The first production Bentley Bentayga has rolled off the assembly line at the company’s headquarters in Crewe.
Following an £800 million investment and the creation of 1,500 UK jobs, the Bentayga was finally ready to begin production. Customers should expect deliveries in January 2016.
Chairman and chief executive of Bentley Motors Wolfgang Durheimer said: “Bentley Bentayga will be the benchmark against which all other SUV’s are measured, defining a new segment – the luxury SUV.
“This car is a celebration of UK manufacturing at its very best, not only reinforcing our commitment to industry in this country, job creation and significant investment, but to our home in Crewe. This is an important moment in our history, where we reflect and celebrate, but also look ahead to delivering this extraordinary car to our customers.”
The car in question passed through a new paint shop and body store that form part of an all-new assembly line. It was handcrafted over 130 hours and finished in Anthracite paint.
Prime Minister David Cameron said: “I am delighted that the first Bentley Bentayga has rolled off the production line in Crewe. It marks the culmination of a period of exceptional hard work by Bentley and its dedicated workforce as they brought this remarkable new vehicle to market.
“The Bentayga represents an ambitious £800 million investment into the Crewe factory backed by £9.5 million from the Regional Growth Fund. It has created hundreds of valuable skilled jobs for the area and secured the future of production onsite.”