Bentley has announced that it is creating over 140 new jobs at its headquarters in Crewe, UK. Recruitment includes 90 skilled engineers and 51 new apprentices, the biggest single apprentice intake in ten years. The luxury marque was recently named as one of Britain’s Top Employers for the third year running.
The announcement follows on from Bentley’s record year in 2013, delivering 10,120 cars, the highest in the company’s 95-year history, and aim to reach 15,000 cars by 2018.
90 new engineers will work on an expanding model range, as part of a £800 million investment over three years on model and facility development. This will be in a number of engineering disciplines, including chassis, powertrain, electrical, body and trim and whole vehicle.
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40 of the new apprentices will be part of a new dedicated manufacturing scheme focused on strengthening core skills as Bentley builds up to the introduction of the Bentley SUV in 2016. It will be powered by a 12-cylinder engine with around 575 and 650 hp.
The recent Bentley Hybrid Concept previewed Crewe’s new plug-in hybrid system that will eventually power the SUV. Bentley has gone on record to say that 90% of production will be available with a plug-in hybrid option by the end of the decade.
Bentley Hybrid Concept from the 2014 Beijing International Auto Show