fbpx
Connect with us

Luxury Cars

Aston Martin Appoints Mercedes-AMG boss Tobias Moers as New CEO

Published

on

Aston Martin announces Dr. Andy Palmer will be stepping down as President and Group Chief Executive and Mercedes-AMG boss Tobias Moers appointed as the new CEO.
Aston Martin announces new CEO - Tobias Moers.
Aston Martin announces new CEO – Tobias Moers. Credit: Aston Martin

It’s been an eventful year so far for Aston Martin. It’s no secret the share price has taken a battering since the brand’s 2018 IPO (falling to almost 90% below the initial listing price) and seeking a much-needed cash injection into the business to be able to deliver on the highly anticipated DBX SUV, Aston Martin accepted a 20% ownership bid from Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll and the Yew Tree investment consortium earlier this year.

A savvy businessman who has already made his own fortune in the expansion of fashion brands like Michael Kors and Tommy Hilfiger, Lawrence was appointed Executive Chairman of Aston Martin in April and not long after announced his Formula 1 team “Racing Point ” would be rebranded as Aston Martin from 2021 in a bid to return the luxury automaker back to Formula 1.

Now the latest shake-up comes via the management team as Aston Martin confirms that Dr. Andy Palmer will be stepping down as President and Group Chief Executive of the luxury auto group and will be replaced by Mercedes AMG boss Tobias Moers.

Aston Martin's departing CEO Dr Andy Palmer
Aston Martin’s outgoing CEO Dr. Andy Palmer with all the team. Credit: Aston Martin

Having led at the helm of Aston Martin since October 2014, Dr. Andy Palmer’s time brought fresh life to the British marque with his tenure including the launch of the new twin-turbo V12 DB11, V8 Vantage, Valkyrie, DBS Superleggera and the DBX SUV.

Acknowledging Andy Palmer’s legacy at Aston Martin, Lawrence Stroll shared, “On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Andy for his hard work, personal commitment and dedication to Aston Martin Lagonda since 2014. In that time the Company has successfully renewed its core sports car range, with the DB11, Vantage and DBS Superleggera and has brought the brand’s first SUV, DBX to a point of readiness for deliveries to start in the summer. Furthermore, the development of the era-defining Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar has paved the way for the mid-engined range to come. I would also like to recognize his leadership through the current challenges and uncertainties presented by COVID-19.”

The DBX will be the luxury automakers first SUV
The DBX will be the luxury automakers first SUV. Credit: Aston Martin

In a message to his team at Aston Martin, Dr. Andy Palmer noted “it has been a privilege to serve Aston Martin Lagonda for almost six years. The launch of many new products including the new DBX demonstrates the dedication and capability of our employees. I would like to thank my management team and all the staff for their hard work and support, particularly during the challenges presented by COVID-19. I am proud of you all and it’s been an honour to work with you.”

Taking over the reigns from Dr. Andy Palmer, Tobias Moers is set to join the team from August 1 at the Gaydon headquarters having previously spent more than 25 years at Daimler AG in senior roles and most recently headed Mercedes-AMG GmbH as Chairman of the Management Board and Chief Executive Officer since 2013.

Speaking on his new appointment at Aston Martin, Tobias Moers shared, “I am truly excited to be joining Aston Martin Lagonda at this point of its development. I have always had a passion for performance cars and relish the chance to work for this iconic brand which I was close to on the technical side at the beginning of the partnership between the two companies. Following the arrival of Lawrence, as Executive Chairman, the significant investment from his Yew Tree Consortium, the completion of the equity raise and the reset, I believe that there is a significant opportunity to harness the strengths of the business to successfully deliver the planned product expansion and brand elevation. I am looking forward to working with Lawrence and the whole Aston Martin team to build a stronger business for our customers, our employees, our partners and our shareholders.”

The anticipated Aston Martin Valkyrie will continue under Tobias Moers management.
The anticipated Aston Martin Valkyrie will continue under Tobias Moers management. Credit: Aston Martin

Having quadrupled sales during his time at Mercedes-AMG, Tobias Moers reputation proceeds him well and he will do doubt have a few expectations on his shoulders to deliver the turn-around Aston Martin shareholders are looking for.

Advertisement
Comments

Luxury Cars

Bugatti Shares Customer’s Divo “Lady Bug”

Published

on

One of the last Bugatti Divo’s to be delivered has been dubbed “Lady Bug” and features a geometric fading pattern across the bodywork.
The new Bugatti Divo Lady Bug. Credit: Bugatti
The new Bugatti Divo Lady Bug. Credit: Bugatti

When it was first introduced in 2018, the Bugatti Divo was already one of the world’s most in-demand hypercars, with only 40 vehicles available worldwide.

