- First appearance in the UK capital for Aston Martin’s new SUV which will be built in St Athan in Wales
- Aston Martin CEO attends reception hosted by Prime Minister to celebrate Wales Week
27 February 2019, London, UK: The Aston Martin DBX, the British luxury carmaker’s first SUV, which will be built in St Athan in Wales, made a surprise visit to No.10 Downing Street to celebrate St David’s Day.
Aston Martin Lagonda’s investment in a second UK manufacturing facility, which was announced in early 2016, will create over 700 new skilled jobs in the Vale of Glamorgan. Over the past two years the former Ministry of Defence site at St Athan has been transformed into a state-of-the-art car production plant.
While the DBX waited outside No. 10, Aston Martin Lagonda President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Dr Andy Palmer attended a reception hosted by Prime Minister Theresa May, and attended by the Secretary of State for Wales, Alan Cairns.
Palmer said: “Prototype models of the DBX have embarked on an extensive testing programme, which has seen the car being put through its paces in various environments, including a demanding Welsh Rally stage. I’m delighted that this model was able to take time out of its busy schedule to be involved in the celebration of Wales Week in London.”
Prime Minister Theresa May said: “As we celebrate all that is great about Wales, it’s fantastic to have the first DBX model, that will be built at Aston Martin’s new Welsh base, parked pride of place on Downing Street to mark St David’s Day.
“Bringing 700 jobs and investment to the region and providing a new home for Aston Martin’s cutting-edge electric technology, the St Athan plant will ensure that the UK remains a world leader in the future of transport.”
The Aston Martin DBX will go into full production at St Athan in the Vale of Glamorgan in 2020 after it is unveiled later this year.
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About Aston Martin Lagonda:
Aston Martin Lagonda is a luxury automotive group focused on the creation of exclusive cars and SUVs. The iconic Aston Martin brand fuses the latest technology, exceptional hand craftsmanship and timeless design to produce models including the Vantage, DB11, Rapide AMR and DBS Superleggera. The Lagonda brand will relaunch in 2021 as the world’s first luxury electric vehicle company. Based in Gaydon, England, Aston Martin Lagonda designs, creates and exports cars which are sold in 53 countries around the world.
Lagonda was founded in 1904 and Aston Martin in 1913. The two brands came together in 1947 when both were purchased by the late Sir David Brown. Under the leadership of Dr Andy Palmer and a new management team, the Group launched its Second Century Plan in 2015 to deliver sustainable long-term growth. The plan is underpinned by the introduction of seven new models including the DB11, new Vantage, DBS Superleggera and an SUV, as well as the development of a new manufacturing centre in St Athan, Wales.