The first Aston Martin to be “Made in Wales” has been driven off the production line at the company’s new St Athan plant.
The event was all the more remarkable because it’s just four years since Aston Martin announced its investment in the manufacturing facility.
With its all-wheel drive system, Aston Martin hopes the DBX will allow the company to increase its presence in markets where perhaps the weather or terrain is less than conducive to rear-wheel drive sports cars.
The spacious and luxurious cabin will also enable Aston Martin to better reach customers who prefer to be driven rather than drive.
“It is a real privilege to be here today to witness the completion of the first production Aston Martin DBX,” said Aston Martin Interim Chief Operating Officer, Keith Stanton.
“I’m extremely proud of the Aston Martin team who have worked so hard to transform this ex-Ministry of Defence site into a world-class car manufacturing facility, to now be producing cars, it is testament to the resilience and fortitude of everyone at Aston Martin.”
“It is an honour to see the first DBX come off the line and my only regret is that everyone who works for this incredible brand can’t be here to witness it.”
With around 80% of production expected to be exported and sold overseas, it is an important model for Aston Martin. Global deliveries of the new luxury SUV will commence later this month.
“We are incredibly proud of our first SUV, which is as much of an Aston Martin as any one of our sports cars,” said Marek Reichman, Aston Martin Executive Vice President & Chief Creative Officer.
“From my design team to the engineers, the vehicle dynamics team and all the experts who hand-craft this beautiful car, here at St Athan, the DBX has become the car that will drive Aston Martin into a bold new era.”