With oil prices seemingly on an endless slide and, on the flipside, an increasingly visible commitment from automakers to moving away from the black stuff, it is indeed a good time for motoring. Volkswagen’s unfortunate dishonesty aside, the news from carmakers worldwide has been uplifting and encouraging recently. Bentley, a Volkswagen-owned firm, has been having a particularly bright moment, what the delivery of the first Bentayga and now this announcement that it has racked up no less than 18 awards this year, in markets as diverse as USA, Russia and China, as well as its home market of the UK.

Four different models, spanning the full range of Bentley’s family, received plaudits across three continents in 2015. The most celebrated model? The Flying Spur of course, which claimed six prizes.

In the UK, for example, readers of the Daily Telegraph voted it the ‘Best Luxury Car’. Judges praised the Flying Spur for being “as enjoyable to drive as it is to be chauffeured in,” which is serious praise indeed; typically the fun factor of cars built for backseat lounging tends to drop dramatically once you get behind the wheel.

The world’s fastest road-going luxury sedan was also well received in Russia this year, with awards including Auto Goda’s ‘Car of the Year’ and Klaxon magazine’s  Golden Klaxon both emphasizing the Flying Spur’s unparalleled luxury and refinement.

Bentley’s pinnacle flagship Mulsanne Speed, meanwhile, was crowned ‘Best of the Best – Luxury Sedan’ by Robb Report. The world’s “fastest, ultra-luxury driving experience” was praised for its “superior performance and limitless customization possibilities”.

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Below is the full list of awards the Crewe-based firm has racked up in 2015.

AwardAwarding BodyWinnerRegion
Industrial Excellence Award – EuropeIndustrial Excellence for ManufacturingBentley Motors LtdUK
Best Luxury CarThe TelegraphFlying SpurUK
Best of the Best – Luxury SedanRobb ReportMulsanne SpeedUSA
Best of the Best – ConvertibleRobb ReportContinental GT Speed ConvertibleUSA
Luxury Car of the YearDigital TrendsContinental GT Speed ConvertibleUSA
Best Suite at Golden Key Awards – The St Regis Hotel IstanbulBoutique Design Trade Fair NYBentley Suite at The St Regis IstanbulUSA
Top rated SedanEdmunds Testing TeamFlying SpurUSA
Design Award for Concept Cars and PrototypesVilla d’Este Concorso d’EleganzaEXP 10 Speed 6Italy
Golden KlaxonKlaxon magazineFlying Spur V8Russia
Car of the YearAuto GodaFlying SpurRussia
German Design Award – TransportationGerman Design CouncilEXP 10 Speed 6Germany
Car of the YearLocal Car of the Year Committee KazakhstanFlying SpurKazakhstan
Most Beautiful AutomobileCar and DriverEXP 10 Speed 6China
China’s foremost luxury brands – Best of BestGa Fencu Men MagazineBentleyChina
Car of the YearAuto Industry ProfessionalsFlying Spur V8China
Car of the YearCar MagazineContinental GT3-RChina
Middle East Car of the Year – Large Luxury SedanMiddle East Car of the Year AwardsMulsanne SpeedMiddle East
Best Large Luxury SedanArab Wheels AwardsMulsanne SpeedMiddle East

Bentley Claims Record Number Of Awards In 2015 (1)-r50

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