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



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.


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Limited Edition Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos Made For Those Who Love Puzzles



The limited-edition Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos comes with a secret code to crack and only two people in the world know the answer.
Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos Collection Front Side View
The Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos in “Kryptos Green”. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

The Rolls-Royce Bespoke team is responsible for some of the most creative and imaginative editions designed. Now it looks like they’re adding a puzzling edition to keep car owners on their toes – the Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos Collection.

Limited to 50 vehicles in total, the special Wraith Kryptos, which comes in a unique “Kryptos Green”, incorporates a series of complex ciphers throughout the design for owners looking for a one-of-a-kind challenge.

Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos Collection Starlight Headliner
Matrix-like Starlight Headliner. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

“The name Kryptos is derived from Ancient Greek, referring to something unseen, hidden and coded, mythical even” shared Rolls-Royce Bespoke Designer, Katrin Lehmann. “Ciphers can be traced through millennia, capturing the imagination of some of the world’s most brilliant minds.

“As a designer, I’ve always been fascinated by the notion that you can communicate messages that are understood by only an elite few, using symbols, pictograms, and ciphers. Finding the key becomes integral to appreciating the full meaning of an item that can otherwise be viewed simply as a work of art.”

Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos Collection Spirit of Ecstasy
The puzzle starts with the Spirit of Ecstasy. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

For the uninitiated, the encrypted cipher codes look like an intricate embellishment woven throughout the car design. However, for the code-breakers, the mysterious journey begins with dot-dash engraving found at the base of the Spirit of Ecstasy and carries on throughout the rest of the car and can be found in the external coach striping, embroidered headrests and “Matrix” look starlight headliner.

Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos Collection Cryptic Details
…and continues through to the interior of the Wraith Kryptos. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Owners who think they have cracked the code can submit their answers to the invite-only Rolls-Royce Whispers app. However, only two people at the Rolls-Royce headquarters are privy to the answer, kept in a sealed envelope in the safe of the Chief Executive Officer at Goodwood, West Sussex.

Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos Collection Interior
Kryptos Green detailing throughout the interior. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Sharing on the concept of the Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos Torsten Müller-Ötvös, current CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, commented, “The brilliant and creative minds of our Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective have excelled once again, creating an extraordinarily contemporary and compelling iteration of Wraith. The Wraith Kryptos Collection, on first glance, is a statement of dynamism. On closer examination, a series of messages are hidden behind a unique Rolls-Royce cipher. I look forward to seeing whether any of our clients will crack the code!”

Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos Collection Aerial View

No word has been given yet on pricing for the Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos Collection, but it’s most likely the Sherlock Holmes experience will come at a premium to the standard Wraith.

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New Lamborghini Sián Roadster Hybrid: Only 19 Will Be Made



The already sold-out Lamborghini Sián Roadster is the company’s first hybrid roadster and is powered by a supercapacitor instead of lithium-ion cells.
The Lamborghini Sián Roadster hybrid super sports car.
The Lamborghini Sián Roadster hybrid super sports car. Credit: Lamborghini

Lamborghini has officially revealed the new Lamborghini Sián Roadster – inspired by the Sián FKP 37 hybrid concept car first unveiled at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show.

After a week of Lamborghini teasing their new release with ambiguous images across social media, the Italian supercar maker has come forth with the latest hybrid creation.

Limited to only 19 vehicles (which are already sold-out), the Sián Roadster is the company’s first hybrid roadster and powered by Lamborghini’s 6.5-liter V12 engine with unique hybrid technologies that can produce up to 819 horsepower (602kW) of thermal and electric power.

Lamborghini Sian Roadster Hybrid Rear Side View
The Lamborghini Sián Roadster will produce up to 819 horsepower. Credit: Lamborghini

“The Sián Roadster encapsulates the spirit of Lamborghini,” says Stefano Domenicali, Automobili Lamborghini Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “It is the expression of breathtaking design and extraordinary performance, but most importantly embodies important future technologies. The Sián’s innovative hybrid powertrain heralds the direction for Lamborghini super sports cars, and the open-top Sián Roadster affirms a desire for the ultimate lifestyle Lamborghini as we move towards a tomorrow demanding new solutions.”

Only 19 Lamborghini Sián Roadster's will be built.
Only 19 Lamborghini Sián Roadster’s will be built. Credit: Lamborghini

Unlike many other electric vehicle manufacturers, the Sián Roadster uses a supercapacitor developed in collaboration with MIT in Boston, which can store ten more times power than lithium-ion batteries and delivers optimum performance.

Located in the bulkhead between the cockpit and engine, the supercapacitor and e-motor system weighs only 34kg and works in conjunction with the V12 engine and a new powertrain.

Sian Roadster Hybrid Interior Cockpit
The Sián Roadster’s new interior cockpit design. Credit: Lamborghini

The 48-volt e-motor itself delivers an additional 34hp for a total of 819hp (602kW), allowing the Sián Roadster to reach a top speed of over 218mph/350kmh and accelerate from 0 – 60mph 100kmh in less than 2.8 seconds.

The e-motor system also provides immediate response and supports low-speed manoeuvres (like reversing and parking) with electric power.

