Aston Martin Rapide. Click image to enlarge
Gaydon, England – Aston Martin has announced a partnership with Magna Steyr, under which the company’s four-door Rapide will be built at a dedicated facility in Graz, Austria.
Aston Martin said it is outsourcing the upcoming model because demand for its DB9, V8 Vantage and DBS has resulted in its headquarters in Gaydon quickly approaching full capacity of 8,000 cars.
The Rapide was launched as a concept at the Detroit Auto Show in 2006; since that time, the company has investigated the best business solution for building it. After investigating several companies, Aston Martin concluded that Magna Steyr was the best partner to do this.
Magna Steyr will establish a dedicated Aston Martin production operation within its facility in Austria. The design will be based upon the company’s production facility in Gaydon and the Aston Martin Engine Plant in Cologne. Rapide production is expected to begin in late 2009, with around 2,000 cars produced each year.