Pininfarina to build future Aston Martin Rapide?
As we previously reported, Aston martin will build future four-door Rapide model abroad. And Italy is one of the options being considered, and that sports car specialist Pininfarina is one of the potential third party production experts being considered.
"Many manufacturers already build models at specialist manufacturers like Karmann, Magna Steyr and Pininfarina, where they have top quality facilities and all the capabilities needed," said Chief Executive, Dr Ulrich Bez. "The facilities at Newport Pagnell were very old and not adequate and the site was not big enough. We have never built more than 600 cars at Newport so it was not really viable."
Aston Martin will build just over 7200 cars at Gaydon this year and with the new DBS model going into full production next year, this number could increase by a further 5 percent.
Aston Martin’s Chief Executive also said that the Rapide "will not be a four-seat limo; that is not its role,” he said. “It will, however, be far more elegant and stylish than any other luxury four-seat model."