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2Report: Bentley experimented with diesels, but poor salability means they won't be built

The words "diesel" and "Bentley" have flirted for some years now, but it never gets beyond that initial stage. Bentley isn't against oil burners, but its customers in the U.S. and Japan aren't ready to connect the two, and that makes the issue a non-starter. Not only that, but Bentley CEO Franz-Josef Paefgen has reportedly said that, "the attitude of Chinese buyers is going to have a big effect on cars like ours in future, too, and they are none too keen [about diesels]."

9Report: Bentley experimented with diesels, but poor salability means they won't be built

The words "diesel" and "Bentley" have flirted for some years now, but it never gets beyond that initial stage. Bentley isn't against oil burners, but its customers in the U.S. and Japan aren't ready to connect the two, and that makes the issue a non-starter. Not only that, but Bentley CEO Franz-Josef Paefgen has reportedly said that, "the attitude of Chinese buyers is going to have a big effect on cars like ours in future, too, and they are none too keen [about diesels]."

2Bentleys to lose weight, possibly add diesel and PHEV to flex-fuel

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5Bentley boss gets over-ruled, diesel possible

It looks like Bentley chief Franz-Josef Paefgen is being over-ruled when it comes to what kinds of powertrains will appear in his cars in the future. Specifically, Volkswagen is firmly committed to diesel engines while Paefgen has said that they are inappropriate for Bentley automobiles. VW Group CEO Martin Winterkorn told Auto Motor und Sport that the company will respond to changing markets and he could imagine a diesel Bentley. The engine for the British luxury brand is likely to be a new twi

3Rendered Speculation: 2010 Bentley Arnage going Continental? Nope

The next Bentley Arnage is due in 2010, and thank heavens it won't be a biggie-sized clone of the Continental Flying Spur. That means we don't expect it to look so much like the rendering above, which is 75-percent Flying Spur with a GT tail. A bit long-in-the-tooth by modern replacement standards, the Arnage still sells about 600 - 800 units per year, which is not far behind the much newer Rolls-Royce Phantom.

1No Bentley diesels coming ... for now

While the seemingly bottomless pit of torque available from a big turbodiesel engine would seem to be more in character for a Bentley than a hybrid system, it looks like the latter might be the first option for the VW-owned British brand. The relative lack of diesel interest in Bentley's biggest market, the U.S., might be too blame. According to AutoTelegraaf, Bentley is reluctant to spend the money to develop a new diesel engine right now. However, given that most Bentley's are powered by a tur

AddBentley considering hybrids and diesels for next year's models

Until today, the only time we've used the "Bentley" tag here on AutoblogGreen it was in a story on the Top Ten worst polluting vehicles. Now, we might be using it more often, because the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) is reporting that the British luxury automaker announced in Geneva that it is considering both hybrid and diesel powertrains for future models. Bentley will decide later this year.

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