UPDATE 1-VW's Bentley sees new SUV spurring sales surge to 2020

miércoles 7 de enero de 2015 09:33 GYT

* Deliveries up 9 pct to 11,020 in 2014

* Sees deliveries reaching 20,000 a year by 2020

* New SUV to be unveiled this year, deliveries from 2016 (Recasts, adds CEO comments)

By Sarah Young and Andreas Cremer

LONDON/BERLIN, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Bentley Motors expects its first sport-utility vehicle (SUV) to help almost double sales by 2020, the British luxury carmaker said on Wednesday, after reporting record deliveries last year.

Volkswagen-owned Bentley expects to increase sales to 20,000 a year by the end of the decade, a spokesman said, after previously targeting 15,000 deliveries by 2018.

"We think the success of the SUV will lift us into a new dimension," Chief Executive Wolfgang Duerheimer said at a press conference in London, adding the vehicle would be unveiled this year, potentially at the Geneva auto show in March.

Over 4,000 potential customers have already expressed an interest in the SUV without having seen it, Bentley has said, leading sales chief Kevin Rose to say a forecast of selling 3,000 SUVs a year could be conservative.

First deliveries of the new car will be made next year.   Continuación...