and Mulsanne. Notable past Bentley production models include the Bentley 4½ Litre, Bentley Speed 6, Bentley Turbo R and Bentley Arnage.
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