Aston Martin, the English luxury model cars

2013-12-13 09:49:05

Aston Martin is a brand of luxury sports car manufactured by the English auto company Aston Martin Lagonda Limited. The company was founded Lionel Martin in 1913 and is currently owned by a several owners. Ford Motor Company owned Aston Martin from 1994 to 2007 till other investors bought stakes of the company.

The first Aston Martin car was assembled in March 1915 at Kensington but the production could not be started due to the outbreak of war. Both Martin and his partner Robert Bamford joined the forces to fight and in the process sold off the machinery to an Aviation company. The company was re-founded and in 1922 Bamford & Martin produced several cars to enter into Grand Prix and set world records in speed and endurance tests. After that the company changed hands several times before Ford bought it and placed in the Premier Automotive Group where production of Aston Martin cars were started in the assembly lines unlike the handcrafted method used earlier.

During the Ford era Aston Martin four wheeler models to have come were Vantage and Aston Martin Vanquish boosted by the V12 engine in 1999 and 2001. A concept car AMV8 Vantage was introduced in Michigan in the Auto Show 2003. The same year DB9 coupe was introduced replacing the old DB7. A DB9 convertible the DB9 Volante was unveiled in 2004 during the Detroit auto show. The Aston Martin engine production was started after the company set up 12, 500 sqmtrs within Ford Germany Niehel, Cologne factory. With this move the company achieved self sufficiency in engine demand and expanded engine capacity allowing its V8 Vantage to enter production.

A racing division by Aston Martin was created in 2005 and partnering with Prodrive Aston Martin Racing competes in GT class car races including the famed 24 hours of Le Mans. In 2006 Ford decided to divert the Premier Automotive Group and in 2006 engaged UBS AG to auction off Aston Martin partially or fully. David Richards the Prodrive chair along with a consortium of investors bought Aston Martin in March 2007. Ford limited its stake at $70m.  Now the company is co-owned by several investors along with Ford.

The company has its head quarters at Gaydon, Warwickshire, England and had a net income of £ 7.6 million as on 2010. The company has a subsidiary Aston Martin Racing with a 50 % stake and as of 2010 has 1250 numbers of employees on its roll. The current models of cars produced by Aston Martin include Vanquish, Rapide, Aston Martin V12 Zagato, V8 Vantage Roadster, V8 Vantage and V12 Vantage & popular model DB9 and DB9 Volante. The company produced a number of whole race cars after the war and won several world championships. It has also supplied the engines for several Aston Martin models including the Lola B08/60 introduced in 2008. However Aston Martin manufactured engines were not used by Ford in its car models. Aston Martin is also involved in football promotion and sponsors the 2.Bundeslega second division club 1860 Munich. 

Aston Martin models:

Aston Martin V12 Vantage
Aston Martin V12 Vanquish
Aston Martin V8 Vantage
Aston Martin DB7
Aston Martin Virage
Aston Martin Rapide S
Aston Martin DB9
Aston Martin Rapide
Aston Martin Vanquish
Aston Martin DBS