Bentley Opens Car Dealership in Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine — Bentley, an ultra-luxury British car brand owned by Germany's Volkswagen AG, on Thursday opened a dealership in Ukraine, its first such venture in the former Soviet republic.

Vipkar, a Kiev-based car dealer that received dealership rights from Bentley earlier this year, opened the showroom in the Ukrainian capital's plush Arena shopping mall.

2005 Bentley Continental Flying Spur

The most prominent model exhibited at the opening was a 2005 Bentley Continental Flying Spur with a $187,000 price tag.

"During the opening day we sold two cars, ... and we already delivered six others ordered before the opening," said Geoff Dowding, Bentley's regional director for Europe. He refused to identify the customers.

Dowding said the company has already developed a considerable market in neighboring Russia -- its dealership in Moscow sold 70 cars last year -- and that Bentley's sales in Ukraine should also perform strongly.

Source: LA Times