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Bentley considers assembling new outside the UK

Bentley s current are made in Crewe

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Bentley may assemble its next new in Bratislava, Slovakia, chief Wolfgang Schreiber has said.

It be the first time a new Bentley would not be made in its factory at

The car, a sports utility that has yet to be named, is central to s plan to almost double by 2018.

Last year, sales 22% to 8,510 cars, with profits rising to 100.5m from 8m euros in 2011.

s German parent company, Group, is expected to give the light for the model within Mr Schreiber said.

The SUV, has been completely redesigned it was shown as a concept at the 2012 motor show, would hit the road in 2015 or 2016.

it should clock up sales of 3,000 or 4,000 cars per about a quarter of the total of cars Bentley expects to by 2018, Mr Schreiber predicted.

Balancing interests

Mr Schreiber any suggestion that VW Group s is putting pressure on Bentley

Mr s suggestion that Volkswagen s plant in Bratislava might get the new is based on its proven ability to SUV models for other marques the group, such as the Audi s Q7 and the Touareg.

Such a decision be based on an extensive cost-benefit that would need to members of VW Group s board of

We will do what is right for the and for Bentley, Mr Schreiber said. It s not finally decided.

There are no on production capacity at Crewe, as was the in 2005 and 2006 when Bentley Flying Spur were made in Dresden, to satisfy booming demand.

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this is where Bentley s own of management would prefer to the SUV.

Of course, we ll do everything to get the car to Crewe, Bentley s chief finance Jan-Henrik Lafrantz.

The 4,000 who currently build Bentleys are eager to make sure get the model, as it could result in jobs being created.

We that our people at Crewe are motivated to get the model to Crewe, and we as a support that, not just they are motivated but also they are highly skilled, Mr Schreiber.

But there is the chance the whole car will be built in and that we will deliver to Bratislava.

If the components — the leather, the the dashboard — are made in then whether or not it is assembled else, it will still and feel and smell like a

Such indecision might be as a sign of disagreement within Group about the best way

But Mr Schreiber rejected an assertion he was under pressure from the VW board to have the SUV made in

When asked, he responded: s a clear no.

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