Aston Martin to debut updated DBS in 2012

July 15th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Aston Martin’s DBS has been on the scene for five years now and the DB9 on which its based has been on sale for eight years. Both models are in their twilight years, but its been revealed that they’ll have to keep going a few more years yet. The replacement is expected to be all new, but won’t be available until 2015. Till then Aston Martin is planning a comprehensive facelift for the DB9 family.

The high-end DBS will be the first model to receive the changes before the updates are used on the rest of the model line. Expect to see some design cues borrowed off the One-77 supercar, this will show the influence of new design boss Marek Reichman.

The new touches will see a fully updated front fascia which drops the company’s trademark shape in favor of a new single grille/air dam. There will also be re-shaped bonnet vents and sharper lines all around. Continue reading “Aston Martin to debut updated DBS in 2012” »

Lagonda crossover canned in favour of larger Rapide-based sedan

September 7th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Aston Martin has been a bit unsure about how to best use its Lagonda nameplate which has been worn by various four-door models during the brands history.

Recently Aston could have badged its Rapide four-door sedan as a Lagonda model, but chose not to. Instead, the Lagonda badge was resurrected for a quite bizzare crossover concept that was poorly received at its unveiling at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show.

After the Geneva Motor Show reports indicated that the Lagonda concept was heading back to the design studio in an attempt to make it less offensive. Now, new reports indicate a different approach altogether. Apparently the crossover has been scrapped entirely, but there are still plans for that Lagonda badge.

In response to customer complaints that the Rapide was lacking in rear-seat legroom, Aston Martin is now planning to enlarge its four-door coupe into a more accommodating body that will use the Lagonda name. Sources state that the sedan’s arrival is at least four years away, so long-legged passengers will have to keep waiting to enjoy decent rear legroom in an Aston Martin vehicle.