1600 diamond-shapes across the bodywork outlined in "Graphite". Credit: Bugatti
1600 diamond-shapes across the bodywork outlined in “Graphite”. Credit: Bugatti

Not long after its launch, a USA-based collector known as @officialbugattihellbee placed an order for a special Divo “Lady Bug” that would feature an eye-catching geometric fading design across the “Customer Special Red” bodywork.

Took almost two years to perfect the diamond design. Credit: Bugatti
Took almost two years to perfect the diamond design. Credit: Bugatti

At the beginning of the project, no one could have envisioned the project’s complexity and just how difficult it would prove to paint the diamonds onto the vehicle without distorting the design.

Bugatti Divo Ladybug Side Stairs View

What now appears as a flawlessly designed Bugatti Divo ended up taking almost two years to create as the CAD modelers, and production team worked to perfect the design of the 1,600 diamond shapes across the contours, curves, and ribs of the Divo “Lady Bug.”

Bugatti Divo Ladybug Diamond Shaped Panelling

“The ‘Lady Bug’ was an exceptional challenge and at the same time an unforgettable experience. Due to the nature of the project, where a 2D graphic was applied to a 3D sculpture, and after numerous failed ideas and attempts to apply the diamonds, we were close to giving up and saying: ‘We cannot meet the customer’s request’,” explains Jörg Grumer, Head of Color & Trim at Bugatti Design. “However, it is our profound conviction that we should never give up and that our foremost motivation should always be to make the impossible possible for the customer. We are proud of the expertise we applied in creating this Divo: a high quality and complex product based on pure craftsmanship and outstanding teamwork between design and development.”

Bugatti Divo Ladybug Diamond Shape Bodywork

Once the CAD team had completed the exterior graphic design of the Lady Bug, the application onto the bodywork was relatively smooth, with employees completing the process over a few days.

Bugatti Divo Ladybug Fuel Cap

“The thought of this project becoming a reality was not only exciting but a dream of mine,” shared the owner.” I was absolutely floored upon delivery. Working with the Bugatti design team on the Lady Bug’s production was an exceptional experience, not only in the true dedication to the flawless execution of the one of a kind design but also in the dedication at all levels involved in the final presentation of the vehicle. Not only is the vehicle a true masterpiece and work of art, but it is the true height of my collection to date and the most intricate and well developed vehicle I have owned. This is true because the team at Bugatti are truly masters of their craft and only work at the highest level of detail in each masterpiece they produce.”

Bugatti Divo Ladybug Diamond Roof
Bugatti Divo Roof Fin
Bugatti Divo Vents
Bugatti Divo Rear Lights

Continue Reading

Luxury Cars

Porsche Reveals New Electric Taycan Cross Turismo

Published

on

The new Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo is the electric shooting-brake model designed to be taken off-road.
Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo Grey Green Front Side View Villa
The new 2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo. Credit: Porsche

Porsche has revealed the new electric off-road model of the Taycan range known as the “Taycan Cross Turismo” – further strengthening Porche’s commitment to an electric future.

“We see ourselves as pioneers of sustainable mobility: by 2025, half of all the new vehicles we will deliver will have an electrified drive – either fully electric or plug-in hybrid,” said Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG at the world premiere. “In 2020, one in three of all vehicles we delivered in Europe had an electric powertrain. The future belongs to electric mobility. With the Taycan Cross Turismo, we’re taking another major step in this direction.”

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo Grey Front Side View Villa
Porsche predicts 50% of all their vehicles will have an electric drive. Credit: Porsche

Featuring a new high-tech chassis with an all-wheel drive, adaptive air suspension, and a greater load capacity, the Taycan Cross Turismo has been tweaked for an all-around improved off-road experience. Other modifications include a redesigned interior with more headroom for rear-seat passengers, higher ground clearance, and a new bike carrier design that allows the tailgate to be opened even when the bike rack is loaded.

New high-tech chassis with all-wheel drive, adaptive air suspension and greater load capacity. Credit: Porsche
New high-tech chassis with all-wheel drive, adaptive air suspension and greater load capacity. Credit: Porsche

The new Cross Turismo also comes with “Gravel Mode” for better handling on rough roads, and owners can choose to upgrade to the optional “Off-Road package,” which increases the ground clearance by up to 30mm for more extreme terrain.

