FRANKFURT -- Bentley will ask parent company Volkswagen AG in summer 2016 to greenlight a new roadster, says Bentley CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer.
Bentley showed the EXP 10 Speed 6 two-seater in March at the Geneva auto show and took it on a road tour to "all the major markets" for reactions, Duerheimer said last week at the auto show here.
"The answer was 'Don't ask us questions, do it. It is a no-brainer,' and we are intensively working on the business case," Duerheimer said. "We intend to hand it for approval in summertime."
Also "still on our list," Duerheimer said, is producing a car based on the Grand Convertible concept -- an open-top, two-door version of the Mulsanne flagship sedan.
"We have some important customers waiting for this car and it is very exciting. We are keen to do it," Duerheimer said, characterizing the progress as "engineering under full steam."
The Grand Convertible concept was shown in November at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Bentley unveiled its first crossover, the Bentayga, in Frankfurt. Duerheimer said Bentley has sold out of its $297,400 limited edition of 600 vehicles called the First Edition. Company executives estimated 100 of those were sold to U.S. customers.
Bentley also has sold out of its first-year production of 3,600 Bentaygas. The crossover has a U.S. base price of $229,100. The price does not include shipping, which Bentley has not set.