Aston Martin, the luxury GT manufacturer that’s extracted a vast product line-up out of just one platform and two engines, has at long last confirmed its first all-new platform in over a decade. Since the original V12 Vanquish of 2001, all Astons; with the exception of the Aygo-based Cygnet and bespoke carbon structure-One-77, have used the same VH (vertical/horizontal) platform. News of a new platform is therefore rather significant for the Gaydon-based manufacturer and means they’ll not necessarily be using one from Mercedes-Benz as rumoured.
Mercedes-Benz signed a tech-sharing agreement last year with the 101-year old manufacturer for AMG V8 engines and electrical systems, but Aston Martin has revealed no further detail on that agreement, or indeed which sports cars the all-new platform will underpin – although we’re guessing it’ll be all of them. Aston Martin announced that it enjoyed a 13 per cent increase in revenue in 2013, which equates to around 4 200 sales globally. Implementing the deal with Daimler AG and developing the first all-new platform of this century marks the biggest investment program Aston Martin has ever undertaken. We can’t wait for the fruits of their labour.