LONDON — Bentley began the yr with fifty p.c much more orders than the begin of 2020 and created much more luxury cars and trucks in January than the yr right before as China boosted need, Adrian Hallmark, the automaker’s CEO, informed Reuters.

The Volkswagen-owned brand reported it had not faced key disruption from Britain’s exit from the European Union nor from a scarcity of semiconductor chips, which has compelled some automakers to halt or minimize generation.

Based mostly in Crewe, northern England, the marque made a modest profit in 2020, when its factory was compelled to shut as Britain entered its initial national lockdown, and hopes to create on that this yr.

“The get lender at the commencing of this yr was fifty p.c better than it was at the commencing of previous yr,” Hallmark reported in an job interview.

“China, by far, is the most remarkable functionality in the planet in regard of amount of orders when compared with normal expectations,” the CEO reported.

The automaker marketed 11,206 cars and trucks in 2020.