Just over four years since Aston Martin announced its investment in a new manufacturing facility at St. Athan in Wales, the first Aston Martin to be “Made in Wales” has been driven off the production line.
The Aston Martin DBX is the culmination of an extensive development program that began with virtual development stretching back to 2015 and physical testing in Wales in 2018.
With its all-wheel drive system, DBX is a car that 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 clear emphasis on a spacious and luxurious cabin — whether seated in the front or back — will also allow Aston Martin to better reach customers who prefer to be driven rather than drive.
Aston Martin Interim Chief Operating Officer Keith Stanton said: “It is a real privilege to be here today to witness the completion of the first production Aston Martin DBX. I’m extremely proud of the Aston Martin team who have worked so hard to transform this ex-Ministry of Defense 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 honor 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 percent of production expected to be exported and sold overseas, it is an important model for Aston Martin and a clear illustration of the strength of British manufacturing capabilities.
Marek Reichman, Aston Martin executive vice president and chief creative officer, who was at St. Athan to witness the completion of the first SUV designed by his team, said: “We are incredibly proud of our first SUV, which is as much of an Aston Martin as any one of our sports cars.”
Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales Ken Skates said: “This is a historic moment for Aston Martin and for Wales. It is also a huge win for the Welsh government’s can-do attitude.”