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Aston Martin picks Beijing for DBX launch

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The company, whose traditional sports models have seen demand suffer amid challenges from Brexit and global trade tensions, aims to lift total sales to 14,000 autos by 2023 from about 6,440 last year.
WEDNESDAY 06, NOVEMBER 2019

Aston Martin Lagonda Global Holdings will launch its first sport-utility vehicle in Beijing this month, highlighting China’s importance as a key market for a model the company says will help double sales, reported Bloomberg.

The luxury carmaker, whose stock is down 78 per cent since listing 13 months ago, will price the DBX from $189,900, pitching it between Lamborghini’s best-selling Urus SUV, which starts at $200,000 and the $165,000 Bentley Bentayga.

Aston Martin is counting on the DBX to spur demand in markets where wealthy individuals tend to favor more-rugged autos because of the poor quality of roads such as China and Russia. Sales at Volkswagen’s Lamborghini surged 50 per cent last year, with the Urus accounting for almost a third of the tally, while Ferrari plans to join the supercar-SUV club with the Purosangue in 2022.

England-based Aston Martin has also pegged future borrowing to the success of the Welsh-built DBX, with $100 million of bonds available only if it sells 1,400 cars by the middle of next year.

The DBX will feature a 4.0 litre twin-turbo V8 producing 550 horsepower, with a top speed of over 180 mph.

Orders for the DBX will open on 20 November 2019, the same day as the Beijing event, with deliveries starting next year.

 

TAGS: ASTON MARTIN LAGONDA GLOBAL HOLDINGS URUS SUV DBX PUROSANGUE
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