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20th November 2019

First car made at new Aston Martin St Athan factory

BY: Nathan Spackman

Aston Martin has today launched its first car, made at its new factory in St Athan.

The company hopes it will deliver a sales boost, after it posted losses of £13.5 million in the three months to September.

To attract the carmaker to the Vale of Glamorgan, the Welsh Government pledged millions of pounds of public money. The St Athan plant is set to employ 750 when it is fully operational.

The first car to be made there, the DBX sport utility vehicle will be unveiled by the company today.

Aston Martin said it was the "culmination of an extensive development programme that began with physical testing in Wales last year and virtual development stretching back to 2015".

Earlier this year, Aston Martin announced it was borrowing £116.7m to bolster its financial position ahead of the launch.The Welsh Government pledged £18.8m in grants to attract the carmaker, with the funding linked to job creation, skills training and research and development.

Aston Martin has previously said St Athan will also be its "home of electrification" where it will build its new Lagonda and RapidE cars, although these will be produced on a much smaller scale.

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