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Bentley's New SUV To Be Built On British Soil

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Earlier this week, British car builder, Bentley, announced the news that everyone has been waiting for – the hotly anticipated Bentley SUV will be built right here in the UK, much to the delight of the many loyal and patriotic fans of this historic car manufacturer.

Many were surprised when Bentley first announced that they would be launching a 4x4 style vehicle, as the brand has typically focussed on cornering the luxury motoring market, with a range of high-end executive vehicles.

The new SUV will be the first 4x4 ever to be built by Bentley and should be something to rival top-of-the range Land Rovers and Jeeps, which are a favourite with country drivers, looking for a luxury vehicle, capable of dealing with all weather conditions and terrains.

Set to be the most powerful car of its kind, Bentley's impressive new SUV is due to be built at a specially designed factory in the town of Crewe in North West England, where Bentley has had its headquarters since 1945. Naturally, many British motoring enthusiasts were uneasy about speculation that production of Bentley's 4x4 might be transferred to Bratislava in Slovakia, where other, similar luxury SUVs are manufactured.

The decision to keep the building of the new Bentley on home turf is great news for the British motoring industry. The news has been welcomed by many, including David Cameron, who sees the launch of this new addition to the Bentley range as a giant leap for the British motoring industry. Production of the car, at the Bentley factory in Crewe, will also create as many as 800,000 jobs in the UK – this is particularly good news for the North West of England, an industrial area which has been especially badly affected by the credit crunch. Indeed, the announcement that the car will be made right here on British soil has even been heralded as a sign of green shoots in the UK economy.

However, the latest addition to the Bentley family will not be an entirely British car. Since 1998, Bentley has been part of the Volkswagen group and the new SUV will have a number of components in common with top-of-the-range German-built 4x4s, including the luxurious Porsche Cayenne and the sporty Audi Q7. Fortunately, the decision to build the new Bentley super SUV up North, in Crewe, means that when the car is launched in 2016, it will be able to bear the proud "Made in Crewe, England" badge, which has been associated with Bentley since the end of the Second World War.

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