History of Aston Martin
One of the most famous brands of luxury cars, "Aston Martin", was founded in 1904 by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford, and in the early years of its existence was known by the surnames of its founders. The first cars were designed exclusively for the needs of athletes who participated in various competitions around the world. One of these athletes were himself and Lionel Martin, who on the ground of his vehicles Singer-10 has won the prestigious race "Aston". That is exactly what a modern company name "Aston Martin".
However, the second model was developed two years after registration of the trademark and its planned large-scale production, which was prevented by the outbreak of the First World War. However, it was released a few test samples, which were bought out by one of the largest airlines in the country.
After the war, production was never established, and in 1947 ruined the company "Aston Martin was bought by businessman David brown, who was a longtime fan of Lionel Martin and avid collector of sports cars. By the way, brown and added the famous DB to the name of the models that are used today.
In 1957 came the first two models "Aston Martin" - DB1 and its racing modification DBR1. In addition, the Englishman bought a racing company "Lagonda", a development which made it possible to upgrade DBR1 so that she could participate in a twenty-four hour marathon Le Mans, who immediately obeyed enterprising and ambitious company. In 1959 he was confident won, but the only victory, which for many years will excite new owners of the brand.
However, David brown decided that it was time to conquer the world famous far beyond the borders of France and great Britain. The best solution became involved in the film about James bond. Released by the time the Aston Martin DB5 was the elegant design and solid features of a sports car. The model for the film has received a more powerful engine in 4 liters, compared with 3.7 in the standard model, as well as the world's first five-speed sports transmission and the soft suspension, which deadened the rolls at the entrance to rotate at high speed. As a result, the Aston Martin DB5 has become the best selling sports car of the time on both sides of the Atlantic.
However, exhausted by illness and beginning of the financial difficulties in connection with the modernization of production, David brown decides to sell the company in 1972. The new owners were not less ambicioznyj than David brown in 1947. Was released the model Aston Martin V8, which has reduced to zero sales competitors from Lamborghini and Ferrari in the UK throughout 1972. In addition, an attempt was made to revive the company "Lagonda" and sold under this brand cheap version of cars "Aston Martin". But problems occurred and the new owners, who were forced to sell a controlling stake in Aston Martin" the company "Ford".
Within six years, the American concern conducted a complete restructuring "Aston Martin", and in 1993 were repurchased the remaining shares. The result of the control Ford was the release of Aston Martin DB6 and DB7, whose sales every year grew 6 thousand sold copies in 2001. In addition, Ford announced in 2003, two new models of the Aston Martin DB9 and Vanquish, which were finally bring English brand leaders in sales in its segment worldwide.
After only 3 months, Ford has unexpectedly announced plans to sell Aston Martin", which was done in January 2004. New owners became Arab investors "Aabar" and "Prodrive", headed by David Richards. He occupied a chair of General Director of "Aston Martin". The main solution was the use of the platform DB9 for production of new models in the future.
In 2002, the company announced the launch of a thousandth of a car.
In 2003 at the Detroit auto show was presented a new model of Aston Martin AMV8 Vantage. In the same year was opened the factory in Hadone and announced models Vanquish and DB9. At the end of 2003, the company reported a return to Motorsport in 2005. Specifically for this unit was established Aston Martin Racing.
In 2006 the company became profitable for the first time in several decades. But in the same year, Ford due to the resulting financial problems put Aston Martin up for sale. The head of the company was Ulrich bez.
In August 2007 began to collect new flagship DBS.
And in 2008, began selling elegant sports coupe sedan Rapide.
In 2010 he was presented an updated model DB9.
Today, the company continues to produce sports cars Gran Turismo and luxury sedans Hi End. Current lineup includes Vanquish, Rapid and DB9. However, funding has declined substantially since its acquisition by the consortium "ProDrive", but it doesn't cast the company in a crisis, every year production increases, and for each of the models by the company have a long line that stretched for several months. The reason the quest for the ideal - build is currently being manually engines collect in empty shop, design and develop the best designers of Europe, and materials for interior uses only natural. Perfectionism "Aston Martin" and brings other fruits - the hire company will certainly gather all the most important awards, such as the car of the year, best performance and the quickest sedan class GT.