Bentley 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 the cabin.

Introduced in April at the New York International Auto Show, the first Continental GTCs will be delivered to UK customers at the end of this month. The GTC rounds out the Continental lineup, which already includes the Continental GT coupe and the Continental Flying Spur sedan.

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(Press release after the jump)

[Source: Bentley Motors]

Bentley commences production of the Continental GTC
Crewe, September 2006.... following on closely from the first deliveries to customers of its new Azure, Bentley Motors is pleased to announce that it has now commenced production of the Continental GTC – an unprecedented introduction of two all-new convertibles in a single year.

The GTC is the third member of Bentley's Continental family, and joins the Continental GT coupé and Continental Flying Spur four-door; in common with its siblings, the GTC will come from the state of the art production facilities in Crewe, Cheshire.

Customer deliveries of the GTC, which will commence in the UK this month, mark the conclusion of the launch phase for the Continental family. This phase required the support of a number of temporary production associates to provide manning flexibility, and these contracts will end in December 2006.

Bentley Motors also confirms that, from the end of the year, all Bentley models will once again be manufactured in Crewe. To accommodate customer demand during the launch phase, the final assembly of a small proportion of Continental Flying Spurs has been undertaken at the premier Volkswagen Group manufacturing facility in Dresden, Germany. This will come to an end as planned in December 2006,

"I would like to recognize the contribution of our colleagues in Dresden, and of our temporary associates in Crewe, over the last eighteen months," said Dr. Franz-Josef Paefgen, Chairman & Chief Executive. "At a time of such frenetic launch activity, they have allowed us to meet the considerable demand for all Bentley models without giving rise to excessive delays for our customers.

"2006 is the sixtieth anniversary of Bentley production at Crewe, and we are delighted to mark this occasion with what promises to the best year in the company's illustrious history, and also by reaffirming Crewe's place as the home of Bentley manufacturing."

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