Sunday, May 19, 2013
Bentley Manila Opens
The very first ever Bentley showroom in the Philippines was inaugurated last May 8, 2013 with a simple ceremony attended by VIPs and Media guests. This exclusive event was marked with the ceremonial ribbon cutting led by PGA Automobile Chairman Robert Coyiuto, Jr., together with UK Ambassador Stephen Lillie, and Bentley Regional Director for Asia-Pacific and Middle East, Geoff Dowding. In a keynote speech delivered by Robert Coyiuto Jr., he stated, “Today, PGA Automobile formally embarks on a new adventure – a partnership with Bentley Motors and I am proud to bring you one of Britain’s oldest motor companies, well known and admired as a manufacturer of exclusive automobiles, founded 94 years ago by Walter Owen Bentley.”
British Ambassador Stephen Lillie congratulated Bentley and local partner PGA Cars: “I am delighted that another exceptional British brand has arrived on Philippine shores. Bentley combines style with substance in providing luxury and performance. Motoring enthusiasts here will love its beautifully handcrafted designs, a rare mix of heritage and innovation. Bentley’s arrival in the Philippine market is a testament to the UK’s thriving automotive industry, which as a whole generates around US $ 45 billion each year and exports to over 100 markets.”
Geoff Dowding, leading the Bentley officials from U.K. ended the ceremony by officially proclaiming that “Bentley Manila is now officially open”. Other Bentley Officials who flew in to show their support for this momentous occasion were Dave Hayter, Operations Director, Middle East and Asia, Robin Peel, Head of Marketing and Communications, Asia-Pacific, Dave Jackson, Regional Sales Manager, Asia-Pacific, Alistair McCallum, Commercial Training Manager, and Derrick Fraesdorf, Franchise Development Manager.
Unveiled were the brand’s marque flagship the elegant Mulsanne, Continental GT, the Continental GT Speed – the fastest Production Bentley and the Continental GTC.
A legendary luxury brand in coach-built elegance, guests were then invited to see up close and marvel at the quality craftsmanship put into the production of each model and learn about their powerful engines. A true testament of its founder W.O. Bentley’s vision of “making a good car, a fast car and the best in its class”.
The new Bentley showroom is located on the 2nd floor of the PGA Building right in the heart of the Metropolis along EDSA. The Flying Spur – Bentley’s newest model due to release middle of this year, will also be offered.
A ‘world of choice’ is now at Bentley Manila.