Aston Martin

Emission statement

The Aston Martin Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S in action.

In more than two decades as a racing car driver, I've been behind the wheel of a wide variety of amazing vehicles.

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Business Digest, November 27, 2012

The Aston Martin DB5 driven by Scottish actor Sean Connery in the James Bond movies 'Goldfinger' and 'Thunderball'.

Beijing probes alleged dumping from abroad

27 Nov 2012 - 3:14am

Aston Martin at centre of Italian-Indian bid war

The 1964 Aston Martin DB5, made famous in the James Bond movies <i>Goldfinger</i> and <i>Thunderball</i>, is displayed after restoration in Luzern. Photo: Reuters

Aston Martin stands at the centre of an international takeover battle after Indian motors group Mahindra trumped an Italian bid for half of the British luxury car maker.

26 Nov 2012 - 12:30pm

Driving investment

Ferraris in Hong Kong mark the car's 60th anniversary in 2007. Photos: AFP, Jonathan Wong (x2), David Wong, Sam Tsang, Xinhua

China poised for classics boom, writes Tim Huxley.

19 Nov 2012 - 1:27am

Aston Martin Vanquish unveiled

The Aston Martin Vanquish - power with a dash of darkness.

James Bond has a new set of wheels for his latest film, writes Mark Sharp.

4 Jan 2013 - 6:37pm

Beijing Auto mulls joint venture with Aston Martin

An Aston Martin gets a finishing touch. Beijing Auto is looking to satisfy the luxury lifestyle desire of middle-class motorists. Photo: Bloomberg

Beijing Automotive Group plans to set up more joint ventures with foreign brands such as Aston Martin Lagonda of James Bond fame as the state-owned carmaker seeks to diversify its product lines.

26 Oct 2012 - 8:31am

Wants & needs

Wants & needs

Little wonders

1 Sep 2012 - 1:23am

Dragon wheels

Power and prestige are attributes of the dragon in Chinese folklore. So it's hardly surprising that, in this Year of the Dragon, producers of luxury cars have adopted the symbol to roll out special edition models for the China market.

15 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Riddle of HK$16m racer that's going nowhere fast

It's one of the rarest and most expensive cars in the world and the favourite marque of British superspy 007 James Bond.

The top-of-the-range racer has a massive 750 horsepower and a top speed of more than 320km/h.

So how did this Aston Martin One-77 end up on the back of a low-loader in Hong Kong?

3 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Revival instincts

Bob Fountain bought his first Aston Martin in 1984 after responding to a newspaper advertisement. 'It had been off the road for 12 years and kept in a chicken shed,' he says. 'It was covered in chicken droppings and full of mice nests.'

9 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Reinventing the wheels

As carmakers geared up for tighter European emissions standards being introduced in the coming year, a big focus of 2011 remained the development of hybrid and battery technology, and also cleaner, more efficient petrol engines.

30 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Pursuing urban mobility

Some car lovers scratched their heads when Aston Martin announced it would make a small city car. But if Porsche and Ferrari can make plush four-seaters, a baby Aston might make sense.

25 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Power and elegance

Aston Martin wowed the Shanghai Auto Show in April with the Vantage S, four-door Rapide and its flagship One-77. Owned since 2007 by a consortium of two major investment houses - Investment Dar and Adeem Investment based in Kuwait - the British marque is thriving on the mainland, where sales increased by 25 per cent last year.

16 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

What comes around

Love is lovelier the second time around, so the song goes. Whether this is true of Aston Martin's new V12 Zagato is a matter for time to decide. It has certainly been an intense affair for this writer, who has had the privilege of driving both this new car and the original to which it pays homage.

15 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

No ugly duckling

The Cygnet is like no other Aston Martin. It's just three metres long and powered by a 1.33-litre engine delivering (just about) 100 brake horsepower through a six-speed manual gearbox or automated CVT. But, like the Zagato, the Cygnet has been rebodied by a styling specialist. Aston Martin takes Toyota's iQ city car and changes every body panel except the roof.

15 Jul 2011 - 12:00am