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The Geneva Motor Show will showcase some of the finest concepts and world debuts you’ll ever see this year.

But every so often, an automaker like Aston Martin makes a splash with unveilings like this one: a pair of special edition Aston Martin DB9s called the Carbon Black and the Carbon White.

The names actually give away what Aston has prepared for these hellacious beauties. Here’s a hint: there’s plenty of carbon fiber in both models.

More than that, it marks yet another auto show in which Aston Martin has quietly made an impression on, as if all those previous concepts it’s shown in past auto shows weren’t enough. The Carbon Black and Carbon White DB9s are different, though, in part because there’s reason to believe that we’ll see them well after the lights in Geneva are shut and its doors are closed.

Maybe in a dealership soon? Don’t bet against it, especially with Aston Martin.

Click past the jump to read about the 2015 Aston Martin DB9 Carbon Black & Carbon White

Aston Martin has a long history of releasing special models, and its debuts for Geneva happen to include a pair of special-edition models set to knock our socks off. This is the V8 Vantage N430, which happens to be a V8 Vantage that draws inspiration from the popular CC100 model that we recently saw and the Aston Martin’s racing history.

Its striking green-and-yellow exterior paint combines well with a series of black elements and all the power coming from the V-8 under its hood. In short, this is one bad British sports car, but is it just for show or does this Jag fighter have something a little extra going on under its long hood?

For now, we only know a small portion of the details, but it is plenty of information to know what the upcoming Aston Martin V8 Vantage N430 is all about.

Click past the jump to read more about the V8 Vantage N430.

The Aston Martin V12 Vantage S is one of the sickest luxo-performance rigs available. With 565 horsepower at the beck and call of your right foot and 457 pound-feet of torque ready to break those tires free, what more could you ask for? How about a little ice to help you free up the back end?

That’s exactly what these fellas did over in Switzerland, as they took this powerful beast out on a sheet of ice for some sweet drifting action. What’s more, they posted a video of this action on YouTube, and we have it here for your weekend enjoyment.

Not that it was able to do this on that sheet of ice, but the V12 Vantage S hits 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 205 mph.

Check out the above video to see all of the slippery action, and to get a nice listen to that 6.0-liter V-12 clear its throat.

Aston Martin Lagonda

It is no longer a mystery that Mercedes -AMG is in cahoots with Aston Martin , but the link will be subtle and we will not see Astons cruising the roads with AMG badges any time soon — or ever for that matter. Things become rather interesting when we start talking about the rumored production of the Aston Martin Lagonda SUV. The only real reason that Aston has put off the Lagonda, which the company showed off in 2009 at the Geneva Auto Show, is because the British sports car builder didn’t have a suitable platform for it.

With Mercedes now working with Aston Martin, the former has access to several SUV platforms to sit the Lagonda atop. In fact, Dieter Zetsche, the head of Mercedes-Benz, made it clear to Autocar that he is open to sharing the GL-Class platform with Aston Martin.

That really strikes us as odd, as the deal was initially only supposed to include electronics and a few bespoke V-8 engines. Now the deal is suddenly showing the potential to include an entire platform; so, how long until Mercedes backs off its AMG-badge stance and starts sharing that with Aston?

Hey, we can dream, right?

Click past the jump to read more about the future Lagonda SUV.

Source: Autocar
Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series Coupe

The collaboration between Daimler and Aston Martin hasn’t come to fruition yet, at least as far as tangible products are concerned. All that is still a couple of years from now, which is a pretty long time from now.

What we do know for the time being is that the two brands are teaming up to build, among other things, a new wave of V-8 engines that will combine the two most important things for vehicles these days: performance and fuel efficiency. Aston wants a piece of that AMG magic and why wouldn’t it, right?

But as far as showing the world that Aston Martin will be "AMG-fied," Daimler boss Dieter Zetsche is putting the kaboosh on rumors that future Aston Martin models will be carrying the AMG badge. Apparently, at least according to Zetsche, it won’t.

The Daimler boss man wants to keep the partnership as subtle as possibly, and any trace of visible AMG participation on those future Aston bad-boys isn’t in line with all that subtle thinking. He believes that customers will ultimately link the two and won’t need to be reminded that those V-8s under future Astons were co-developed by AMG. The connection will be organically figured out.

That’s all well and good, but here’s something we don’t understand, though. Why not do it anyway, Mr. Zetsche? It’s not like Mercedes and Aston are trying to keep the collaboration a secret. Wouldn’t it also be beneficial from a novelty stand point — even if it’s just in the beginning — to see all those Aston Martins with AMG logos on them?

One possible reason the two brands are trying to keep the partnership on the down-low is because they’re still competitors in some key luxury markets. That may be true, but that hasn’t stopped sister companies like Audi and Porsche from being competitors too, even if both brands fall under the same Volkswagen umbrella.

Ultimately, it’s not our decision, and Zetsche has every right to decide on these things for his company. But it still would’ve been cool to see an AMG-badged Aston Martin.

Click past the jump to read about an Aston Martin that could have its own AMG V-8 engine in the future, the still-to-come Aston Martin Lagonda SUV.

