Rumors: Bentley’s Crewe, England Plant Shutdown Could Mean EXP 9F Pre-Production Preparation

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We automotive industry folk like to read between the lines to dig up stories and sometimes we’re right, but a lot of the time we’re off the mark. One between-the-lines story is surrounding the much debated Bentley EXP 9F and its relation to the extra week that the Crewe, England plant will be shut down this summer.

Automotive plant shutdowns are no huge ordeal, as they have become pretty much commonplace in the modern automotive world. These shutdowns are designed to help reduce costs during low-production times, which are normally toward the end of the summer. The Bentley plant in Crewe, England typically closes its doors in August for two weeks to allow workers to rest and to help keep costs down, but this year that time frame has been extended to three weeks.

That would normally be chalked up as additional cutbacks, but the reasons given for the extra time off included enabling a number of facility changes in preparation for future productivity increases. Well, Bentley is not one to put out a new model each and every year and their productivity level does not change each year, so the only reason productivity would increase would be the addition of a new model. Add in the fact that the only new model that we know of in development is the EXP 9F, and you can see why we think that this extra shutdown is to get ready for the production phase of this love-it-or-hate-it SUV.

As we said earlier, we could be completely incorrect, but that slip of the tongue by Bentley is pretty telling. This is especially telling when dealing with a company that only sells fewer than 10,000 cars per year.

We’ll keep you updated with any new information or rumors that may pop up around the possible release of the EXP 9F as more news becomes available.


Source: Motor Authority

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  (28) posted on 09.28.2012

Rumors can be true. We still don’t know yet. Let just wait till they really confirm it.

  (100) posted on 09.27.2012

It’s a really devastating news for those people England who really loves Bentley Crewe.

  (116) posted on 09.26.2012

Ericsolberg: I think it’s true. I know, but let just accept the fact that they need to shutdown.

  (105) posted on 09.24.2012

What ?! I hope it’s not really true. It’s still a rumor right ?!?

  (780) posted on 09.20.2012

As long as they could cover all the expenses when they prepare for the release of EXP 9F.

  (831) posted on 08.2.2012

It’s not really that bad shutting down the England Plant. There are purpose of it’s shut down and I think that many people will have advantages to that.

  (347) posted on 08.1.2012

Too bad they will end up closing. They said when something closes or ends, there will be also a beginning. I hope that the Bentley will open other branches across Europe.

  (296) posted on 07.29.2012

Oh Bentley is shutting down its plant on England? Does it mean that it will open new plantation in Italy?

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