Aston Martin

Aston Martin was founded in England in 1913 by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford before producing its first car in 1915. The company name was born of Martin’s surname and the Aston Clinton Hillclimb where he raced. From 1994, Aston Martin was owned by the Ford Motor Company, before the British marque was purchased by a joint venture company in 2007. With a history steeped in motorsport and ties to the James Bond franchise, the brand has maintained an air of exclusivity that continues today.
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Daimler has no plans to take over Aston Martin, rules out Smart SUV

Daimler, parent company of Mercedes-Benz, has no plans to increase its stake in British sports car maker Aston Martin. Dieter Zetsche, Daimler's chairman, spoke to Autocar at the recent Paris motor show and is quoted as saying that "there are no plans to increase our stake [in Aston Martin] or take over"...

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Aston Martin Lagonda interior, final production body revealed
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Aston Martin Lagonda interior, final production body revealed

The final production form of the Middle East-only Aston Martin Lagonda sedan has been uncovered by the British sports car specialist. With previews being provided by Aston Martin and its partners during the development process, no-one should be too surprised about the look of the 21st century Lagonda...


Aston Martin Vanquish Carbon Edition unveiled
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Aston Martin Vanquish Carbon Edition unveiled

The Aston Martin Vanquish Carbon is gearing up for sale as the British brand seeks to further revitalise its GT lineup with the introduction of an eight-speed automatic transmission back in August. The Carbon edition, which has previously been applied to Vantage, DB9 and DBS will now take hold of the British brand’s latest GT, offering black and white Vanquish models with an array of special features...


Aston Martin Virage Shooting Brake Zagato revealed
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Aston Martin Virage Shooting Brake Zagato revealed

The wraps are off the Aston Martin Virage Shooting Brake Zagato – the third and final one-off creation by the Italian coachbuilder to celebrate the British car maker’s centenary. Commissioned by a European client, the Virage Shooting Brake follows 2013’s DB9 Spider Zagato Centennial and DBS Coupe Zagato Centennial models that were made for Aston Martin and Zagato enthusiasts in the US and Japan...


Aston Martin Lagonda goes testing in Oman
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Aston Martin Lagonda goes testing in Oman

The Aston Martin Lagonda has kicked off its hot-weather testing program in the Omani desert. The British luxury sports car maker released a fresh batch of images of its ultra-exclusive new saloon undergoing testing in the Middle Eastern sun, giving us our best look yet at its exterior design and a sneak peek inside its cabin...


Nissan declined purchasing Aston Martin stake in 2012, 2013 - report
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Nissan declined purchasing Aston Martin stake in 2012, 2013 - report

Sources from within Nissan have said that the former chief planning officer, Andy Palmer, advocated purchasing a stake in Aston Martin. Three anonymous Nissan insiders have told Reuters that in 2012 and 2013 Palmer proposed this idea to Carlos Ghosn, CEO of both Renault and Nissan CEO. One source told the newswire, "We looked carefully at the proposal but we passed on it"...


Andy Palmer leaves Nissan to become Aston Martin CEO
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Andy Palmer leaves Nissan to become Aston Martin CEO

Aston Martin has appointed Andy Palmer, Nissan's chief planning officer, as its new CEO, although his starting date has yet to be worked out. British-born Palmer will assume his position at the head of Aston Martin after a handover period to his successor at Nissan, Phillipe Klein, who will move over from a similar role with Nissan's alliance partner, Renault...


Aston Martin Lagonda : Fresh images reveal front and rear of exclusive luxury sedan
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Aston Martin Lagonda : Fresh images reveal front and rear of exclusive luxury sedan

Fresh images of an Aston Martin Lagonda prototype have revealed the front and rear styling of the exclusive new luxury sedan. The black prototype was produced at Aston Martin’s Gaydon headquarters in the UK and was transported by Oman Air to Muscat for hot-weather testing as part of its early engineering program...


Aston Martin debating name of DB9 successor - report
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Aston Martin debating name of DB9 successor - report

Aston Martin is yet to decide what it will call the successor to the DB9 when it is released in 2016. Aston Martin design director Marek Reichman told Autocar the name of the next-generation sports car was the subject of hot debate among the company’s executives. “It’ll definitely be a DB, but what number will follow that is yet to be decided,” Reichman revealed...


