Bentley to halt production for up to seven weeks

Bentley announced today that due to “continued low demand” it will be halting production at its U.S. factories for several weeks in the spring. According to U.S. spokesman David Reuter, production of the Continental will stop for seven weeks while the Arnage range will stop for six weeks.

“The decision to reduce production volumes has been taken because our latest figures from (late) 2008 demonstrate continued low demand and forecasts suggest this will also be the case in early 2009,” Reuter told InsideLine.

The shutdown for Bentley factories will begin in March and will last until April. Reuter said that Bentley will continue to invest in new product development. We saw an example of that last night when Bentley released a teaser of its biofuel Continental that will be unveiled at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show.

Source: InsideLine