The arrival of Andy Palmer as chief executive of Aston Martin is about the best news we car lovers could have hoped for.

Apart from the comforting fact that Palmer is a proud Brit – still a desirable credential when it comes to running a company whose fundamental values are all British – he's also an accomplished engineer who loves cars and the car business.

Even better, he is an instinctive supporter of ground-breaking technology, as evidenced by his strong support for the Nissan Zeod hybrid Le Mans project and the more recent Bladeglider sports car concept that uses its most radical chassis principles.

Most of all, Palmer is a grown-up. He has spent years in the ivory tower of the Nissan-Renault empire, negotiating mammoth deals with (and sometimes against) Carlos Ghosn, one of the biggest corporate beasts of all. He will have all the confidence required to steer a British supercar company into the new technology and profitability era that is needed.

It's a near-certainty that Palmer will already have faced up to potential complications surrounding Aston's peculiar ownership structure that has led others in the frame to doubt that they would have freedom to operate.