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Bentley’s Middle East sales rise 48% in H1

British manufacturer of luxury automobiles, Bentley has reported a 47.9% sales increase in the Middle East in the first half of 2012 to 346 cars, compared with the same period last year. Bentley saw sales rise in every region leading to a global increase of 32%, or 3,929 cars delivered to customers in the first half of the year. "Sales are being driven up by our flagship Mulsanne which is up 30% following strong interest in the US and China," said Wolfgang Duerheimer, Bentley's chief executive. "We are also pleased to see the continued growth of the new Continental GT W12, our pinnacle performance coupé," he said. Deliveries of the premium coupé, which is now available with both W12 and V8 engines, increased by 48.5%, Bentley said.