New £150m investment deal with Investindustrial underpins new five-year product development programme

Aston Martin has confirmed a partnership deal with industrial solutions and investment company Investindustrial.

The completed deal, which was announced in December 2012, brings £150m worth of investment to Aston Martin.

Aston Martin will use the money to underpin a £500m five-year product development programme, which will be supported by Aston's partners The Investment Dar, Adeem Investment and Investindustrial.

The new backer, Investindustrial, is claimed to be one of Europe's leading investment groups, managing £2.6 billion worth of assets.

Investindustrial states that it "provides industrial expertise, operational focus and global platforms to accelerate value creation and international expansion."

With substantial support, Aston says it is now "well positioned to realise its ambitious growth strategy".

The manufacturer will remain based at Gaydon, where its headquarters and factory are currently based. The news follows the announcement that Aston's boss, Ulrich Bez, will step down to take a more ambassadorial role at the firm.

Aston Martin's new models include the Rapide S, a 550bhp four-door grand tourer.

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haz

2 May 2013

Im glad Aston have secured the funds to start thinking of a new name for their next VH platform car. Heck if we are lucky we might get a new design of headlamps, or maybe they will change the colour of the rear lights? They should call it the Aston Martin DB9 Dejavu Again edition. All new of course.

No but seriously, they should learn from the F-Type. The engine can be traced back to the decades old AJV8, it uses a modified chassis from the XK, but the F-Type looks completely different and separate from the XK with a big shift in character. Why cant Aston follow suit and make something original from whatever's lying around in Gaydon?

TBC

2 May 2013

Can one assume that the two figures mentioned indicate that AM expects to realise the remaining 350 million from selling their current range?

And although that sounds like a lot of money, it will require very careful investment to maximise the profit potential. Hit the market sweet spot and AM could reap the benefits for a decade, miss it and the next decade could prove be very lean indeed.

2 May 2013

I am afraid, 150 million is a pocket money in the world of automobiles.

Sorry for being negative but I think the only way Aston can compete with Porsche and others is to be bough by one of the automotive giants.  The same goes to Lotus.

Just incase you haven't noticed yet, bank managers will NEVER - EVER  be able to run a car company ( of any size) sucessfully.

2 May 2013

rocketscience wrote:

I think the only way Aston can compete with Porsche and others is to be bough by one of the automotive giants.  The same goes to Lotus.

Just incase you haven't noticed yet, bank managers will NEVER - EVER  be able to run a car company ( of any size) sucessfully.

I think you're right too.   Aston needs a big brother to give it access to technology that would be outside the scope of such a small company.   What Porsche have done very effectively is disguise the use of some fairly cheap parts; without criticism from the journalists!   It seems that whenever a UK car company does similar the automotive journalists jump on it with unfair negativity.   Doesn't matter if the most reliable part was already fitted to a Ford Focus, if it's the right part it should be used.

Aston Martins, however, have a certain style that's missing on other brands.   Nor do they have the vulgarity of a Ferrari.   It's a car that you can park in the street.

 

2 May 2013

Any more details on this or is it just words? 

3 May 2013

Is that really worth announcing? I bet ulrich bez has a bigger pension pot.

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