Aston Martin By Edward Jones July 23, 2018 Shares Facebook LinkedIn Tweet Google+ Pin StumbleUpon Reddit Email Aston Martin’s plans for creating the new Lagonda SUV in 2019 look to be on track. The English automaker announced that the third and final stage of preparation for their assembly plant in St. Athan, South Wales is underway.Related Cars For SaleAll Aston Martins for SaleDB9DBSOne-77RapideVanquishVulcan(Lagonda Vision Concept pictured above)The new assembly plant was converted out of three hangars that were used as a former Ministry of Defence site. This new facility will create 750 jobs to the area, 150 of which have already been filled as part of the preparation processes. It’s at this location that Aston Martin’s first SUV, the Lagonda, will be created in late 2019.Aston Martin’s new car assembly plant at St Athan, in South Wales.“We are delighted at the progress being made at the St Athan … [Read more...] about Aston Martin’s New Plant Ready for SUV in 2019
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Aston Martin is hard at work on the Valkyrie hypercar, its most ambitious project to date. The British marque will reportedly start testing prototypes of the car later next month before production kicks off in early 2019. While, Aston is putting the final touches on the Valkyrie, work is also underway on another hypercar dubbed Project 003 or the ‘Baby Valkyrie’ as some call it. Details are scarce but we have gathered more information about it from a thread on McLarenlife forum. Aside from being nicknamed the ‘baby Valkyrie’, the project is internally known as the AM-RB 003. The number signifies that it’s the third collaborative project between Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing, after the Valkyrie and a mid-engined supercar that is expected to rival the Ferrari 488 and McLaren 720S. As one would expect, Adrian Newey is also involved in the development. We suspected that the car will be a hybrid since Andy Palmer, Aston’s CEO intended the car to rival … [Read more...] about New Details Emerge on Aston Martin’s Project 003 ‘Baby Valkyrie’
If CEO Andy Palmer has his way, Aston Martin’s sports cars will always be available with a manual transmission—but right now none of its cars come with a third pedal. The good news is that Aston Martin looks to be in the process of rectifying the issue. Engineers are out testing a Vantage mule believed to be equipped with a manual transmission. The process is taking a little while as the Mercedes-AMG 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 powering the latest Vantage was never originally designed for a manual. It means the task of developing and testing a manual for the mighty powerplant has fallen on the shoulders of Aston Martin. While the manual will likely end up the slower option on the latest Vantage, it should be much more fun than the car's current eight-speed automatic. Autocar speculates that the manual-equipped Vantage will arrive in 2019 and feature seven forward gears. It's possible the unit will be the seven-speed manual with “dogleg” configuration that … [Read more...] about Aston Martin testing manual-equipped Vantage?
Aston Martin has announced the completion of the second phase of its new car assembly plant at St Athan, in South Wales. The carmaker’s board of directors recently held their first meeting in St Athan to mark the completion of building work at the facility, which involves the conversion of three super hangars at the former Ministry of Defence site into a car factory. They were briefed on the progress of the project, in which production of the company’s first SUV is due to begin in late 2019. The fit-out of the super hangars, the third and final phase of the construction project, has already begun. When completed, the plant will employ 750 people. Of that, 150 have already been recruited as part of the pre-production preparations. St Athan will join Aston Martin’s Gaydon headquarters and Newport Pagnell site as the company’s production centres. “We are delighted at the progress being made at the St Athan site. The team have done a fantastic job in … [Read more...] about Aston Martin completes phase two of St Athan plant, which will build brand’s first SUV in late 2019
In the present day of car-making, the road to profitability often comes in the form of three words – Sport Utility Vehicle. At least for super luxury marques that is, whose brand ethos revolve heavily around making emotive, high-performance sports cars. The trend, first sparked by the Porsche Cayenne, has necessitated the creation of the Bentley Bentayga and Lamborghini Urus, with sales of the latter doing unexpectedly well for the brand. Rolls-Royce too wants in on the action, and it won’t be long until we see its first ever SUV, the Cullinan. Lest you forget, Ferrari too, is “dead serious” about its high-riding venture. Aston Martin has long revealed its interest in making SUVs, having first previewed the DBX concept at the 2015 Geneva motor show. The latest headwind sees the company applying trademark for the name “Varekai”, and considering its plans to roll out the production model in 2019, the timing surely isn’t coincidental, right? If … [Read more...] about Aston Martin’s ultra-luxury SUV to be called Varekai?
