Owned by Germany’s Volkswagen Group since 1988, Bentley was founded in the UK in 1919. Worldwide sales increased 5% to 11,000 units in 2019, but the luxury carmaker has struggled to be profitable in recent years. Despite having completed a turnaround plan in 2019, the company is reported to have been severely impacted by lower sales due to the coronavirus pandemic. According to the UK Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT), Bentley delivered 20,000 new cars in the UK in May, down 89% year-on-year and representing the worst May performance since 1952.

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