Aston Martin is planning to go to the stock market within two years to fund its next generation of cars.
Ulrich Bez, chief executive, told The Times neewspaper that the group would have to sell shares to the public to develop new models.
He added that while Aston had been consistently profitable and had been able to fund developments of new cars such as the Rapide and further variants of its DB9 and Vantage models from its own resources, it couldn't afford to develop all-new cars alone.
Aston was acquired in 2007 from Ford by two Kuwaiti investment groups, Investment Dar and Adeem Investment, for £589m. The investment groups are expected to retain a majority shareholding.
Bez also revealed that he is expecting to sell at leat 4000 Cygnets - the Toyota iQ based luxury city car - a year, at a price of around £30,000.
He added that the Lagonda SUV project remains in Aston's long-term plans.