First Aston Martin DBX rolls off the production line
The very first Aston Martin DBX has rolled off the production line at the firm’s new facility in St Athan.
The production model is finally arriving on the road following a rigorous testing and development programme which pans all the way back to 2015. It’s also the first Aston Martin to be officially ‘made in Wales’, having been completed at the firm’s high-tech plant in south Wales.
Blending the sportiness of a classic Aston Martin with the go-anywhere ability of a modern SUV, the DBX is a car which is crucial to the future of the firm. It also follows on from a theme adopted by many other manufacturers, with carmakers such as Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Lamborghini all having brought their own SUV models to market.
Keith Stanton, Aston Martin interim chief operating officer, 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 Defence 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 honour 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.”
The first DBX has been produced just four years after Aston Martin announced that it would be creating a state-of-the-art facility at St Athan where the SUV would be created. It also came with the creation of around 450 jobs.
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.
“The DBX is an exceptional vehicle from one of the world’s most luxury car brands, and it will be central to this iconic company’s growth plan and ambitions for the future.
“I could not be more proud to see this fantastic SUV being made in Wales and rolling off the production line. It also speaks volumes for the dedication and skills of the world class workforce we have right here in Wales.”
First deliveries of the DBX to customers are set to start later this month, as planned.