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Aston Martin begins building facility to produce new crossover

Aston Martin begins building facility to produce new crossover image

Nica Onate / Aston Martin | December 19, 2016 12:48

New Wales factory to produce production version of DBX concept

Aston Martin is now working on Phase 1 of their new manufacturing facility at St Athan in Wales, after finalizing the sale of the site with Carwyn Jones, Welsh first minister. The new factory will become the site in which the company will produce the production version of the DBX concept, the company's first ever crossover.

The automaker said that the Phase I includes the construction of the customer and staff reception areas, administration and management offices as well as the employee restaurant.

“The exchanging of this contract, giving us first access to the St Athan facility, is a milestone in our 103-year history. Work now starts in earnest to turn our plans into reality,” said Andy Palmer, Aston Martin president and CEO.

Aston Martin begins building facility to produce new crossover

Back in February 2016, the automaker already announced that it had chosen St Athan from 20 potential global locations as its second manufacturing facility as part of its £200M investment in new products and facilities.

In addition, Aston Martin also stated then of seeking for up to 750 employees that will work for the new plant.

“The move is fantastic news for the Vale of Glamorgan and surrounding areas, and will provide a real boost to the local economy, resulting in thousands of high quality jobs both within Aston Martin and the wider supply chain,” said Carwyn Jones, first minister of Wales.

Meanwhile, Phase II will start by April 2017 after the company gains access to the three Ministry of Defense 'Super Hangars', which will house the new manufacturing facility.

Aston Martin begins building facility to produce new crossover

The Aston Martin DBX concept was first revealed at the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show. It is an all-electric crossover that aims to redefine the luxury GT segment. Its body panels are made from billet aluminum while the front fascia bears the brand's distinct face. Exposed Nubuck leather is heavily used inside while all of the seats feature electric adjustability. Powering the DBX are electric motors that are mounted on each wheel, giving it AWD capability.

It is not yet known as to what kind of powertrain will be used on the production version of the DBX concept.