Aston Martin DBX Concept (1)

Πολλά και ενδιαφέροντα τα νέα σχετικά με τα μελλοντικά σχέδια της Aston Martin, με πρώτο και κυριότερο την επέκταση του line-up της βρετανικής εταιρίας.

Ο CEO Andy Palmer σε σημερινή του συνέντευξη έδωσε αρκετές πληροφορίες για το τι περιμένουμε, αλλά έκανε και αυτοκριτική, λέγοντας χαρακτηριστικά:

Στον πρώτο αιώνα ζωής χρεοκοπήσαμε 7 φορές, γι’αυτό στον δεύτερο θα φροντίσουμε να μην συμβεί.

Για να γίνει αυτό, η Aston Martin θα κυκλοφορήσει το 2019 ένα crossover, το οποίο θα αποτελεί ουσιαστικά την έκδοση παραγωγής του DBX concept που είδαμε από κοντά στη Γενεύη, πριν περίπου ένα μήνα. Το αυτοκίνητο θα βασιστεί πάνω στη νέα πλατφόρμα που ετοιμάζει η εταιρία, και θα παρουσιάσει το Σεπτέμβριο του 2016, την οποία θα χρησιμοποιήσει και σε άλλο ένα μοντέλο, με τα δύο αυτά πρακτικά να αντικαθιστούν την Rapide. Επίσης, πάνω σε αυτή θα κατασκευαστεί και η επόμενη γενιά της DB9, η οποία πιθανότατα θα ονομαστεί DB11.

Aston Martin Rapide S

Μηχανικά, τώρα, η συνεργασία με την Mercedes-AMG θα φέρει μικρές ανακατατάξεις. Όπως έχει δηλώσει και παλιότερα η βρετανική εταιρία θέλει να κρατήσει τον V12 κινητήρα της, αλλά θα υποστεί κάποιες τροποποιήσεις. Αρχικά, θα μικρύνει σε χωρητικότητα και από 5,9 κ.εκ. θα πέσει στα 5,2 κ.εκ., αλλά παράλληλα θα του τοποθετήσει δύο turbo. Έτσι, η ιπποδύναμη θα κυμανθεί σε νούμερα πάνω από 600 άλογα, ενώ ταυτόχρονα θα μειωθούν οι εκπομπές ρύπων. Η εξέλιξη του block του κινητήρα έχει ήδη ξεκινήσει, χωρίς τη βοήθεια τη Mercedes-AMG, και η παρουσίαση του δεν είναι πολύ μακριά.

Επίσης, η Aston Martin θα δανειστεί το 4-λιτρο bi-turbo V8 της γερμανικής εταιρίας, και θα τοποθετηθεί στην V8 Vantage, με την V12 έκδοση της να μην αντικαθίσταται. Η DB11 θα διατίθεται και με τους δύο προαναφερθέντες κινητήρες, ενώ η Vanquish θα φοράει μόνο τον ιδιόκτητο V12. Από την γερμανική εταιρία θα προέρχονται το infotainment σύστημα και άλλα συστήματα ασφαλείας.

Aston Martin Lagonda Taraf

Όπως προείπα, στη θέση της Rapide θα τοποθετηθούν το νέο crossover και η νέα Lagonda, που δεν θα έχει καμία σχέση με την Aston Martin Lagonda Taraf, ενώ πάνω στη νέα πλατφόρμα θα υπάρχει και άλλο ένα τρίτο  sports sedan μοντέλο. Στόχος της Aston Martin είναι μέχρι το τέλος της δεκαετίας να αντικαταστήσει κάθε μοντέλο που βρίσκεται σήμερα στη γκάμα της.

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ASTON MARTIN LAGONDA LOOKS AHEAD IN CHINA

– Asia show debuts for DBX Concept and Lagonda Taraf – Comprehensive product renewal and expansion ahead – Aston Martin underlines commitment to the Chinese market

20 April 2015, Shanghai: Luxury British car brand Aston Martin Lagonda is confidently looking to the future at the 16th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition, with CEO Dr Andy Palmer leading the company into an exciting new era reaching far into the next decade. For the first time in China the innovative DBX Concept and exclusive Lagonda Taraf were unveiled, spearheading Aston Martin’s display at the show.

