'We have to finance three models and a new factory - we need a new factory and we are 99% sure that we have a site,' said Reitzle. He declined to give further details, but added: 'We will know in three to four months.' A team of engineering and finance experts is studying the business case for the car and will soon be handing over their findings to Reitzle.
Ford, which acquired the company for an estimated £20 million in 1987, has invested heavily in improving facilities, enhancing the product line-up and integrating the Newport Pagnell and Bloxham factories. Aston's annual volume is 700 units and the 3,000th example of the DB7 has just been delivered to a customer in the US, where supplies of the Vantage version are sold out to the end of June.