The winged 'B' takes flight
Bentley Manila, as planned, officially started its business operation as it opened its first Bentley showroom in the Philippines last week. The 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.
“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.” Stated Robert Coyiuto Jr.
Bentley Manila unveiled several of the marque’s popular models like the Mulsanne, Continental GT, Continental GT Speed and the Continental GTC.
“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.” Said British Ambassador Stephen Lillie
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.
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.