As­ton Martin tests SUV in N.Wales

Bangor Mail - - NEWS -

AS­TON Martin came to North Wales to give the lux­ury brand’s first SUV its maiden road test – tak­ing on one of the stages of the Wales Rally GB.

The brand lat­est ve­hi­cle – named the DBX – brought its devel­op­ment pro­to­type to the re­gion for its first test (pic­tured).

It was in the hands of the com­pany’s chief en­gi­neer Matt Becker when it tack­led a stage used re­cently in the rally.

The com­pany has not re­vealed which stage it was – as they plan to come back – but said it was “close to Snow­do­nia”.

Among the stage lo­ca­tions this year were Clo­caenog For­est, Brenig, Gwydir For­est and land around Pen­machno and Dol­gel­lau and sharp eyed read­ers may be able to work out the route from the video and im­ages.

North Wales has been a hit with car com­pa­nies in re­cent months with the new Mercedes ‘glam­per­van’ and po­ten­tial new As­ton Martin ‘Bond car’ com­ing to the re­gion.

DBX is sched­uled to be un­veiled in the last quar­ter of 2019 and will be built at As­ton Martin Lagonda’s St Athan fa­cil­ity in South Wales. It is ex­pected to cost around £140,000.

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