Bentley Centenary

Stephan Bischof

Bentley Centenary

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‘It’s difficult to convey a car that’s 16 years ahead of its time, so we relied on emotion to help guests feel Bentley’s futuristic vision.’

Stephan Bischof, Creative Director, UNIT9
Bentley Centenary
Bentley Centenary
Bentley Centenary
Bentley Centenary

The background

Bentley wanted to celebrate its 100th birthday by reflecting on a century of luxury excellence and looking ahead to the future. So we created a multisensory installation that let people preview the EXP 100 GT, the inspirational concept car that represents Bentley’s futuristic vision of driving.

Bentley Centenary
Bentley Centenary
Bentley Centenary
Bentley Centenary
Bentley Centenary
Bentley Centenary
Bentley Centenary
Bentley Centenary

The execution

We built “The Future of Extraordinary Journeys,” an installation in Bentley’s flagship Crewe showroom that let people preview the concept car’s exciting and innovative features, including electrification and autonomous driving.

While the installation centered around the concept car, we didn’t want it to feel like a typical automotive event. Instead of a traditional car launch, we created an exhibition that took visitors on a journey, highlighting Bentley’s history of excellence and introducing its futuristic vision of luxury grand touring. It’s not easy to explain a car or technological capabilities that won’t exist until 2035, so we leaned on the emotions and memories that are tied to traveling by car to translate the vision.

‘Bentley stands for craft and craftsmanship so UNIT9, with their own exceptionally high standards, were the perfect partner for this project, which lets us communicate Bentley’s extraordinary journey into the future to people all over the world.’

Louise Burns, Bentley Motors, Head of Strategic Marketing Projects
Bentley Centenary
Bentley Centenary
Bentley Centenary
Bentley Centenary
Bentley Centenary

The results

After experiencing the EXP 100 GT, not only did people get a better understanding of Bentley’s 2035 concept car, but they also formed a deep emotional connection to the brand. In the end, we helped Bentley hint at what the future of driving could be like and usher in a new era of excellence, honoring the hard work of the last 100 years while looking ahead to the next 100.

Bentley Centenary
Bentley Centenary
Bentley Centenary

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