Bentley has ramped up production of the updated Bentayga at its Crewe plant ahead of deliveries, which will begin soon in Europe.
The start of production comes after the automaker implemented a number of new health and safety measures in light of the current coronavirus crisis. The new measures allow the company to return to 100% production, down from 50% since the plant reopened in May.
Certain areas of the plant had to be redesigned to adapt to the new measures.
A controlled and safe working environment with a forced social distancing of more than one meter will be implemented in some areas, in accordance with the most recent government guidelines, while other parts of the factory will maintain a strict social distancing of two meters. Mandatory masks will be dewormed by all staff throughout the plant. On the Bentayga production line, more than 100 people work at 43 different stages.
“The new Bentayga is a celebration of all we can do at Crewe and a testament to the skill, passion and dedication of all of our colleagues who produce cars unmatched in any other automotive plant in the world,” said Peter Bosch , member of the manufacturing board at Bentley. “Providing a car that defines the industry and meets our own standards and expectations, as well as those of our customers, is a significant achievement, especially at this early stage of production.
The revised production procedure allows Bentley to be more streamlined in its process as well, with improved ergonomics, safer processes and reduced running and waiting times through repositioning and movement of parts among the advantages of the new process.