Source: Autocar UK
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Aston Martin was founded in 1913 by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford, and 2013 marked the company’s 100th anniversary. Even though 2013 is already passed it looks like Aston Martin is continuing its celebration with the unveiling of a new video specially developed for the centenary. This video sums up an unrivaled 12 months of activity and reminds us once again that the British sports car maker is one of the world’s most admired, and desired, brands.

2013 brought Aston Martin’s cars from Henniker Mews to Dubai, Nürburgring to Kensington, Goodwood to Pebble Beach, so pretty much everyone around the globe had the chance to see the Aston Martin sports cars in action, but also to admire then at numerous exhibitions and shows.

This video brings together sports cars from classic roadsters to track winners, cars driven by James Bond and up to the latest Rapide S luxury sedan.

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Technical partnerships between competing brands is becoming a key part of surviving the crazy ups and downs of the automotive realm. We’ve seen it with Toyota Toyota and Subaru Subaru , Toyota and BMW BMW , Renault Renault and Nissan, and so on. To date, we’ve had yet to see a splash of a deal between two luxury automakers, but that is now history, as Daimler, AMG and Aston Martin have entered an interesting quid pro quo deal.

Now, the partnership between Daimler and Aston Martin has been through the rumormill before. At one point a rumor also incorrectly claimed that Aston Martin’s future depended on this possible partnership with Daimler . Well, that turned out to be untrue, of course, but this deal will certainly speed things along for the British sports car builder.

Daimler will receive up to 5-percent, non-voting shares in Aston Martin without cash consideration in return for helping build bespoke V-8 engines that will see use future Aston Martin models. The goal of these new engines is to deliver high performance and improved fuel efficiency. The shares will be awarded in stages that correspond to the progress made in this project, and the shares will allow Daimler to observe Aston Martin operations, but they will not have any direct control over Aston.

Daimler will be the fourth company to own Aston Martin shares — the other three are Prime Wagon, Adeem Investment and Investindustrial. Unlike the other three, Daimler also plans to start an additional cooperation to supply of electric components, plus a few other areas of cooperation that will be announced in the future.

Click past the jump to read more about the revived Lagonda - one of the first models rumored to get the new V-8 engine.

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Every Monday, Motor Trend rolls out a new episode of its Ignition show and the latest one brings into focus a great sports car: the 2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S .

Carlos Lago checks out the V-12-powered sports car to see if it is really worthy of all the praise that is heaped upon it. He also checks out just how well the Vantage V12 S performs, relative to Aston Martin’s claim that this model is indeed the second-fastest-accelerating car the company has produced. This is where Carlos got to have all the fun in the world, as he pushed the Aston to its limits. Lago also lets us in on whether or not the controversial single-clutch automated manual transmission really hampers the performance of the Vantage.

As a reminder, the V12 Vantage S is powered by an AM28 6.0-liter, V-12 engine that delivers a total of 565 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in a claimed 3.7 seconds — Lago noted a much slower time — and up to a top speed of 205 mph.

Ever since Aston Martin re-introduced the Lagonda name in 2009, the super-lux SUV has been stuck in limbo with no production plans set in the near future.

Widespread revulsion at its styling froze the crossover in its tracks from day one.

But even with the Lagonda’s future not certain, Aston Martin boss Dr. Ulrich Bez isn’t closing the door on both the Lagonda brand and the Lagonda SUV. Or at least not yet.

Speaking to Drive, Dr. Bez intimated that he still believes that the Lagonda has a production future, although a specific timetable can’t be disclosed just yet.

So, in short, Aston Martin still has hopes for the Lagonda down the road. It’s just a matter of finding the right time to do it. Dr. Bez did say that when the Lagonda does get its production date, one of its biggest draws will be the way its built. Despite being billed as an SUV, the Lagonda will be less "utility" and more "luxury", a straight reference to the kind of image Aston Martin has come to be known for.

That’s good news for those waiting for the Lagonda to return, but not as good as the string Dr. Bez threw out in saying that the door isn’t closed on the SUV and the model for that matter.

Click past the jump to read about the Aston Martin Lagonda SUV Concept from 2009

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The holiday season is still almost three months away, but it looks like someone already started to feel "in the spirit." Neiman Marcus announced today the first details on a special edition Aston Martin Vanquish Volante that will be sold in their annual Christmas Book.

The model is painted in an exclusive Seychelles Blue combined with a bright-finish grille and an Atlantic Blue roof. Bi-xenon headlights also chip in to give the Aston a stunning look in the dark. On the corners, the special-edition Vanquish Volante features 20-spoke, lightweight alloy wheels and blue brake calipers peeking through.

For the interior, the new special edition adds sports seats wrapped in black leather with contrasting Aurora Blue stitching and, of course, Neiman Marcus nomenclature embroidered on headrests. The same Aurora Blue paint sees use on the quilted door insert, the contrast stitching on the Obsidian Black steering wheel and the gearshift paddles.

The new Aston Martin Vanquish Volante Neiman Marcus Edition is priced at $344,500 and will be limited to only 10 units. For each unit sold, Neiman Marcus will donate $3,000 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation.

Under its hood, the Neiman Marcus Edition retains the 6.0-liter, V-12 engine that produces a healthy 565 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque.

Updated 11/14/2013: Aston Martin unveiled a new set of images for the Vanquish Volante Neiman Marcus Edition that will be unveiled at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. Find the new pictures in the gallery!

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Aston Martin Vanquish Volante.


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