Bentley posted a second consecutive year of record sales in 2021

The Bentley PHEV Mulliner is on display during the 19th Shanghai International Auto Show, also known as Auto Shanghai 2021, at the National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai) on April 23, 2021 in Shanghai, China.

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Bentley Motors sold a record number of luxury sedans and SUVs last year as much of the mainstream auto industry struggled with supply chain problems, the 102-year-old automaker said Thursday.

The Volkswagen-owned company reported sales of 14,659 vehicles last year, up 31% from the company’s previous sales record of 11,206 cars and SUVs in 2020.

Bentley attributed the sales success to new models, including hybrid cars, as well as the company’s “Beyond 100” business plan that includes converting the popular automaker to all-electric cars by 2030.

“2021 has been another year of unpredictability, although I am pleased to be able to confirm that we weathered significant headwinds, and delivered a spurt in our sales performance,” Bentley CEO Adrian Hallmark said in a statement. “This is our second record sales year in consecutive years and is a positive sign of our brand strength, operational excellence, strong global demand and confirmation of our strategic priorities.”

Sales in the Americas rose 39% and remained the top market for Bentley in 2021, while sales in China increased 40%. Sales also increased in other markets such as Europe, Asia Pacific (excluding China) and the Middle East.

Bentley sells some of the most expensive and rarest cars in the world. The Bentayga SUV starts at more than $180,000, while its exclusive “interior-style” models like the Mulliner Bacalar sell for $2 million.

Bentley’s record sales occurred while much of the global auto industry struggled with supply chain problems. Most notably, the persistent shortage of semiconductor chips.

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