Bentley Motors ‘ new Continental GT coupe has won both the Car of the Show and Luxury Car Awards at the British International Motor Show in Birmingham.

The awards, given by the Institute of Vehicle Engineers, are the first design prizes for the new car.

Twenty-eight senior automotive design and manufacturing engineers
inspected over 100 cars on display at Birmingham and concluded,
universally, that the Continental, shown first at Paris last month, should receive the top prize, in addition to its victory in the luxury car category.

The new Bentley impressed the judges for “…the way it has re-invented the Bentley marque in a forward-looking way…” They also said that its exterior style gives the car real presence and the interior treatment used traditional high quality material in an attractive and modern idiom.

Chairman of the judges David Burnicle said: “This is the first year in which we have judged vehicles regardless of price and the judges specifically pointed out that the Bentley Continental GT represents excellent value for money when you consider that other cars in the luxury sector can cost twice as much or more.”

The luxury four-seater is the first new model to debut since Volkswagen took control of Bentley and goes on sale in the UK a year from now.