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VW Investing Over $40b on EVs, Autonomous Vehicles

German automaker ups ante in increasingly costly tech battle.

by on Nov.17, 2017

The VW I.D. Crozz concept will become a production battery-electric SUV.

Volkswagen AG said Friday it will spend over 34 billion Euros, or $40 billion between now and 2022 on electrified powertrain technology, autonomous vehicles and other futuristic concepts, aiming to leapfrog key competitors like General Motors and Toyota.

VW already announced plans to offer electrified variants of every model sold by its dozen passenger car brands, including 50 all-electric models, between now and 2025. It also is developing electrified commercial vehicles.

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“We are laying the foundation for making Volkswagen the world’s number-one player in electric mobility by 2025,” Chief Executive Matthias Müller said. “The entire automotive industry is facing fundamental changes in the coming years, which will provide great opportunities, but also require us to put in tremendous efforts.”


Bentley Shuffling CEO and Senior Leadership

Durheimer replaced by Jaguar Land Rover's Hallmark.

by on Oct.20, 2017

Wolfgang Durheimer took over the helm at Bentley from former CEO Franz-Josef Paefgen.

Another company is playing musical executives, as Bentley CEO Wolfgang Durheimer is stepping down and being replaced by former Jaguar Land Rover executives Adrian Hallmark. The move is effective Feb. 1, 2018.

In addition to Hallmark’s hiring, the company announced that is board members for engineerings, sales and marketing, and human resources, will also resign effective Jan. 1, 2018.

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“I would like to thank Wolfgang Durheimer for his dedication to Bentley Motors and the Volkswagen Group,” Matthias Mueller, CEO of the VW Group, said in a statement. “He has had an outstanding career and has launched some of the most important cars the Group has ever created.” (more…)

Bentley Ready to Create Buzz with New Continental GT

Luxury grand tourer looks to set new standard.

by on Sep.04, 2017

Bentley is unveiling its third-generation Continental GT at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Luxury maker Bentley often describes its Continental GT as the heart of its line-up, if so, the updated 2018 version basically equates to a heart transplant.

The third-generation GT — it debuted in 2003 — will make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next week. The latest iteration expands on the grand touring model’s history of luxury, technology and performance.

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The new version still radiates “upper crust,” but with a sleeker design featuring a more aggressive look, the company is really pushing the GT’s performance characteristics with an exterior displaying sharper creases and smaller, almost jewel-like LED lights to make it look almost angry. (more…)

Bentley Ready to Plug In with Speed 6e Concept

British brand considering several options for fully electric luxury line-up.

by on Mar.07, 2017

The Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e Concept unveiled in Geneva shows the automaker's willingness to explore electric alternatives.

Just a concept for now, the Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e Concept signals the British maker’s readiness to explore various battery-electric alternatives.

Bentley is less than a year away from launching a plug-in hybrid version of its new Bentayga sport-utility vehicle, but Speed 6e explores the idea of going a big step beyond, with a fully electric take on its GTC convertible.

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While there are currently “no plans” to bring the Speed 6e to production, Bentley boss Wolfgang Durheimer tells that he is giving serious thought to the need to add some pure battery-electric vehicles, or BEVs, to the luxury brand’s line-up – if for no other reason than to meet increasingly strict global emissions and mileage mandates. (more…)

Bentley Unveils Fastest Bentley Ever

New Continental Supersports hits 209 mph.

by on Jan.08, 2017

The new Bentley Continental Supersports is now the fastest Bentley ever, topping out at 209 mph.

Bentley’s Continental is nearing the end of its current production run so apparently the folks over in Crewe, England, decided to send it out with a bang: the new Continental Supersports is the fastest Bentley ever.

Powered by a 6.0-liter 12-cylinder with twin turbochargers putting out 700 horsepower, the four seater hits a top speed of 209 mph, according to the maker. It handles the sprint from 0-to-60 mph in just 3.4 seconds.

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“Only Bentley could create a car which blends immense performance and unrivaled luxury in this way,” Bentley CEO Wolfgang Durheimer said in a statement. (more…)

Buy a Bentley and the Gas Station Can Come to You

Luxury ownership rises to a new level.

by on Oct.10, 2016

Bentley owners near San Francisco are part of a new pilot program that essentially brings the gas station to their car.

