The first cars have been built at Aston Martin’s new St Athan Plant in Wales, and they’re pre-production versions of the new Aston Martin DBX SUV ahead of its debut.
We’ve seen the new Aston Martin DBX, in prototype guise, strutting its stuff in the snow in Sweden, we’ve learnt it actually will be the DBX when it goes in to production, and that the DBX will debut in Q4 this year.
Now, with that debut looming, Aston Martin has started building the first pre-production models of the DBX (pictured above) and they just happen to be the firts cars ever built at Aston’s new Plant in St Athan, Wales.
It’s taken three years from when AML grabbed the old MoD site in St Athan to get to the point where cars can be built, in the process delivering up to 750 jobs – and another 3,000 in the supply chain – to an area which needs it.
Not only will St Athan be churning out the new DBX next year, it will also be the home of the Lagonda EV range, when it arrives.
Andy Palmer, Aston Martin CEO, said:
This is an exciting time for Aston Martin Lagonda. Our second luxury manufacturing facility is now producing cars and is ready to go into full production in H1 2020. Our facilities and manufacturing teams, led by VP and Chief Manufacturing Operations Officer Keith Stanton have done an outstanding job in getting the factory ready almost a year before full production starts, on time and on budget.
Sadly, the start of production in St Athan puts paid to antics like this.