Aston Martin is recalling approximately 5,500 vehicles sold in the U.S. over two issues, one involving the transmission and another associated with the battery cables, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced this week.The transmission issue affects some 3,493 DBS, DB9, Rapide, Vanquish and Virage models produced between 2009 and 2016. In these cars, there is a risk of the park pawl not engaging, which may cause the car to roll away if it is parked on a slope and exited without the parking brake engaged. These models are equipped with the six-speed Touchtronic II automatic transmission, and according to NHTSA, the problem is caused by a communication error between the engine control module and the transmission control module. Luckily, all that it will take to correct the problem is a software patch.The second issue concerns some 1,953 DBS and DB9 vehicles made between 2005 and 2009. In these cars, the battery supply cables can be damaged when the driver's seat … [Read more...] about Aston Martin recalls more than 5,000 cars in the US
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Your chance to own Aston Martin -- or at least a small part of it -- might finally be here. The Italian private equity fund Investindustrial and a group of Kuwaiti investors who together own more than 90 percent of the British sports car maker have hired an investment bank for a possible initial public offering (IPO) or an outright sale of the 104-year-old company, Reuters reports.Valued between $2.6 billion and $4 billion dollars, Aston Martin is currently in an early stage of recovery in sales after more than six years of failing to turn a profit, which was attributed to an aging lineup and an economic downturn in the first half of the 2010s. Even though this paints a dire picture of the automaker, sales actually rose by 75 percent in the first quarter of 2017, spearheaded by the new DB11 coupe that was developed in a technical partnership with Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler."Aston Martin notes today’s media coverage concerning a potential stock market listing of the … [Read more...] about Is Aston Martin going up for sale?
First comes track tuition in an Aston Martin V12 Vantage S. Then a Vantage GT4 racer. And then - after expert tutelage from AM works driver Darren Turner - do you get to drive your very own Aston Martin Vulcan. And by ‘you’, we mean of course if ‘you’ are one of the lucky 24 customers who have bought Aston’s £1.8 million, 820bhp, 7.0-litre V12-engined ode to track-day heaven. The company confirmed that the first set of customers have undergone this very process. That’s them, above. The test took place at Abu Dhabi’s Formula One circuit - Yas Marina - and each driver was given passenger-side instruction on every lap, while being tested day and night in order to fully experience the car in different atmospheric conditions. So yeah, a bloody good day then. Darren Turner said: “The priority for all of us on the team was to produce a car that provides immense enjoyment for the customers. Judging by the reactions we … [Read more...] about The Aston Martin Vulcan has landed
You can tell Aston Martin boss Andy Palmer used to work for Carlos Ghosn. Ghosn, the man who made a success of a seemingly unlikely alliance between France’s Renault and Japan’s Nissan, is a man who loves a plan. The “Nissan Revival Plan,” the “Nissan 180 Plan,” and “Nissan Power 88” were all announced by Ghosn to explain to media and, more importantly, shareholders his strategic vision for the automaker. Palmer, who joined Aston Martin in October 2014 after a 23-year career at Nissan, is clearly channeling his old boss when he talks of Aston’s “Second Century Plan,” a simple and compelling outline of how he intends to transform the storied British sports car maker, which has teetered on the edge of bankruptcy several times since its founding in 1913, into a genuine rival to Ferrari and Bentley. The past couple of years have been about survival, Palmer says, of figuring out how to keep selling enough cars while the DB11 … [Read more...] about Second Century Plan: Aston Martin to Launch 7 New Models in 7 Years
Aston Martin’s CEO Andrew Palmer speaks to Sumantra B Barooah about a varied range of topics — from the key challenges in his barely four-month-old role, to how he plans to take the brand to the iconic heights of Ferrari and Porsche, and the role India can play in Aston Martin’s overall scheme of things. In your new role, what are the top three things you would like to do?There is huge pressure and responsibility in taking over such a great brand. I have arrived in a business that’s in good shape, but I have key goals in mind which I am already engaged in delivering. In the short term, we need to continue to build on the asset of the brand – especially in geographical regions where heritage is not quite so well recognised. These also happen to be the areas where the luxury market is developing most and where some of the high net-worth people reside. India, of course, is one example of these rapidly growing markets. In the longer term, my intention is that … [Read more...] about ‘I want Aston Martin to stand on equal terms with Porsche, Ferrari and Bentley.’