Press ReleaseThe last original Aston Martin DBS to come off the production line has been found in a barn in Surrey and will be auctioned by international auctioneers COYS in London on March 10th. The car was discovered by Chris Routledge, the Managing Partner of the auction house, and is one of the features of COYS ’Spring Classics’ auction at the Royal Horticultural Society. Aston Martin Mayfair is hosting the barn find car for a week before the event takes place. Chris Routledge said: "This is the ultimate barn find and an important part of Aston Martin’s history. It has been sitting in a barn since 1980 and now needs to be brought back to its former glory." He added: "The windows are broken, the interior trim is missing and its rusty, but it’s all there and there has been huge interest from collectors around the world. "We have estimated the car at £25,000 to £40,000 in its present condition but because of its heritage it could go for an awful lot … [Read more...] about Barn-Found Aston Martin DBS Headed To Auction @ Top Speed
Today’s Aston Martin seeks to cultivate a crisp, modern, James Bond in a very trim suit image. There was a time when things over there were more double-breasted, when they succeeded in building the most powerful (and possibly most moronic) car in the world. This story originally ran on Nov. 7, 2014 and is being featured again for the Jalopnik Christmas Evergreen Bonanza. In 1987, Ford bought a 75-percent stake in Aston Martin. In 1994, Ford bought it outright, and in 1999 rolled it into their doomed Premium Auto Group. Or Premium Something Group. I can’t even be bothered to look up its exact name, but it was a loose confederacy of Lincoln, Volvo, Jaguar, Land Rover, maybe Mercury, and Aston Martin. The keen-eyed among you will note that it does not make sense to have the same company running both Jaguar and Aston Martin. They compete with each other for the ‘dumb Americans who want to look fancy’ market that so strongly defines the modern British auto … [Read more...] about When Aston Martin Built The Most Powerful (And Stupid) Car In The World
A new generation of racing is coming from Aston Martin Racing with the announcement of a new GT3 and GT4 Vantage, that will be available to customer teams as of 2019. The new fleet of cars will be based on Aston Martin’s new Vantage, racing in GTE Pro and Am at this weekend’s FIA World Endurance Championship 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. Aston Martin had a brilliant send off to their previous version of the Vantage in WEC, claiming class victory in the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans with a breath-taking wheel-to-wheel battle in the closing stages. The outgoing V12 Vantage GT3 and V8 Vantage GT4 represent some of AMR’s most successful years of racing. Customer GT3 and GT4 teams have competed in many championships across the world, claiming championships and wins in British GT, Blancpain GT Endurance Series, Blancpain GT Asian Series and North European GT4. The 12-year heritage that they represent is hoped to progress into the new cars, with more victories … [Read more...] about Aston Martin Reveal New Vantage GT3/GT4
Better than a Porsche 911? We think so. The all-new Aston Martin Vantage is likely the most important car the British company has ever built. It’s also as far removed from the car that it replaces as could be possible, sharing only its door handles.The Vantage is Aston’s true sports car for the ‘masses’. Well, those highly fortunate masses that can afford a roughly $300,000+ sports car. Like its predecessor, it competes with the likes of the Porsche 911, Audi R8 and Mercedes-AMG GT S. It carries forward its front mid-mounted engine, rear-wheel-drive set-up, and is finally offered with a proper automatic (manual on its way). It also utilises one of the best engines in the business, the AMG-sourced twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8. It’s unusual for us to send two journalists to a car launch, especially one as exclusive as an Aston Martin event in Portugal, but reviewing the new Vantage is a special experience for both authors here. It’s a car that in its … [Read more...] about 2018 Aston Martin Vantage review
Tweet TweetThe Olympia Building at Aston Martin Works will from now on be the location of the British car maker’s Heritage Showroom. It is here that anyone interested will be able to browse historic Aston Martin models, up to the DB7. “The completion of the Olympia Building marks the end of the redevelopment and it provides a beautiful and fitting home for our Heritage sales department.”, said Aston Martin Works managing director Kingsley Riding-Felce. Besides the obvious Aston vehicles, the showroom will also be decorated with assorted memorabilia, for a full experience. This is a nice way to grab a old Aston Martin from a trustworthy source and bypassing auction houses. So next time you are in the area, be sure give the Heritage Showroom a visit. … [Read more...] about Aston Martin announced the Heritage Showroom is open