The very first production Bentley Bentayga has left the assembly line in Crewe.
Four years on from the initial concept stage, Bentley's first SUV will now enter full production, with customers deliveries starting in January 2016. The first production Bentayga, finished in an Anthracite colour was handcrafted across 130 hours, and is set to join Bentley's Heritage Collection. During the assembly process, the car passed through a new bodystore, a new paint shop and a new assembly line, all part of a 'substantial investment' by Bentley.
Prime Minister David Cameron, commented: "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.
Wolfgang Durheimer, Chairman and Chief Executive of Bentley Motors, said: "Bentley Bentayga will be the benchmark against which all other SUVs 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".
The Bentayga represents an £800 million investment into the Crewe factory backed by £9.5 million from the Regional Growth Fund, creating hundreds of jobs for the area and secured the future of production onsite.
Michael Straughan, Bentley's Member of the Board for Manufacturing, addressed the company's 4,000-strong workforce as the car was driven from the final production stage. He said: "This is a proud moment for the entire company. It's been four years in the making and is a celebration of a sector-defining British handcrafted car."
Prices for the Bentley Bentayga are expected to start around the £160,000 mark.