Bentley began producing cars in 1919, after the end of World War I. Now, exactly 102 years later, Bentley has set a historical record. This week, Bentley’s 200,000th car was taken off the production line. This number may not matter in an industry where millions of cars are produced and sold each year, but for Bentley itself, it is a valuable historical signature.
Interestingly, 75% of this production volume has been done in the last 18 years of Bentley activity. Prior to 2003, the British automaker had produced only 44,000 car models! But from that year on, the story changed. Since then, the company has produced exactly 155,582 vehicles, which is an astonishing growth. But the 200,000th Bentley produced is a hybrid Bentley ordered by a Chinese customer.
Bentley cites 2003 as a historic turning point in its operations. The same year that the Continental GT was introduced, it became one of Bentley’s best-selling products. 80,000 of the 200,000 Bentley produced are made up of various Continental GT models.
But now it’s time for the popular Bentley Chassis. The car that is the best-selling Bentley product since its introduction. Bentley has sold 25,000 units of the car since its launch in 2015.
Bentley predicts that Bentley will be Bentley’s most successful product this decade. On the other hand, Flying Spore, Bentley luxury sedan and aristocracy, has sold nearly 40,000 units so far, which can be a significant number.
To celebrate the production of its 200,000th product, Bentley symbolically placed the EXP2 model, the oldest Bentley still in existence, next to the Bentley Hybrid. The differences between the two cars well illustrate the changes in the design and engineering of the automotive industry over the course of a century.
Changes that are accelerating day by day, and may even in the coming decade, the shape and appearance of cars will be much different from what we see today. From 2026, Bentley plans to offer only plug-in hybrid and electric models. While probably by 2030, the company’s product portfolio will be fully electric.