The display of handcrafted luxury sports cars in Shanghai defines the way ahead for Aston Martin and its commitment to the market in China, with each model on display representing a distinctive and differentiated story for Chinese customers

The DBX Concept signals a key change in vision as the brand embarks on a new chapter of change and growth.

“With its unique fusion of high luxury and advanced technology along with its day-to-day practicality, the DBX Concept is a piece of fresh, bold thinking about how the high luxury GT sector may evolve,” said Dr Andy Palmer, CEO of Aston Martin. “It is our first all-electric, all-wheel drive car, showcasing the brand’s world-class engineering and design capabilities, and we believe this type of product will be particularly appealing to customers in China.”

Looking to the future: Aston Martin’s Second Century

Attending his first auto show in China as the new CEO of Aston Martin, Dr Andy Palmer outlined the new vision and direction for the brand.

The “Second Century” plan is a comprehensive strategy for the growth and development of the renowned British brand, and will ensure Aston Martin’s sustainability and success.

Significantly, Aston Martin will focus on delivering a new wave of products that are being developed under the largest investment plan in its 102 year history. By the end of the decade, every model in the current line-up will be replaced and up to three new models lines will be added.

“The Second Century plan not only delivers exciting and highly desirable new luxury sports cars in the traditional sense, but also embraces new powertrain technology. I have challenged not only convention but also my team to investigate an electric version of the Rapide, a product which will undoubtedly be attractive for the China market. Our relationships with leading Chinese companies such as Hanergy and now with Letv shows the potential to connect British craftsmanship with the very latest in Chinese technology,” added Dr Palmer.

The strategic plan also encompasses the brand’s intention to enter the luxury sedan market in China. Strictly limited to a global production run of just 200 super-saloons, the Lagonda Taraf follows in the wake of other bespoke special projects by Aston Martin such as the creation of the extreme Aston Martin Vulcan supercar, Vantage GT12, One-77, V12 Zagato and the CC100 Speedster Concept. The luxurious new super saloon draws inspiration from the highly sought-after William Towns-designed Lagonda of 1976 and features many of the same cutting-edge engineering techniques seen in modern Aston Martin sports cars, such as the extensive use of carbon fibre body panels.

Bespoke Brilliance

This year, the brand will expand its popular and growing bespoke personalisation service – Q by Aston Martin – and fully integrate it into the company’s Special Products Division. The new business unit is able to deliver anything from unique interiors to creating the DB10 that will feature in the next James Bond film, Spectre.

And it is this team that has created the new Lagonda Taraf. Q by Aston Martin takes bespoke automotive tailoring to the ultimate level, and has enabled the brand to create ultra-personalised luxury sports cars for an increasing number of Chinese customers.

Guests on the show stand were able to take a closer look at the wide array of options available through the Q by Aston Martin service. The Q by Aston Martin Rapide S on display, with its unique specification of a White Essence exterior and Saddle Leather interior, served to highlight the limitless personalisation possibilities through the service.

Commitment to China

While the DBX Concept highlights the future of luxury GT sports cars for the brand, the new 8-speed models on display at the Aston Martin stand – the Vanquish and Rapide S – are now available to order in China along with the exclusive Lagonda Taraf.

The latest versions of the Vanquish and Rapide S feature the new state-of-the-art ZF Touchtronic III 8-speed automatic transmission, and offer not only considerably enhanced performance and much-improved fuel economy and emissions, but also an even more honed, precise and responsive driving experience. Improvements have been achieved in every major area of the cars’ performance and fuel economy, and both models are now capable of top speeds in excess of 320 km/h (200 mph).

Representing the brand’s sports-focused Vantage range on the Shanghai show stand is a V8 Vantage Coupe finished in luxurious Mariana Blue with a motorsport derived graphics pack. The V8 Vantage Coupe is available to order in China from 1.98m RMB alongside its exhilarating stable mate, the V12 Vantage S Coupe from 2.88m RMB.

“The China auto show debuts of the DBX Concept and Lagonda Taraf at Auto Shanghai 2015 are a clear signal that China is an increasingly significant market for Aston Martin,” said Mr. Michael Peng, President of Aston Martin China. “In the second century, we will continue to place a high importance on China and its growing number of discerning luxury sports car enthusiasts. We have stable and long-term relationships with our China dealer partners who represent the brand in 15 key cities on the Mainland, and we will work with these partners to continue to deliver first-class services to our valued Chinese customers.”