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Bentley market remains buoyant
Bentley. Picture: Michael Wilson/The West Australian

While many are being forced to tighten belts in this era of uncertainty, Bentley is one company that has enjoyed significant growth in 2012, with global sales up 25 per cent in the first three quarters of the year.

The high-end luxury car maker had delivered 5969 cars to customers at the end of September 2012, up from 4759 during the same time last year.

Sales have continued to grow in every region and the US maintaining its position as Bentley's largest global market with deliveries up 29 per cent on 2011 with 1750 cars delivered to customers.

In China deliveries were up 26 per cent with 1525 cars sold.

In Australia, 49 have been sold with seven of those going to homes in WA. Interestingly, last year the national and State sales figures were both the same as the 2012 figures.

Bentley sales and marketing spokesman Kevin Rose said the 25 per cent year-on-year increase maintained the company's objective of double-digit growth in 2012.

"We are continuing to see significant expansion in all of our global regions and remain the market leader among our direct competitors," he said.

"Sales have been driven by new model introductions, including the Continental GT and GTC V8, which are now arriving with customers.

"In addition, we have seen a very robust performance from our four-door vehicles, with Mulsanne deliveries up by over 15 per cent and Flying Spur sales up by 5 per cent."

With the new GT Speed set to enter the market this month, Bentley expects a strong finish to 2012 that will build on 2011's success.

In Australia, the V8 Continental Coupe is the entry level into the iconic English brand with a price tag of $370,000 plus on-road costs, with prices going up to $662,857 for the 6.8-litre V8 Mulsanne four-door ultra-luxury Bentley saloon.