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Bentley Motors hand crafts the finest luxury performance cars in the world. Over 4,000 employees at our global headquarters and factory in Crewe create our four model lines; the Continental, Flying Spur, Bentayga and Mulsanne. From the first sketch of a new model, through engineering and development, to the moment a car leaves the production line, every step is undertaken with pride, passion and consummate skill. Our unique processes combine traditional crafts handed down from generation to generation in areas such as wood and leather with the very latest technologies. This approach enables us to create cars that remain true to Bentley’s heritage, whilst defining the very epitome of luxury and performance in the modern era.

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Our history

Bentley celebrates its centenary year in 2019. The company was founded by Walter Owen Bentley in a mews behind Baker Street in London, where the first 3.0-litre engine was fired into life in 1919. Known as W.O.Bentley, the founder’s intention was always ‘To build a fast car, a good car, the best in its class.’ This adage was proven many times, with the famous ‘Bentley Boys’ taking the company to victory five times in the world’s greatest endurance race, the Le Mans 24 Hours, between 1924 and 1930. In the modern era, Bentley added a sixth Le Mans 24 Hours win with a one-two finish in 2003. Today, the Continental GT3 successfully represents Bentley on the world’s racetracks.

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Made in Crewe

Crewe has been the home of Bentley since 1946, and we are an integral part of the local and broader community. A new four-storey, 7,200 square metre Research and Development Centre, which is home to more than 400 engineers, was opened by HRH The Princess Royal in 2016. In 2018, we completed the installation of the UK’s largest ever solar panel car port system. Over 30,000 solar panels now provide up to 40% of on-site electricity requirements.

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An extraordinary team

Bentley continues to attract the best talent from all over the globe. The company, which in 2019 was named one of Britain’s Top Employers for the eight consecutive year, benefits enormously from the considerable resources of the Volkswagen Group, which with more than 600,000 employees is one of the largest employers in the word. We have a long track record of training future talent, running apprenticeship schemes for over 40 years. In 2018, 83 apprentices, undergraduates, graduates started with us.

Within the Volkswagen Group, Bentley forms part of the Sport Luxury Brand Group alongside Bugatti and Porsche. Bentley is also the world centre of excellence for wood and leather as well as the production of the iconic W12 engine, which is also used by other Volkswagen Group partners.

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Future development

Bentley has recently published a development framework, a document that sets out our long-term vision for the future growth of Bentley in Crewe. Drawn up by Bentley in consultation with Cheshire East Council, it represents what our factory could look like in the future, based on successfully achieving all of our business objectives over the coming years.

This is just the latest step in almost a century of Bentley’s drive for innovation. It is also further proof of our belief that investing in our facilities and our people will enable us to continue to build extraordinary luxury cars for our customers. To improve efficiency between now and 2020, Bentley intends to utilise a range of technologies: engine revisions, improved transmission systems, drivetrain alterations and enhanced vehicle characteristics will all be exploited to deliver a significant improvement in vehicle efficiency.

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