Aston Martin launches its first Welsh-built vehicle
St Athan plant in the Vale of Glamorgan will produce the marque’s DBX crossover vehicle
Russell George AM, the Conservative Shadow Minister for Business, Economy, and Infrastructure, has welcomed the launch today (November 20) of DBX, the first SUV from Aston Martin.
The vehicle – designed from the chassis up as an SUV – is the first production vehicle built in Wales since the Gilbern sports car (1959 to 1973).
Mr George, the Welsh Conservative Assembly Member for Montgomeryshire, said:
“It’s a long time, a generation, since a car has been produced in Wales, and I am proud to say that is a landmark day for St Athan, Wales, and the UK’s automotive industry.
“Along with the recent announcement that Ineos will build the Grenadier 4x4 in Bridgend, and TVR production hopefully soon to start in Ebbw Vale, it shows that industry – made up of premier brands and at the leading edge of technology – is alive and well in Wales.
The production facility is only the second Aston Martin plant apart from the marque’s headquarters in Gaydon, Warwickshire. At full strength, the Aston Martin production facility in the Vale of Glamorgan will employ some 750 people.
Joel Williams, Prospective AM for Cardiff North added:
“This is great news for Cardiff North, with high skilled jobs being brought to the region this will have a positive impact through the supply chain."