Le lancement des livraisons est prévu pour le mois prochain.

La crise du coronavirus a sérieusement frappé Aston Martin - le constructeur automobile a fait état d'une perte de 146 millions de dollars pour le premier trimestre 2020. Après avoir reçu 663 millions de dollars d'un consortium dirigé par le magnat de la mode et de la Formule 1 Lawrence Stroll, la firme a décidé de concentrer ses efforts sur le lancement de son tout premier SUV.

Le DBX est enfin sur les chaînes de montage à St Athan au Pays de Galles.

"C'est un réel privilège d'être ici aujourd'hui pour assister à l'achèvement de la première Aston Martin DBX", a déclaré Keith Stanton, directeur général intérimaire d'Aston Martin, après que le premier exemplaire de série du DBX ait quitté la chaîne de montage. "Je suis extrêmement fier de l'équipe d'Aston Martin qui a travaillé si dur pour transformer cet ancien site du ministère de la Défense en une usine automobile de classe mondiale, cela témoigne de la résilience et du courage de chacun chez Aston Martin".

Début de la production Aston Martin DBX

La production étant maintenant en cours, les premiers exemplaires du DBX destinés aux clients devraient être livrés dans le courant du mois, en commençant par l'Europe. Il faut garder à l'esprit que ce SUV est très attendu par les fans, mais aussi par les actionnaires, qui voient en lui un nouvel Eldorado pour sauver la marque.

Le DBX sera d'abord disponible uniquement avec un moteur V8 et vendu à partir de 195'126 euros en France. Plus tard, plusieurs autres versions, dont un modèle hybride V6 et une variante AMR à moteur V12, devraient rejoindre le catalogue. Des options de personnalisation supplémentaires devraient être disponibles par la division de personnalisation Q.

Galerie: Début de la production de l'Aston Martin DBX

"C'est un moment historique pour Aston Martin et pour le Pays de Galles", a déclaré Ken Skates, ministre de l'Économie, des transports et du Nord du Pays de Galles. "C'est aussi une grande victoire pour l'attitude positive du gouvernement gallois".

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Milestone moment for British luxury marque as first production SUV drives off the line at new UK manufacturing facility
DBX is the first Aston Martin to be “Made in Wales”
Global deliveries of the Aston Martin DBX to commence later this month
 
9 July 2020, St Athan, Wales: Just over four years since Aston Martin announced its investment in a brand new manufacturing facility at St Athan in Wales, the first Aston Martin to be “Made in Wales” has been driven off the production line.
 
The culmination of an extensive development programme that began with virtual development stretching back to 2015 and physical testing in Wales in 2018, DBX signals a new era in Aston Martin’s pursuit to deliver exceptional performance, style and usability in a segment previously unexplored by the world-famous manufacturer. Bringing both the versatility and indulgence expected of a luxury SUV with sports car levels of dynamic performance, DBX sets a bold new standard in this sector.
 
With its all-wheel drive system, DBX is a car that will allow the company to increase its presence in markets where perhaps the weather or terrain is less than conducive to rear-wheel drive sports cars. The clear emphasis on a spacious and luxurious cabin – whether seated in the front or back – will also allow Aston Martin to better reach customers who prefer to be driven rather than drive.
 
Aston Martin Interim Chief Operating Officer, Keith Stanton, 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 DBX is a true Aston Martin; it captures the very spirit of the brand as a beautiful hand-built, yet technologically advanced car. With around 80% of production expected to be exported and sold overseas, it is an important model for Aston Martin and a clear illustration of the strength of British manufacturing capabilities.
 
Marek Reichman, Aston Martin Executive Vice President & Chief Creative Officer, who was at St Athan to witness the completion of the first SUV designed by his team, said: “We are incredibly proud of our first SUV, which is as much of an Aston Martin as any one of our sports cars. From my design team to the engineers, the vehicle dynamics team and all the experts who hand-craft this beautiful car, here at St Athan, the DBX has become the car that will drive Aston Martin into a bold new era.”
 
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 work force we have right here in Wales.”
First deliveries of the DBX to customers start later this month, as planned.