British manufacturer Aston Martin are reviewing more than 10 sites across the world in order to build a new factory that will manufacture its new luxury SUV.
The Warwickshire-based, luxury car manufacturer is understood to have its eyes set on Coventry – which could mean a return of mass car manufacturing to the city for the first time since Jaguar Land Rover closed Browns Lane in 2005. With one factory in Gaydon, Coventry would certainly make the ideal place to manufacture its DBX crossover for the new SUV.
Coventry City Council officials have been in talks with Aston Martin for reportedly months in order to secure more than 10 acres of land at a secret location in the city. The deal would create about 600 jobs to the industry.
Although huge interest has been expressed, Coventry is also understood to be in competition with a site in the USA and another in Wales. Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer has previously mentioned that the plant with Alabama was an “obvious choice” because the auto-maker’s industrial partner, Daimler, builds Mercedes-Benz SUVs nearby.
It is expected Aston Martin will reach a decision by October… so watch this space!
Source: Auto News