Ford Premier Automotive Group luxury sports car brand Aston Martin has appointed a dealer in South Africa.

The franchise has been awarded to the Daytona Group led by managing director Justin Divaris, and will trade as Aston Martin S and ton.

The Daytona Group has various automotive interests including Hyde Park BMW, Daytona Luxury Cars and is currently developing South Africa 's largest dealership which will open in November 2005.

Situated in S and ton Isle, just outside Johannesburg , at the Group's new retail development, the new dealership will occupy 1,000 square metres of the 7,000 square metre facility and will retail new and used cars alongside service and parts facilities.

Divaris said: "As sports and classic car enthusiasts we recognise the importance of the rich heritage and passion associated with the Aston Martin marque and are delighted with our appointment by Aston Martin in this previously unrepresented market.

Aston Martin currently has 115 dealers worldwide and will increase this to 125 by the end of the year.

The first South African deliveries will be made in the last quarter of 2005.