As Aston Martin prepares for the introduction of what could be its most controversial new model yet, the British sportscar maker has announced that the future home of the DBX SUV will be its newly acquired site in St Athans, Wales.
With contracts now finalised for the sale of the former Ministry Of Defence site, Aston Martin will begin construction work in April 2017, converting the aircraft ‘super hangars’ on site into the production line that will be used to build the DBX.
“Since taking the decision to build our first SUV in Wales we have been impressed with the commitment and approach from both the MOD and the Welsh Government in making this project work. We continue to work with the Welsh Government in areas like recruitment to ensure we are able to meet our project timescales,” said Aston Martin President and CEO Andy Palmer.
The St Athans site forms part of a £200M (A$342m) investment in new products and facilities for Aston Martin, with a recruitment drive started mid-year offering 750 new jobs, with the first recruits already undergoing training at Aston’s Gaydon factory, working on the DB11 coupe.
Welsh government officials have also praised the selection of the St Athans site, using the high-profile opportunity to declare Wales “open for business”, in the hope of inviting further investment to the country.
Despite debuting as a high-riding coupe when it made its 2015 concept debut, the DBX is expected to morph into more conventional four-door SUV when it makes its production debut, joining the likes of the Bentley Bentayga in the exclusive ultra-prestige SUV market.