The new Aston Martin DB9 and Vantage will be crucial to Aston's future business plans, as the firm tries to rebuild sales when the economic recovery gets into its stride in 2011/12.
Ravaged by the global recession, sales have almost halved from the heady days of 2007, when they peaked at around 5500 units. Last year output fell back to around 3000 cars.
This year it is forecast to rise to 4000 units from its Gaydon factory, plus around 500 Rapides from Magna in Austria.
The pain might not all be over, however, because insiders report that the running rate at Gaydon in the first half of the year is lagging behind the targeted output.
Aston's production position is also more complex than it has been in recent years, due to the long-term manufacturing agreement it has signed with Magna for the Rapide.
Magna is said to be contracted to build 2000 Rapides a year for the next six years, a deal that guarantees Magna a fee of around £1600 for each car it builds. Pulling out of the contract is said to be likely to cost Aston up to £17m in compensation, figures that the firm prefers not to discuss.
The financial stability of Aston's biggest shareholder, the Kuwaiti firm Investment Dar, is also reported to be improving.
Dar, which bought 51 per cent from Ford in 2007, hit repayment problems on part of its £2.3bn of debt last year. This debt covers property, transport and finance investments, as well as Aston.