Lamborghini interior customisation
Endless customisation opportunities available to owners. Credit: Lamborghini

Another feature of the Sián Roadster is the regenerative braking system specially developed by Lamborghini. Unlike regular lithium-ion batteries, the supercapacitor’s symmetric behavior means that they can be charged and discharged with the same power, meaning the Sián’s energy storage system charges every time the vehicle brakes.

Each time the driver brakes, energy is stored in an instantly-available power boost which the driver can draw on immediately when accelerating away (making it 10% faster than a vehicle without this system).

Lamborghini Sian Roadster Tail lights exhaust rear view
Lamborghini Sián Roadster debuts in “Blu Uranas”. Credit: Lamborghini

Design-wise, the launch model of the Sián Roadster debuted in a color known as “Blu Uranas” with “Oro Electrum” wheels and “Blu Glauco” detailing, specially selected by Lamborghini’s Centro Stile and Ad Personam departments.

Carrying the unmistakable Lamborghini hexagonal DNA throughout the entire design, the Sián Roadster shares many of the same design elements of the coupe version, although it adds new details like the engine bonnet, the roll bar integrated into the front windscreen and aerodynamic wind vanes.

Sian Roadster Hybrid Rear View
Lamborghini’s hexagonal DNA continues through with the Sián Roadster. Credit: Lamborghini

No prices have been announced yet, but with all 19 limited editions already sold, you’ll most likely have to sell a kidney to get one anyway.

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The New James Bond Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation



Fancy yourself the next James Bond? The new Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation, complete with all its gadgets might just be your cup of tea.
Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation Edition. Credit: Aston Martin
Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation Edition. Credit: Aston Martin

After more than 50 years, Aston Martin has decided it is high time the gadget cars of the early James Bond make a comeback, with the first “Job 1” DB5 Goldfinger Continuation rolling off the production line (after a few extra modifications from the “Q’s” at Aston Martin).

Limited to 25 editions and built in collaboration with EON Productions, the new Goldfinger DB5 continuation model is the first new DB5 to be built in more than 50 years.

The Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation's rear smoke screen delivery system in action. Credit: Aston Martin
The Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation’s rear smoke screen delivery system in action. Credit: Aston Martin

Originally built between 1963 and 1965, only 900 saloon examples of the classic Aston Martin DB5 were originally constructed, but thanks to its iconic appearance in the 1964 James Bond film “Goldfinger,” it has since been dubbed by some as “the most famous car in the world.”

Exterior paint color "Silver Birch" just like the original. Credit: Aston Martin
Exterior paint color “Silver Birch” just like the original. Credit: Aston Martin

Marek Reichman, Chief Creative Officer of Aston Martin Lagonda, said: “The DB5 is, without question, the most famous car in the world by virtue of its 50-plus year association with James Bond. To see, the first customer car finished, and realise that this is the first new DB5 we have built in more than half a century, really is quite a moment.

“It is a genuine privilege, and significant responsibility, to have been involved in the shaping of this new DB5 and to be helping to lead the creation of new versions of this automotive icon. I’m absolutely certain that the 25 lucky owners who are beginning to take delivery of these cars will be thrilled with them.”

These days the new DB5 Goldfinger Continuation takes around 4,500 hours of construction to create a working car complete with many of the operable gadgets from the movie, created by Bond film special effects supervisor Chris Corbould OBE.

Sharing the original DB5 styled aluminum exterior body panels and an authentic DB5 mild steel chassis structure, the new DB5 Goldfinger Continuations are powered by a 4.0-liter naturally aspirated inline six-cylinder engine and are only available in one exterior color – “Silver Birch,” just like the original James Bond car.

The Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation interior. Credit: Aston Martin
The Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation interior. Credit: Aston Martin

It’s important to note the Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation is not “road-legal,” (which is slightly disappointing if we’re honest and rules out about 98% of the locations you’d want to test out the gadgets). However, if its any consolation, you could still take it to a track to test out the following list of Bond-inspired gadgets.

Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation Exterior Gadgets:
  • Rear smoke screen delivery system
  • Rear simulated oil slick delivery system
  • Revolving number plates front and rear (triple plates)
  • Simulated twin front machine guns
  • Bullet resistant rear shield
  • Battering rams front and rear
  • Simulated tyre slasher
  • Removable passenger seat roof panel (optional equipment)
Rear simulated oil slick delivery system. Credit: Aston Martin
Rear simulated oil slick delivery system. Credit: Aston Martin
Revolving number plates for when you need to go incognito. Credit: Aston Martin
Revolving number plates for when you need to go incognito. Credit: Aston Martin
Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation Interior Gadgets:
  • Simulated radar screen tracker map
  • Telephone in driver’s door
  • Gear knob actuator button
  • Armrest and center console-mounted switchgear
  • Under-seat hidden weapons/storage tray
  • Remote control for gadget activation
Simulated radar screen tracker map. Credit: Aston Martin
Simulated radar screen tracker map. Credit: Aston Martin
Gear knob actuator button. Credit: Aston Martin
Gear knob actuator button. Credit: Aston Martin
Telephone in drivers door. Credit: Aston Martin
Telephone in drivers door. Credit: Aston Martin
Remote control for gadget activation. Credit: Aston Martin
Remote control for gadget activation. Credit: Aston Martin

First deliveries of the 25 special DB5 Goldfinger Continuation vehicles to their owners have already commenced and will continue through the second half of 2020.

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