Can Aston Martin survive without being bought by a larger automaker? CEO Andy Palmer says yes.
Palmer recently outline the company’s plan for the next seven years, including seven new products (one each year) and move into a more traditional seven-year product cycle.
The DB11 is first up, and it will be the primary platform for their future vehicles. 2017 will see a new Vantage, followed in 2018 by the Vanquish, DBX crossover in 2019. 2020 brings in a new mid-engine sports car, and the first relaunches will be the Lagonda line in 2021, and another in 2022.
The brand will be utilizing brand ambassadors such as Tom Brady and Serena Williams to hopefully bring more interest to the American market.
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The 28th year of the J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study was recently released, and Porsche came in at #1, tying with Lexus.
Dependability is measured by taking a look at the number of problems experienced for every 100 vehicles, with lower numbers representing higher scores. This study takes into account 117 specific problems that have been separated into eight major categories.
The study was based on responses for 35,186 original owners of 2014 model-year vehicles after three years of ownership.
For the 3rd year in a row, the biggest complaint overall was Bluetooth pairing and connectivity, along with misinterpreting commands in built-in voice recognition. 22% of dependability issues reported were related to the Audio, Communication, Entertainment, and Navigation category.
The old saying “A Boxster owner is not a Porsche owner” may no longer apply. Compared to the last model, the 2017 Boxster will have 36 more torque and 35 more horsepower. With a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, this new model may be the most exciting entry-level Boxster to-date. As for acceleration, the 2017 718 Boxster will go from 0 to 60 in just 4.9 seconds which is more than a half second faster from the 2016 model. Top speed has also increased now topping off at 170 MPH, 6 MPH faster from the prior year. With the same braking system and more torque, the 2017 version replaces the 2016 Boxster S as the entry-level Porsche going for about $8,000 cheaper.
While the new model sacrifices some horsepower compared the Boxster S, it is lighter and has considerably more torque. You will also have your choice of transmission with either PDK automatic or manual stick shift (6-speed). The Boxster brand continues to grow in the United States with over 10% of all Porsche sales in America being Boxster models. Porsche will hope that the introduction of this new version will give Americans even more options and thus continue to drive sales upward. The Boxster will always be compared to the 911 and no, it does not have the same large engine or features. However, many people do not have the track, roads, etc. to truly experience what the 911 offers. If you are looking to save considerable cash and still get the excitement that Porsche has to offer, the 2017 718 Boxster may just be the best choice for you.
Aston Martin the only remaining British sports car manufacture that has not been bought by an industry giant. They have preserved there image as one of Britain’s most loved and respected sports car manufactures decade after decade, and sure James Bond may have been a key factor in this. However, the company has decided to shake things up with their recent announcement to renew every car in their lineup over the next six years.
Perhaps the biggest surprise is the company’s CEO, Andy Palmer, announcing the brand will be entering the SUV market. The model will be called the DBX with the goal to target new customers, specifically women. While the process is going to be intense both in factories and the corporate office, the company is confident it will produce vehicles in a timely manner that will maintain their image of reliable, powerful, and beautiful cars. These moves have been made so Aston Martin will have long-term financial stability by diversifying their products into different markets, and relying less on their sports sedan. No one knows if the new models will be loved or hated as only time will tell, but Aston Martin has great brand image and the general public will be pulling for them to produce the finest vehicles. This move does not seem that drastic when compared to Aston Martin’s recent decisions to reenter the Formula One market as well as join the luxury powerboat market. Aston Martin has confidence in its employees, which is essential with the company’s complete transformation planned over the next six years.
As one of the most well-known sports car manufactures in the world, Ferrari can produce some expensive vehicles. While it may be hundreds of thousands of dollars for a 2017 Ferrari off the lot, some of the classics make the new models look inexpensive. The Ferrari 250 GTO is one of the most desired classic sports cars on the planet due to the fact that there were just 39 of them made between 1962 and 1964. Recently, a dealership declared a publically quoted price of $55 million for a 250 GTO.
Most of these sales are not publically auctioned and are sold via private transactions. The last American to purchase one of these models was Bernard J. Cole, a Washington lawyers, for a price undisclosed to the public. The desire of the car is driven by its day-to-day capabilities as it is a car many enthusiasts claim that does not have to be a track car as you could simply drive around town to pick up some groceries or go get a bite to eat. The Ferrari 250 GTO’s value can range from $40-$70 million depending on both its condition and its history on the track. Its sleek design and powerful sounding engine makes this Ferrari a borderline-need for wealthy auto collectors. Recent sales and auctions for the car hover around $35-$40, but if you want to buy the most recent 250 GTO to go on the market, you better be willing to pay about $55 million to add this classic to your collection.
In the recent Los Angeles motor show, Jaguar debuted their first pure electric vehicle, the I-Pace 5-seat SUV. They appear to be going after the Tesla Model X with this move.
A single charge is ranging up to 310 miles and will be able to accelerate from 0-62 in about 4 seconds. It will come in an all-wheel-drive model using 2 electric motors to produce 516 lb-ft of torque powered by a 90 kWh battery pack.
In another move similar to Tesla, you can register your interest in the new model I-Pace on the January website. There is currently no price listed.
A Ceramic Grey 570S recently rolled off the line to become the 10,000th car produced at the McLaren Production Centre in Woking.
The production facility was opened in July 2011 and the first car off the line was a McLaren 12C. “The fact that it took us 42 months to build our 5000th car and just 22 months to build the next 5000 speaks volumes about the pace of development of the company,’ said CEO Mike Flewitt. ‘Much of that development is thanks to the introduction of the Sports Series family of cars and it’s therefore fitting that the 10,000th car is a McLaren 570S’.
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