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo Grey Front Side View

The new Taycan Cross Turismo will come in 4 variants:

The Taycan 4 Cross Turismo

  • With 280 kW (380 PS; CO2 emissions combined 0 g/km, Electricity consumption combined 28.1 kwh/100 km)
  • Overboost power for Launch Control 350 kW (476 PS)
  • Acceleration 0-100 km/h (0-62mph) in 5.1 seconds
  • Top speed 220 km/h (136mph)
  • Range (WLTP) 389 – 456 km
Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo Bike Rack

The Taycan 4S Cross Turismo

  • With 360 kW (490 PS; CO2 emissions combined 0 g/km, Electricity consumption combined 28.1 kwh/100 km)
  • Overboost power with Launch Control 420 kW (571 PS)
  • Acceleration 0-100 km/h (0-62mph) in 4.1 seconds
  • Top speed 240 km/h (149mph)
  • Range (WLTP) 388 – 452 km
Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo Bike Electric

The Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo

  • With 460 kW (625 PS; CO2 emissions combined 0 g/km, Electricity consumption combined 28.7 kwh/100 km)
  • Overboost power with Launch Control 500 kW (680 PS)
  • Acceleration 0-100 km/h (0-62mph) in 3.3 seconds
  • Top speed 250 km/h (155mph)
  • Range (WLTP) 395 – 452 km
Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo Rear Green

The Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo

  • With 460 kW (625 PS; CO2 emissions combined 0 g/km, Electricity consumption combined 29.4 kwh/100 km)
  • Overboost power with Launch Control 560 kW (761 PS)
  • Acceleration 0-100 km/h (0-62mph) in 2.9 seconds
  • Top speed 250 km/h (155mph)
  • Range (WLTP) 388 – 419 km.
Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo Side View Grey

The Performance Battery Plus, which has a total capacity of 93.4 kWh, is always fitted as standard.

Prices for the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo start at US$90,000 and will be available from dealerships this summer.

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo Grey Side View Sunset

Continue Reading

Luxury Cars

Porsche Taycan 4S “ArtCar” Will Be Auctioned for Charity

Published

on

American artist Richard Phillips and Porsche have collaborated on the new Porsche Taycan 4S “Artcar” that will be auctioned for charity.
Porsche Taycan 4S "Artcar" designed by artist Richard Phillips. Credit: Porsche
Porsche Taycan 4S “Artcar” designed by artist Richard Phillips. Credit: RM Sothebys

A new artistic Porsche Taycan 4S created in collaboration with American artist Richard Phillips will be auctioned by RM Sotheby’s to raise funds for Swiss non-profit Suisseculter Sociale, helping to support artists affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Will be auctioned by RM Sotheby's to raise funds for Suisseculter Sociale. Credit: RM Sothebys
Will be auctioned by RM Sotheby’s to raise funds for Suisseculter Sociale. Credit: RM Sothebys

Based on Phillips’s 2010 large-scale painting “Queen of the Night” inspired by Swiss landscape artist Adolf Dietrich’s work, the art wrap features large three-dimensional elements of the floral blooms, blue skies, and butterflies across the body of the Taycan 4S.

Based on Richard Phillips "Queen of the Night" artwork. Credit: RM Sothebys
Based on Richard Phillips “Queen of the Night” artwork. Credit: RM Sothebys

 “The Queen of the Night livery culminates at the rear of the car with its namesake blossom wrapping completely around the bumper while being dramatically lit up by the Taycan’s signature horizontal light bar,” explains Phillips. “Conceptually, my Queen of the Night livery takes into consideration that the design of the Taycan is an instant icon of electric mobility and speed.

Bold florals form the artwork wrap around the electric Taycan 4S. Credit: RM Sothebys
Bold florals form the artwork wrap around the electric Taycan 4S. Credit: RM Sothebys

“Its lines and form are that of the artists and designers at Porsche who strove to communicate this feeling at first sight. I greatly respect this objective. The choice to work with my Dietrich-inspired painting was to reference the natural environment with its beauty and composition reimagined in concert with the sweeping gestures of the Taycan. Dietrich’s intimate relationship to the landscape was more than mere representation of the environment around him. It was to communicate the soul of Switzerland and Lake Constance. His art is universally recognized for this, and is something that I have been deeply moved by.”

Painted at a live event at Porsche partner pop-up restaurant. Credit: RM Sothebys
Painted at a live event at Porsche partner pop-up restaurant. Credit: RM Sothebys

Created at a live event at Porsche partner pop-up restaurant “Leuehof” in Zurich, the electric Porsche Taycan 4S Artcar was initially displayed in the culinary art space of the restaurant until COVID-19 regulations forced the closure of the restaurant in December 2020.

Porsche Taycan 4S Artcar

With the restaurant remaining closed due to the pandemic, the Porsche Taycan 4S Artcar will now make a series of appearances at various Porsche Centers in Switzerland before the online auction at www.rmsothebys.com that will run from April 6 – 13, 2021.

To ensure the full amount of the auction proceeds will go to charity, artist Richard Phillips, auction house RM Sotheby’s, and Porsche Schweiz AG have all agreed to forgo fees and commissions so that Suisseculture Sociale can distribute funds to hardship cases who would not be otherwise eligible for assistance.

Porsche Taycan 4S Artcar bonnet
Porsche Taycan 4S Artcar roof

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Trending