Aston Martin chief executive Tobias Moers said the expanded partnership was a critical step towards achieving Aston’s goals. “The capabilities of Mercedes-Benz AG technology will be fundamental to ensure our future products remain competitive,” said the former head of Mercedes-AMG who replaced Andy Palmer as chief executive as one of the new executives brought in under Stroll to revitalise the company.
Lawrence Stroll said: “This is truly game changing. We now have the right team, partner, plan and funding in place to transform the company to be one of the greatest luxury car brands in the world.”
In terms of new models, Aston says the 9-10,000 units a year will be made up of a refreshed range of all current front-engined cars and an expansion of the SUV line-up, currently only the DBX. The new generation of mid-engined Astons will go ahead, with the company saying it will use technology from the Aston Martin Formula 1 team for the new road cars. The first Valkyrie hypercar will be delivered in the second half of 2021. Also getting the thumbs up is the programme of Aston Martin specials, such as the continuation and coachbuilt models.
Aston Martin has also revealed that:
- It has brought down the number of unsold sports/GT cars with dealers by 1,400 so far this year
- Production of its first SUV, the DBX, at the new plant at St Athan in Wales is now running at full speed
- The company is targeting annual capital expenditure of £250m-£300m between 2021 and 2025
- And part of a new cash injection of £500 million will repay the coronavirus business interruption loan the company took out from the UK government
Lawrence Stroll added: “This is a transformational moment for Aston Martin. It is the result of six months of enormous effort to position the company for success to capture the huge and exciting opportunity ahead of us.”