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Bentley COO: Americans Are Willing to 'Reward Themselves' Again

Monday, 14 Jan 2013 | 11:00 AM ET
Bentley to Introduce Ultra-Luxury Model
CNBC's Phil LeBeau talks with Christophe Georges, Bentley Motors president and COO, about the global demand for luxury cars.

Bentley is unveiling a new convertible on Monday at the Detroit Auto Show, where the company's president and COO Christophe Georges said in a "First on CNBC" interview that "people are willing again to reward themselves."

"We are emerging quite strong in America," he said on "Squawk Box." Bentley's U.S. sales increased 23 percent last year.

(Read More: Detroit Auto Show Special Report)

Bentley Motors hopes its new Continental GT Speed will inspire sales this year. The two-door, British speedster has a hard top and goes zero to 60 miles an hour in 4.1 seconds. Deliveries are set to begin in June.

Georges told CNBC that his business is about confidence. "It's always about the economy going a little bit better — recovering at a slow pace but still recovering. And people are willing again to reward themselves."

(Read More: BMW Shows Off Concept 4 Series Coupe)

(Read More: Ford on 'Front-End' of Worldwide Profit Growth: CEO)

—By CNBC's Phil LeBeau; Follow him on Twitter @LeBeauCarNews

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  • Phil LeBeau is a CNBC auto and airline industry reporter based in the Chicago bureau and editor of the Behind the Wheel section on CNBC.com.

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