Aston Martin have announced today that the manufacturing of their new car, the DBX, will take place in South Wales. This great news for the British automotive industry will create 750 highly skilled jobs.
After nearly a year of global competition with over 20 sites, a super hanger in the Vale of Glamorgan will be the site where the Aston Martin concept car will be manufactured. Work on the factory will start in 2017, whilst production will commence in 2020.
Aston Martin chief executive Andy Palmer called it a “momentous day for Wales” at a news conference in Cardiff on Wednesday. The development site will also include a skills academy, which will make St Athan and the Vale of Glamorgan a centre of excellence for vehicle manufacturing.
“We have a wealth of craftsmanship here,” said Mr Palmer. “It takes 200 hours to make a car and to do that we need skilled labour and we have got that skilled labour in Wales, in Great Britain and that played a big part in our decision.”
The Aston Martin DBX was unveiled at Geneva Motor show last year, in order to continue to survive in the Luxury car market, the company has been looking to broadening its appeal to a wider and diverse range of customers.
The DBX is an all-electric 4×4 and is expected to cost at least £160,00. Clearly signalling an extension to the brand’s existing model lines in the future, the all-wheel drive DBX Concept seamlessly combines traditional Aston Martin beauty with elegant new engineering that gracefully aligns form and function.
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