It might have been a tough gross sales 12 months in 2022 for many automakers, however some had been certainly spared from final 12 months’s gross sales wrath. One of these firms was Bentley, which reported report automobile gross sales in 2022.
In an announcement, the British luxurious producer mentioned it offered 15,174 automobiles all year long. That’s a 4 p.c enhance over 2021, which in itself was a giant 12 months for the corporate. The information comes regardless of a 9 p.c gross sales drop in China introduced on by Covid lockdowns in addition to worldwide provide chain points.
China apart, the automaker reported gross sales progress in each regional market (Europe: +11 p.c, Asia Pacific +23 p.c, United Kingdom +12 p.c, Middle East, Africa and India +6 p.c). Sales had been additionally up within the Americas, however solely very barely. Bentley says it noticed lower than one p.c progress in that market, and offered 4,221 automobiles there in 2022. That’s solely 9 extra automobiles than it offered in 2021. Despite this, it was nonetheless the automaker’s hottest market final 12 months.
The Bentayga led the way in which for sturdy gross sales in 2022. It was the sixth straight 12 months that the posh SUV was Bentley’s top-selling mannequin, and it accounted for 42 p.c of the automaker’s whole gross sales. Coming in second, the Continental GT and GT convertible ended up accounting for about 30 p.c of whole gross sales. Within that 30 p.c slice of the pie, the Continental GT Speed made up about 31 p.c of it. Rounding out the gross sales record for the corporate was the Flying Spur sedan, which accounted for 28 p.c of whole gross sales. Within that, the Flying Spur Hybrid made up 30 p.c of the sedan’s gross sales.
“The reaction to the market introduction of our hybrid models, Flying Spur joining Bentayga last year, demonstrate the path the luxury sector is heading, and we are positioned firmly at the forefront,” the automaker mentioned in an announcement. “These numbers are validation that we not only lead the sector in sales and market share, but also investment in electric technologies and commitment to being net carbon neutral in 2030.”
It’s an analogous story over at Bentley’s rival, Rolls Royce. The luxurious automaker additionally had a report 12 months in 2022, promoting nearly 6,000 automobiles whereas being led by its personal SUV, the Cullinan. While these two luxurious firms had been thriving, different – extra mainstream – automakers like Ford and Hyundai had been coping with gross sales points all all through 2022.