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AddBentley opening new R&D center in Crewe

The world's fastest lorries. That's how Ettore Bugatti referred to cars from Bentley back in the day, employing the British term for trucks, long before the two became sister companies. Those immortal words will come true when Bentley launches its new SUV, which promises not only to be the most luxurious and prestigious but also the first to crack the 200-mile-per-hour mark. But it won't come without its share of investment.

7Bentley shifting W12 engine production to UK

Who would you think would be the largest producer of 12-cylinder engines in the world? Mercedes? BMW? Ferrari? Think again: as you might have guessed from the headline, it's Bentley. The thing is that, while all Bentley automobiles are manufactured in the UK, its engines aren't: while the 6.75-liter V8 in the Mulsanne is made at home, the innovative 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 engine in Continental models so equipped (like the newer 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8) is shipped in from Germany. But that won'

24Bentley readying four-door coupe for 2018

Bentley purists have probably been tearing their hair out since we got our first glimpse of the EXP 9 F SUV Concept. "A Bentley SUV? " you could almost hear them saying, incredulous to the idea that an automaker actually wants to make money. Now, word is that the British brand might be jumping on the four-door-coupe bandwagon. The car, which would slot in below the Continental GT, and act as the new base model, would compete with the BMW M6 Gran Coupe and Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG, according to Ca

35Bentley confirms SUV for 2016

It looks like the addition of a Royal Baby isn't the only big news coming out of the UK this week. Bentley has ended all of the will they/won't they speculation by confirming today that it will produce an SUV, and released a sketch of the luxo SUV as shown above. Earmarked to go on sale in 2016, the as-yet unnamed Bentley SUV will help create an extra 1,000 jobs in the UK.

95Bentley fires staff priest before Christmas

This sounds like a scene out of A Christmas Carol, but it appears to be real. The resident chaplain for Bentley at Crewe was removed from his post – just days before Christmas. Reverend Francis Cooke had visited Crewe once a week for the last decade, but was relieved of his duties when it was feared by management that his presence at the factory might offend a multi-faith workforce.

1Bentley 4ΒΌ-liter Embiricos special comes home

Contrary to appearances, all of the important classic cars in the world weren't on display at Pebble Beach this weekend. One of them, the 4¼-liter Bentley 'Embiricos' Special, has made a home at Bentley's Lineage Showroom inside its factory in Crewe.

6Bentley helps celebrate 175 years of Crewe

Certain locations are inexorably intertwined with the cars produced there - so much so that we use the city's name to refer to the automakers that call it home. Maranello is synonymous with Ferrari. Dearborn with Ford. Wolfsburg with Volkswagen. And Crewe with Bentley.

8Bentley crafts unique items for charity auction

Every year, Bentley takes part on a fresh crop of student interns, and every year it participates in a charity fundraising event for The Prince's Trust. For 2011, the Bentley Graduates are putting on an auction of items crafted in Bentley's own workshop, and there are more than a few items we would welcome into our homes with open arms.

162011 Bentley Continental GT price increased to nearly $190k

2011 Bentley Continental GT – Click above for high-res image gallery

34First Drive: 2011 Bentley Mulsanne is modern luxury with a strong sense of history

2011 Bentley Mulsanne – click above for high-res image gallery

362010 Bentley Mulsanne puts in some face time at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel

2010 Bentley Mulsanne at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel - click above image for hi-res gallery

6Spy Shots: New Grand Bentley test mule out in public

Time is ticking away until the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance where Bentley will be taking the wraps off its new flagship limousine, tentatively known as the Grand Bentley or by its internal code-name Project Kimberley. But while Crewe has released a pair of teaser shots to keep our mouths watering and some grainy camera-phone images leaked out of the factory, nothing could give us the impression of just how big this behemoth will be until these spy shots surfaced.

15Crewe warehouse opens doors to liquidate vintage Bentley and Rolls-Royce parts

Bentley spare parts warehouse in Crewe – Click above for high-res image gallery

3VIDEO: New Grand Bentley teasers don't reveal anything new

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8Bentley sells 10,014 cars during record 2007

Click image for a hi-res gallery of our Autoblog Garage Continental GTC

8Dream Job: Bentley launches online employment portal

Rather than spend your day looking up "gonnectigizoink" at Wikipedia, a better use of the internet might be to find a job. The problem is that it's just so hard to find anything that matches our niche skillset. Bentley is looking for more global candidates to fill their open positions, and has launched a website in hopes of snagging applicants. Currently, there's only opportunities if you want to locate yourself in Crewe, but there's 40-plus openings for everything from Logistics and IS to stude

2Bentley Continental GTC production begins

Bentley announced that it has started building the new Continental GTC at its Crewe facility this week. The GTC is the gorgeous and spectacular droptop version of the company's well-received Continental GT coupe. The open-air 2+2 is powered by a 552-horsepower twin-turbo W12 -- a powerplant up to the task of ruining the expertly-coiffed hairdos of the Conti's driver and passengers. It also features all-wheel-drive, an air suspension, and Bentley's typically exquisite attention to detail inside t

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