When you buy a car like a Bentley you expect your motoring life to somehow be, well, different. But how different is it when you’re standing in the rain filling up your gas tank, your new Bentley Arnage sitting alongside a rusted-out Chevy?

In an era when even econocars now offer upscale features like wood and leather trim, upscale manufacturers are looking for ways to differentiate their products. They talk about the luxury “experience,” and offer features like valet pickup-and-delivery when it comes time for service. But Bentley is taking the valet service experience to another level.


As part of a trial project in parts of California, Bentley owners won’t have to suffer the indignity of pumping their own petrol. Using a smartphone app, they’ll be able to schedule a fill-up at a convenient time and place. The pump, it seems, will come to them. (more…)

Bentley Debuts First Diesel with 2017 Bentayga

Better mileage – and it becomes the world’s fastest diesel SUV.

by on Sep.21, 2016

Though available for just a short time, Bentley is adding a new wrinkle to its Bentayga SUV: a diesel.

The Bentley Bentayga has barely had a chance to find its niche in the super-premium market, but the British automaker is already announcing a major update.

Bentley is about to roll out its first diesel engine and stuff it under the hood of the big SUV. It will not only boost Bentayga’s fuel economy but transform it into the world’s fastest diesel SUV, capable of launching from 0 to 100 kmh, or 62 miles an hour, in just 4.8 seconds.

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The launch of the triple-turbocharged Bentley Bentayga Diesel could be seen as especially significant considering that parent Volkswagen AG has been backing away from oil-burner technology in the wake of the ongoing legal problems over its rigging of diesel emissions tests. The Bentley diesel is an entirely new package, however, and the brand is not expected to be tainted by the scandal. (more…)

Bentley Adding More Models; Likely to Go Electric

"Five models in five years" could equal double the sales.

by on May.04, 2016

With its new SUV, the Bentayga, ready for dealer showrooms, Bentley revealed some of its future product plans, including its EV options.

With the new Bentayga SUV ready to hit showrooms, British maker Bentley is starting to plan its next product offensive, and that not only will bring updates of existing models like the Mulsanne and Continental GT, but as many as two new ultra-premium luxury models.

Facing ever-stricter global emissions and mileage standards – as well as pressure to add new zero-emissions models  – Bentley is also giving serious thought to adding a fully electric drivetrain package. That would be on top of the plug-in hybrid version of the Bentayga set to launch late in 2017 or early 2018, has learned.

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It wasn’t all that long ago that Bentley was the proverbial one-trick pony. But it has scored huge sales growth in recent years with the addition of the Continental line-up. And with plans to have “five model (lines) in five years,” said Michael Winkler, CEO of Bentley’s U.S. sales arm, the British marque expects to do substantially better. (more…)

Bentley Muscles up Continental GT Speed

New Black Edition joins GT family.

by on Apr.04, 2016

The updated Bentley Continental GT Speed shown in the new Black Edition.

The bar continues to rise when it comes to the luxury performance market, and Bentley is determined to keep making the hurdle as it demonstrates with a new version of the Continental GT Speed.

The fastest production Bentley ever, capable of nipping 206 mph, gets not only more power but additional features, an updated interior – and a new Black Edition for those with a big enough checkbook.

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“We have developed the GT Speed Black Edition to meet demand from customers for a model in the Continental line that offers both increased sporting capabilities and instantly recognizable styling cues,” says Paul Jones, Product Line Director for Continental GT. “The Black Edition has a subtle but purposeful look that is backed up by exceptional performance.”


Bentley Upgrades Mulsanne Portfolio

Luxury maker adds Speed, Extended Wheelbase to offerings.

by on Mar.01, 2016

Bentley unveiled a more modern look for its Mulsanne line-up as well as two new models: the Speed and Extended Wheelbase.

Luxury gets redefined yet again at the Geneva Motor Show as Bentley debuts its new Mulsanne range of vehicles with options for everyone … well … everyone with enough money to buy a new Bentley anyway.

Built by hand at the company’s facility in Crewe, England, the luxury brand rolls out the two new versions of its flagship: the Mulsanne Speed and the Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase, which seems clearly focused on the Chinese market and its still-growing luxury market.

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With the two new options, the company now offers three iterations at the top of its line-up. (more…)