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Aston Martin looking globally for plant site

Aston Martin is considering at least 10 sites around the world for a second auto plant, according to Automotive News Europe.

The auto-industry trade publication reported Tuesday that sites in the United States, Europe and elsewhere are under review.

Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer had said this spring that the company is considering locations in the United Kingdom and United States and called Alabama the “obvious choice” for a new plant to build the company’s new DBX crossover.

Palmer said he liked Alabama because Aston Martin’s industrial partner and part owner, Daimler, has its Mercedes-Benz plant in Vance. Daimler will be supplying engines and electronics for the DBX. The company plans to make around 3,000 DBX vehicles annually.

Aston Martin makes about 4,000 high-performance luxury autos at its sole factory in Gaydon, England, which has no room for expansion.

Automotive News Europe noted that last week, British Prime Minister David Cameron told BBC News that the British government has offered Aston Martin a former air force hangar in Wales for production of the vehicle.

The Finanical Times, meanwhile, reported last week that Aston Martin’s board will consider the options for the new plant at its meeting in October.


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