Bentley Motors has confirmed that it will proceed with the development of the Bentley SUV. The SUV will be made in Crewe and will go on sale in 2016. The new model will create over 1,000 jobs in the UK and Bentley will invest £800 million in its headquaters at Crewe and the development of new models. UK Prime Minister David Cameron was present when the annoucement was made at Bentley headquarters and said: 'This £800 million investment and a thousand new jobs from Bentley is fantastic news for both Crewe and for the UK as a whole. It is another important milestone in strengthening our economy.
“One sector that we know is sprinting ahead in the global race is our booming automotive industry. One vehicle rolls off a production line somewhere in the UK every 20 seconds and we have just launched the Government’s Automotive Industrial Strategy to help continue this success for years to come. I am delighted that Bentley will be building their new vehicle here, not only creating a thousand jobs, but safeguarding many more, as well as increasing training opportunities for highly skilled apprentices.' Dr Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Volkswagen said: “The Volkswagen Group believes in the UK as a competitive location for industrial production. Bentley fans all around the world are looking forward to the brand’s first SUV. Together we will make this new Bentley another true Bentley – powerful, exclusive and successful." Bentley’s Chairman and Chief Executive, Dr Wolfgang Schreiber, added: “This is excellent news for Bentley and for the UK. Bentley is increasingly successful and this new fourth model line will leverage the success of the global SUV market. The support of everyone involved with the Company has been fundamental to this decision, which will ensure sustainable growth for the company.” The SUV will boast the well known Bentley brand of luxury, performance, quality and craftsmanship. Its styling will set it apart from any other SUV on the road but will still stay true to the classic Bentley chic you've come to rely upon. It will be the most luxurious and powerful SUV on the market, with many customers already excited about the project.