Aston Martin had appointed Magna Steyr as a partner to build the Rapide at its factory in Austria in 2008 with the first pre-production models rolling off the assembly line in the fourth quarter of 2009 before the luxury saloon reached full production in 2010.
“In 2008 we had facility restrictions at Gaydon which indicated that production of Rapide at Gaydon would likely compromise production of our other cars,” said Aston Martin Chief Executive, Dr Ulrich Bez. “We were not prepared to do this.”
“Now, three years on things are very different – Gaydon is more established, more flexible and more efficient. While our overall volume has not changed significantly, we now produce a far richer model mix – eight model lines (plus five variants) compared to three model lines (plus two variants) in 2008 – so Rapide production is now possible,” Bez concluded.