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Bentley Centenary Celebration Captivates New York City

- Bentley enthusiasts gathered early Saturday morning to caravan into the city

- Thousands converged on Brookfield Place to enjoy Bentley vehicles from the early years through to 2035

- The celebration ended with a gala event at the Conrad Hotel in Lower Manhattan

NEW YORK, Oct. 20, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- New York City hosted one of the culminating events of Bentley Motors Centenary celebrations featuring events for everyone to enjoy. The festivities started at Citi Field, the major league baseball facility located in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, where Bentley owners gathered and then caravanned to Brookfield Place. Upon arrival at the open-air plaza in Lower Manhattan, owners offered a cost-free display of their prized vehicles. Finally, the day ended with a gala event at the Conrad Hotel.

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"Bentley owners and enthusiasts of the brand have been celebrating our Centenary for the past year at locations around the world," said Christophe Georges, President and CEO, Bentley Americas. "It is appropriate that Bentley came to New York City, one of the most important cities in the world, a truly international city, and home to many Bentley owners."

Thousands of New Yorkers and visitors to the city had a chance to see vehicles that are the epitome of performance and luxury. Nearly everyone was seeing the future of Bentley for the first time through the lens of the Bentley EXP100GT, the concept car developed for Bentley's Centenary. Walter Owen (W.O.) Bentley established the company on July 10, 1919, and the company celebrated 100 years later with the introduction of the concept car.

The EXP100GT was inspired by the company's deep understanding of the desires of its intelligent, forward-thinking customers and proposes a vehicle that could be available by 2035. It combines sustainable materials and future luxury mobility innovations. Beautifully styled, it embraces Artificial Intelligence (AI) as a means to reassert the car as a place for creating, experiencing, and capturing extraordinary human experiences and emotions. The EXP100GT was developed as a fully electric vehicle and showcases the best thinking in what a Grand Tourer could be in the future, allowing the driver to choose when to drive and when to enjoy autonomous mobility.

Guests also enjoyed Bentley's current vehicle models. The new Bentley Flying Spur, a four-door sedan that goes on sale in the US in the second quarter of 2020, was displayed and led the caravan from Citi Field. The new Continental GT and GT Convertible, on sale in the US since last month, were available for viewing, as were several Bentley Bentayga SUVs, the first luxury SUV ever.

Bentley owners and enthusiasts gathered at Citi Field to caravan into New York City. The group was led by a Bentley Flying Spur, the third generation of the luxury 4-door sedan, which goes on sale in 2020.


Weekend visitors wandering through Brookfield Place in Lower Manhattan were treated to a display of historic Bentley models, including the 1958 S1 Continental Fastback (left) and the 1955 Type R Continental Fastback (right).


Bentley Designer Brett Boydel, right, describes features of the Bentley concept car, the EXP100GT.


The Bentley EXP100GT mesmerized young and old, the concept car was on display at Brookfield Place in Lower Manhattan yesterday (Saturday, October 19, 2019).


The Bentley Flying Spur, which goes on sale during the second quarter of 2020, made its New York debut this weekend.




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