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Dave Leggett | 27 Jun 2016

Aston Martin made a pre-tax loss of GBP127.9m in 2015. It was the fifth consecutive year of losses for the luxury sports car maker that says it is in transition as it begins to renew its model range.


Dave Leggett | 8 Jun 2016

Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer says the extension of the brand's portfolio to add a luxury crossover will transform the company’s business model following the replacement of its ageing sports car range.


Dave Leggett | 11 Mar 2016

Aston Martin has announced the formation of Aston Martin Consulting (AMC), a new initiative to provide companies with the opportunity to engage with Aston Martin’s expertise centred on design, engineering and manufacturing.


Dave Leggett | 24 Feb 2016

Aston Martin has chosen to invest in Wales (part of the UK) for its second manufacturing plant which will produce a crossover based on the ‘DBX’. The company has been evaluating possible sites around the world and there had been speculation that it would choose a site in the US.


Dave Leggett | 18 Feb 2016

China-based tech company LeEco and Aston Martin have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the creation of a partnership that will develop a production version of the Aston Martin RapidE electric vehicle concept by 2018. 


Graeme Roberts | 3 Dec 2015

Jaguar Land Rover reportedly is negotiating to buy the historic home of British motorsport - the Silverstone racing circuit in Northamptonshire.


Graeme Roberts | 11 Nov 2015

Aston Martin plans to reach a decision before Christmas on the location of a new factory that will manufacture its new crossover.


Graeme Roberts | 14 Oct 2015

Aston Martin has narrowed down options for a new plant location, its CEO has said.


Simon Warburton | 1 Sep 2015

Key Safety Systems (KSS), says it has started production in a new carbon fibre trim factory at Valle Hermoso, Mexico.


Dave Leggett | 12 Aug 2015

Aston Martin has announced the opening of a new warehouse and logistics hub in the UK. Created to support the future expansion of the business, the new facility is located at Wellesbourne, close to the company's headquarters in Gaydon, Warwickshire.


Dave Leggett | 10 Jun 2015

Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer has told an industry conference that the company is targeting a growing class of luxury consumers in emerging markets and that he believes it can reinvent itself as a sustainable luxury brand.


Simon Warburton | 29 May 2015

Harman says it has completed its acquisition of Bang & Olufsen's automotive audio business.


Chris Wright | 28 May 2015

London is to return to the motor show circuit next year with an open air event in Battersea Park, next to the River Thames, run by a privately owned events organisation.


Dave Leggett | 22 May 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles UK has agreed a new official car partnership with The Football League in the UK (where it serves as the second competitive tier and club organisation after the Premier League).


Dave Leggett | 1 May 2015

Aston Martin has said that it has secured GBP200m of additional funding from its major shareholders for a product expansion.


Glenn Brooks | 25 Feb 2015

As well as officially launching the Vulcan, a mid-engined track-only supercar, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer will lay out the firm's future strategy at next week's Geneva motor show.


Graeme Roberts | 19 Feb 2015

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said UK exports of cars to China increased five-fold in 2014 compared with 2009, driven by premium brands.


Dave Leggett | 28 Jan 2015

Aston Martin has the backing of a major shareholder for a revamp of its model line-up, according to media reports.


Dave Leggett | 14 Jan 2015

Aston Martin has announced that Michael Mingshan Peng is its new China market chief.


Graeme Roberts | 6 Jan 2015

Global automotive executives are prioritising near term market issues, such as optimising engines and entering emerging markets, over investing in self driving cars and other innovations, according to KPMG’s global automotive executive survey 2015.


Graeme Roberts | 22 Dec 2014

Aston Martin Lagonda has recalled 7,256 vehicles in the US due to a seat heater issue, ConsumerAffairs reported.


Simon Warburton | 6 Oct 2014

Faurecia says it is seeking ways to slash the price of carbon fibre as it looks to the increasing use of composite materials and natural products to offer lightweight solutions for mass market models.

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No, it's not a preview of a new supercar, but it ought to be. I've just discovered the website of a budding car designer and his Aston, Ferrari and Cadillac renderings are worth a look.


Glenn Brooks | 8 Aug 2013

I know what you're thinking. But it's not just-auto's news ed who's the NZer in question. The website which reports on this clever chap's project to make a DB4 replica reckons it will cost him the equivalent of about US$1,800.

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