2015 Aston Martin Vanquish, Rapide S gain eight-speed auto
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2015 Aston Martin Vanquish, Rapide S gain eight-speed auto

Both the Aston Martin Vanquish and Rapide S have been updated for the 2015 model year with a new eight-speed transmission, as well as a smidge more power and torque. Dubbed Touchtronic III by Aston Martin's marketing department, the ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox will be fitted as standard on all MY2015 Aston Martin Vanquish and Rapide S models...


Daimler increases stake in Aston Martin, expands component sharing - report
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Daimler increases stake in Aston Martin, expands component sharing - report

Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler will increase its stake in Aston Martin and supply the British sports car maker with electric and electronic parts in a deepening of the partnership formed last year. Bloomberg reports Daimler will receive another one per cent stake in the business, increasing its share of Aston Martin to five per cent...


Aston Martin Lagonda luxury sedan revealed
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Aston Martin Lagonda luxury sedan revealed

The new Aston Martin Lagonda sedan will be made available to select buyers in the Middle East by invitation only in 2015. Just a few days ago we brought you news of the luxury brand's intent to put aside its long-standing plans for a Lagonda SUV model. Now Aston Martin has revealed images and details of its exclusive new sedan model bearing the same name...


Aston Martin cans Lagonda SUV plans; targets large, luxury four-door - report
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Aston Martin cans Lagonda SUV plans; targets large, luxury four-door - report

Aston Martin’s 21st century Lagonda won’t be an SUV, according to the man charged with the task of creating the new luxury model. Aston Martin design director Marek Reichman told PistonHeads the long-rumoured Lagonda SUV – a pet project of former CEO Ulrich Bez that was previewed in concept form in 2009 – was no longer part of the brand’s future plans...


Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster : British brand's fastest ever drop-top revealed
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Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster : British brand's fastest ever drop-top revealed

The Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster will become the brand's fastest, and fastest-accelerating, series production roadster to date when it launches globally later this year. Powered by the same naturally aspirated V12 engine found in the V12 Vantage S Coupe revealed last year, Aston Martin claims the V12 Vantage S Roadster will also be its most powerful convertible...


Aston Martin DP-100: A virtual supercar concept for Gran Turismo
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Aston Martin DP-100: A virtual supercar concept for Gran Turismo

The Aston Martin DP-100 Vision Gran Turismo is the latest in a string of concept cars to be created specifically for the popular PlayStation title Gran Turismo. Although there's a full-size model on display at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, it's far from drivable...


Aston Martin race cars to feature solar power
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Aston Martin race cars to feature solar power

Aston Martin Racing has partnered with Chinese clean energy company Hanergy to install solar panels on the British brand's track vehicles. Installed on the roof, the solar panels won't power the car or recharge a hybrid drivetrain's battery. Instead, like the solar cells available on the Toyota Prius, they'll provide power to cool the car's cabin...


Aston Martin Vanquish Volante Lifestyle Review
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Aston Martin Vanquish Volante Lifestyle Review

Tony Crawford and Tegan Lawson take a drive in the exclusive Aston Martin Vanquish Volante.


Aston Martin sports cars, SUV to borrow new Mercedes-Benz platforms: report
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Aston Martin sports cars, SUV to borrow new Mercedes-Benz platforms: report

An all-new Mercedes-Benz platform destined for the next-generation SLK and SL will underpin future Aston Martin sports cars, while the British brand's first SUV will share its basic structure with the next GL-Class, according to the latest rumours out of the US...


Mercedes-Benz considering Aston Martin takeover: rumours
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Mercedes-Benz considering Aston Martin takeover: rumours

Rumours are swirling that Mercedes-Benz is considering purchasing Aston Martin. When asked by reporters, Daimler chairman and head of Mercedes-Benz Cars Dr Dieter Zetsche would not rule out the possibility of the German auto giant buying out the iconic British sports car brand, of which it acquired a five per cent stake last year...


Aston Martin V8 Vantage N430, DB9 Carbon Black and White special editions revealed
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Aston Martin V8 Vantage N430, DB9 Carbon Black and White special editions revealed

The Aston Martin V8 Vantage N430 and DB9 Carbon Black and Carbon White special editions will draw on the brand’s motorsport and design pedigrees when they debut at next month’s Geneva motor show. Aston Martin product development director Ian Minards says the V8 Vantage N430 is designed to bring “track-honed excitement to the road in an accessible, emotionally engaging, and authentically ‘analogue’ way”...


