A silhouette sketch of the Aston Martin DBX, the brand’s first crossover, has been released to coincide with the start of construction at the car’s new Welsh factory.
Earlier this week, the British government formally handed over the keys to the former Ministry of Defence site in St Athan, Wales. The hangars at the facility will be converted into the company’s second production site.
Aston Martin says this week’s handover of the site begins phase two of the DBX’s journey to production. The car maker has had access to the location since 2016, when it began constructing offices, reception areas, and staff catering facilities.
Along with expansion at its current factory and headquarters in Gaydon, England, Aston Martin expects to add 1000 people to its payroll by 2020, including 750 jobs at the new Welsh factory. The luxury automaker believes that it will also create as many as 3000 supply chain jobs in Wales.
With elements taken from the 2015 concept of the same name, the new DBX takes a leaf out of Porsche’s play book as the sports car manufacturer hopes to ensure its long term future.
In 2016, Andy Palmer, Aston Martin’s CEO, told CarAdvice the DBX’s factory will able to churn out around 7000 cars per year, the same number as the company’s existing Gaydon plant.