Luxury carmaker Bentley set for record sales in 2014

Bentley insignia The firm's new Flying Spur models drove up sales in China by 61%

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Luxury carmaker Bentley has said it is on course for record sales in 2014 after a 23% increase in deliveries in the first half of the year.

Bentley delivered 5,254 cars in the first six months of 2014, up from 4,279 cars in the first half of 2013.

The firm's new Flying Spur drove up sales by 61% in China, which saw more than a fifth of Bentley's deliveries.

Bentley's sales echoed rival Rolls-Royce, which saw a 33% boost in sales in the half year to June.

"There is no question that some markets will remain tough, but we are confident of a good 2014," said Bentley board member for sales Kevin Rose.

The Americas region, which includes North and South America and the Caribbean, remained as Bentley's largest market, with 1,388 cars delivered. China followed, then Europe and the Middle East.

A Flying Spur typically sells for around £150,000, while a GT V8 sells for about £130,000.

Bentley is a subsidiary of Volkswagen, which also owns the Porshe and Audi brands.

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