Aston Martin recall : counterfeit Chinese part used in three in four cars built since 2007
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Aston Martin recall : counterfeit Chinese part used in three in four cars built since 2007

British luxury sports car manufacturer Aston Martin is recalling three quarters of the vehicles it has produced since late 2007 after learning a Chinese sub-supplier has been providing counterfeit plastic for one of its parts. The recall affects 17,590 Aston Martins around the world, including (with the exception of the Vanquish) every left-hand-drive model made since November 2007 and all right-hand-drive cars since May 2012...


Aston Martin : baby Brit classic revealed
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Aston Martin : baby Brit classic revealed

  A fully functional, petrol-powered baby Aston Martin has been released in the UK, designed for children 10 years and upwards. For sale through Aston Martin Heritage dealer Nicholas Mee and Co, the 2.5-metre-long mini Astons are based on the iconic Aston Martin convertibles of the 1960s and are built using a steel box section chassis and composite body...


Aston Martin Lagonda SUV back on the cards: report
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Aston Martin Lagonda SUV back on the cards: report

Aston Martin has confirmed it is moving ahead with plans to launch a full-sized SUV, to be called the ‘Aston Martin Lagonda’ when it reaches showrooms. Aston Martin CEO Dr Ulrich Bez told Autocar that while the British marque has yet to develop any running prototypes, the Lagonda SUV is "absolutely" on Aston's radar...


Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Review
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Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Review

The existing Aston Martin V12 Vantage is my favourite model to emerge from the British concern, more of a personal preference than any of the others in the car maker’s well-reviewed range. True confession, though – much of the car’s appeal is the result of first impressions gathered during a very memorable press event in May 2010...

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Aston Martin posts $41.5m loss amid falling demand
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Aston Martin posts $41.5m loss amid falling demand

Aston Martin has posted a £24.6 million ($41.5 million) loss for 2012 on the back of diminishing demand for its luxury sports cars. The Telegraph in the UK reports demand for the Gaydon-based manufacturer's high-end V8- and V12-powered models fell nine per cent last year. The iconic sports car maker has now lost £46.1 million ($77...


Aston Martin Cygnet officially axed
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Aston Martin Cygnet officially axed

The Aston Martin Cygnet has been officially axed, with the luxury British manufacturer confirming it has pulled the pin on its unsuccessful city car project. Following widespread rumours from overseas, Aston Martin Asia Pacific regional manager Kevin Wall today told CarAdvice the Gaydon-based manufacturer has ceased production of the Toyota iQ-based Cygnet and will now focus its efforts exclusively on its signature sports cars...


Aston Martin named coolest car brand
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Aston Martin named coolest car brand

Aston Martin has been named the coolest car brand, according to the results of a British survey. The iconic Gaydon-based manufacturer famous for its luxury sports cars and ties to fictional super spy James Bond ranked second overall in the 2013/2014 CoolBrands study, slotting in between top-ranked technology giant Apple and watch specialist Rolex...


Aston Martin and Mercedes-Benz AMG confirm technical partnership
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Aston Martin and Mercedes-Benz AMG confirm technical partnership

The next-generation Aston Martin sports cars will be powered by new V8s based on engines from Mercedes-Benz performance division AMG. British brand Aston and Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler have confirmed their intention to form a technical partnership that would also see Mercedes-Benz provide electric and electronic architecture for future Astons...


Aston Martin Zagato centennial projects revealed
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Aston Martin Zagato centennial projects revealed

Italian coachbuilder Zagato has paid tribute to Aston Martin's 100th anniversary with the announcement of two special projects: the Aston Martin DBS Coupe Zagato Centennial and the Aston Martin DB9 Spyder Zagato Centennial. Zagato describes the DBS Coupe Centennial edition as an "exotic cross of Aston Martin DNA with Italian flair and Milanese inspiration"...


Aston Martin, Ford sign five-year engine partnership extension: report
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Aston Martin, Ford sign five-year engine partnership extension: report

Aston Martin has reportedly signed a contract extension with Ford that will see the US auto giant continue to supply it with engines for the next five years. The Sunday Times in the UK says the extension of the partnership, which currently sees Ford produce V8 and V12 engines for Aston Martin at its plant in Cologne, Germany, is a done deal...