Ulrich Bez to Step Down as Aston Martin CEO

2010 - 2012 Aston Martin Rapide
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Dr. Ulrich Bez, the man largely responsible for the modern range of Aston Martin vehicles, is expected to step down from his post as CEO, Autocar UK reports.

Bez’s departure as CEO will leave a huge hole in the Aston Martin’s management, ending a 13-year run that began when he assumed the job as chief executive and chairman back in July 2000.

As soon as he vacates his CEO seat, Bez is expected to remain with the company and serve more of an ambassadorial role in the company. That’s a good thing for Aston Martin because Bez’s imprint in the British automaker is unmistakable.

In addition to being the driving force behind the recent range of Aston Martin models, Bez also led the company’s move to build a world-class manufacturing facility in Gaydon, among his many accomplishments.

Aston Martin has yet to confirm Bez’s departure, but according to Autocar, a new CEO will be named later this year.

We’ll keep you updated on any new information surrounding this development.

Click past the jump to see a few cars Aston Martin built under Dr. Ulrich Bez’s watch

Aston Martin DB7

2003 Aston-Martin DB7
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The Aston Martin DB7 is considered the most successful Aston Martin model ever with more than 7,000 models being built before its sucessor, the DB9, eventually replaced it. It’s also considered one of the most beautiful and timeless of automotive designs. At its peak, the DB7 was also a powerful vehicle, boasting of a 6.0-liter V-12 engine that produced 420 horsepower and 400 pound-feet, good enough to give it a top speed of either 186 mph.

Aston Martin One-77

2012 Aston Martin One-77 Exterior
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One of the most exclusive supercars to hit the market in recent years is the One-77. It’s been described as crazy, powerful, expensive and rare, and all four adjectives fit the One-77 to a tee.

First introduced in 2010, the One-77 was limited to only 77 units and came with the most powerful naturally aspirated motor on the planet in the form of a 7.3-liter V-12 engine that cranked out 750 horsepower with torque checking in at about 533 pound-feet. And if you wanted to talk about exclusivity, the One-77’s $1.4 million price tag made it one of the most expensive cars on the planet, too.

Aston Martin Project AM 310

2012 Aston Martin Project AM 310 Exterior
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The Project AM 310 was first unveiled last year at the Villa d’Este Concours d’Elegance. The concept was meant to be a preview model of the next generation DBS, but the reaction surrounding it pretty much gave it a life of its own. One of the most noticeable things about the Project AM 310 was the prevalent use of carbon fiber and the design that was inspired by no less than the One-77.

Source: Autocar UK

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