Volkswagen-owned Bentley Motors is creating over 140 new jobs at its headquarters in Crewe, England. Recruitment includes 90 skilled engineers and 51 new apprentices, the biggest single apprentice intake in 10 years.

The announcement follows a record year in 2013, when 10,120 cars were sold, the highest in the company's 95-year history. The target is 15,000 by 2018.

All 90 new engineers will work on an expanding model range, as part of a GBP800m (US$1.35bn) spemd over three years on model and facility development. This will be in a number of engineering disciplines, including chassis, powertrain, electrical, body and trim and whole vehicle.

Of the 51 new apprentices, 40 will be part of a new dedicated manufacturing scheme as Bentley builds up to the introduction of an SUV in 2016.