Are the German's forcing Bentley to move to Slovakia?
Bentley has suggested that it may build its new luxury off-roader in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia.
The model has yet to be named, although rumors suggest Falcon is a possibility has already received orders of over 2000 Bentley loyalists. Bentley have historically built all its vehicles in its 4,000 strong manufacturing facility in Crewe, England. All models are famously built with the plaque: ‘Made in Crewe’. The company has amusingly insisted that if the plans do go ahead, the plaque would be instead altered to ‘Designed in Crewe’. Industry experts and Bentley loyalists, who include Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II are said to be furious with the plans and have said the company’s founder W.O.
Bentley will be turning in his grave. Industry experts believe that it is Volkswagen, who currently own Bentley who are responsible for the possible planed move. The German manufacturer, Volkswagen who are the third largest of such in the world bought Bentley in 1998 from Vickers PLC.
The controversial decision will be announced at the start of April. Volkswagen has said that the cheap labor rates that exist in Slovakia, in addition to the uncertainty about Britain’s future in the European Union and the poor exchange rates between the Euro and the Pound are the central factors in consideration. However they have insisted that factors such as, the craftsmanship and the loyalty of the British workforce, in addition to the transporting costs between Britain and Slovakia are also being taken into consideration.
If plans go ahead the new Bentley will be made alongside the Porsche Cayenne
If the plans do go ahead, the new model will be built alongside the successful Porsche Cayenne, Audi Q7 and Volkswagen Touareg. Bentley is a very successful marquee of Volkswagen. Its current operating profits are £86 million and turnover is £1.2 billion. The company current export up to 87.3% of models. It's largest markets are in the United States, China, the Middle East, as well as Russia and Europe.