Spectre is nearly upon us, the next episode in the James Bond series bringing with it a conceptual peek at the future of Aston Martin courtesy of the DB10. As for how much Bond's new ride predicts the DB11 that will be offered to civilians, "elements" is the most concrete word we've heard to describe the bridge from one to the other, and that doesn't tell us much.Still in the dark about where Aston Martin is going, we recently got the opportunity to remember where it's been. Some friends of Autoblog at Regency Car Rental in LA told us we could borrow their 2005 Aston Martin Vanquish S, so we spent the day hunting nefarious types on twisty Malibu roads, then cruising the Valley looking for a tuner shop that could install a minigun.The Vanquish played a role in the 2002 film Die Another Day, back when Pierce Brosnan made a living as the roguish, rakish MI6 asset. The film rekindled the union between the agent and Aston Martin after a three-movie interlude in which Bond drove BMWs, … [Read more...] about Channeling Bond in a 2005 Aston Martin Vanquish S
Introducing a brand new column at TTAC: The Ultimate Fit, where you get to figure out the unfortunate souls who would best fit for the rolling relics of the used car world.Let’s take this 15 year old, 3-door Chrysler minivan with only 59,000 original miles. Better yet, you take it and try to find the perfect buyer.This 2000 Chrysler Voyager represents the best and worst of the Clinton Era minivans. On the plus side, you get a stunning lack of standard features that were doomed to fail somewhere between the Al Gore presidential campaign and the undoing of the Patriot Act.No plastic wheel covers that would likely look like broken frisbees by this point. No passenger door for the driver’s side that would probably drop off its hinge. No rear air, which also happens to be a retail killer here in Georgia. As a sixth strike here in heat and humidity central, this minivan supplements the lack of a rear chiller with no tinting of any serious consequence for … [Read more...] about The Ultimate Fit: Aston Martin Van Damn!
Cue the yacht rock.Aston Martin’s latest offering isn’t a curvaceous, high-performance car. Nor is it an SUV. It’s a boat, and a nice one at that — but it’s also a gamble. The British automaker wants to squeeze money out of previously untapped markets, starting with the boaty set.After this, the sky’s the limit.Unveiled at the Monaco Yacht Show, which sounds glitzy beyond our wildest dreams, the Aston Martin AM37 is the luxury speedboat Daniel Craig would pilot. Because this isn’t TTAB, the particulars of this watercraft are not very important.Suffice it to say, the 37-foot powerboat seats eight, does zero to 50 knots eventually, has a carbon fiber dashboard, contains every creature comfort ever envisioned by man, and can sleep a number of attractive people. Somewhere inside, there’s a coffee machine and toilet. (Also: don’t expect an Aston powerplant — this thing packs twin 520 horsepower Mercury engines in top-end … [Read more...] about Aston Martin AM37: Congratulations, It’s a Boat!
Car designer Henrik Fisker is planning on launching a new vehicle, called the Force 1, next week at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, in conjunction with Bob Lutz’s VL Automotive.To make sure that the debut comes off without a hitch, according to the Detroit News, Fisker is suing Aston Martin in U.S. Federal Court for $100 million, alleging civil extortion.Fisker used to be in charge of design for Aston Martin. The British automaker had claimed earlier that Fisker’s new design was cribbed from one of its own.The lawsuit is in response to a letter, characterized as “threatening” by Fisker’s lawyers, sent to Fisker last month by Aston Martin’s American lawyers. It claimed that a top-view sketch released as a teaser for the Force 1 appears “strikingly similar to several of Aston Martin’s cars, including the DB10 car.” The DB10 was an Aston Martin concept featured in the most … [Read more...] about Fisker, Aston Martin Trade Threats, Lawsuit Over New Force 1
Twenty-four well-heeled gentleman drivers will soon pilot their own Aston Martin Vulcan, the automaker’s newest track-only machine.Power for the Vulcan comes from a naturally aspirated 7-liter V12 pumping over 800 horsepower to the back via a rear mid-mounted Xtrac six-speed sequential-shift transmission. Other features include extensive use of carbon fiber, Brembo racing calipers mounted over carbon ceramic discs, race-spec Michelin tires, driver-adjustable anti-lock braking, variable traction control, and a power-to-weight ratio surpassing those found in FIA GTE cars.Before the 24 fortunate owners take delivery of their FIA-certified Vulcans, they will offered a chance to gain some seat time behind the wheels of Aston Martin’s other road and track offerings — like the V12 Vantage S, One-77 and Vantage GT4 — in an intensive training program. Per special projects and motorsports chief David King, the 24 will then have the opportunity to take part in a series of … [Read more...] about Geneva 2015: Aston Martin Vulcan Revealed Prior To Global Debut