Aston Martin DBX “SUV” in 2019?
Aston Martin announced that its first crossover will go into production at the end of the next year, after the completion of a new car assembly plant in St.Atna in South Wales.
Recently, the company’s board of directors held its first meeting at the new production facility. As the British say, thanks to the new venture, 750 new jobs will be created, with 150 employees already enrolled in the state. The very meeting of the board of directors was timed to coincide with the beginning of the third and final stage of the preparation of the production.
“We are delighted at the progress being made at the St Athan site. The team have done a fantastic job in advancing the facility and I was incredibly proud to chair our first Board meeting at the new plant. Wales has a long history of engineering excellence and the Board is delighted that it will play such an important part in Aston Martin’s development.”, said Dr Andy Palmer, Aston Martin President and Chief Executive Officer.
Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport Ken Skates added: “I am delighted to see our partnership with Aston Martin, right in the heart of our Cardiff Airport and St Athan Enterprise Zone, coming to fruition.”
“Progress to date continues to match the company’s aspiration for future growth and, when complete, the site will provide highly-skilled employment and world-class apprenticeship opportunities in the automotive sector for many generations to come. I wish them the same success with the next phase.”
According to rumors, the first British crossover will be called Varekai: the company has already registered such a trade name, which is translated from Roma word as “anywhere”, hinting at the car’s capabilities on any type of surface.
The new crossover will come with a range of powertrain options, including Mercedes-AMG-sourced V8s and V12s, and the hybrid system that will be used in the recently unveiled AMG GT 4-Door Coupe. However, the all-electric drivetrain of the 2015 DBX concept appears to have been scrapped.