The Aston Martin DB9 is still one of the world's most beautiful cars, but it's also getting long in the tooth. Although Aston has done a good job of keeping it fresh in the 13 years since its launch, a concrete update to the DB line is more than a little overdue. Thankfully, Gaydon's finest engineers and designers look to have nailed the followup – the DB11 – which has just been unveiled in Geneva.
Last October, Aston Martin revealed an all-electric RapidE concept car at a China state visit to the UK. This was followed up at CES in January by showing a Rapide S that incorporated an Internet of the Vehicle (IOV) system from Chinese technology company LeTV, (now known as LeEco). Now the two companies have reinforced their partnership by signing a deal that will see an all-electric Rapide on the market by 2018.Read More
This year's CES showed that commuter and luxury cars are undergoing a small digital revolution – from Volkswagen's gesture control, to BMW's future interaction, to Audi's virtual dashboard. Even high-end sports cars got in on the action. Aston Martin collaborated with LeTV in adding some serious screen space to its Rapide S.
Several storied automobiles crossed the auction block at RM-Sotheby's New York "Driven by Disruption" sale on December 10, the last big sale of the year before the Scottsdale round of auctions in January begin 2016. The star of the show was Fangio's 1956 Ferrari 290 MM which fetched US$28 million and became the third most expensive car ever sold. Janis Joplin's psychedelic 1964 Porsche 356C SC Cabriolet was expected to sell for between $400,000 and $600,000, but fetched $1.7 million to set a record for the Porsche 356. Finally, Roy Rogers' 1963 Pontiac Bonneville Nudiemobile fetched $308,000, which is a record for a Bonneville, but still less than his saddle ($386,500) or his Martin guitar ($554,500). Read More
Aston Martin has revealed an all-new RapidE as part of the current China state visit to the UK. The concept car features an all-electric powertrain in place of the V12 on the production Rapide S sedan and, with the help of a Chinese investment group, could be launched as a production electric Rapide within a two-year timeframe.Read More
One of only three models ever made, an early 1970s Aston Martin "Sotheby Special" has surfaced after almost 40 years in storage, and is set to be auctioned later this year. With a bespoke fiberglass body mounted on a DBS V8 chassis, the vehicle was a radical departure from Aston Martin styling of the time. Given the dilapidated state of this particular example, however, it looks like it will require a good deal of restoration to bring that style back to life.Read More
It's not all that long ago, that a car selling at auction for more than the magical million dollar mark would bring a round of applause, recognizing the significance of the sale. The continuing rise in values of top tier collectible cars has now seen more than 1300 cars fetch more than a million dollars, with hundreds more sold each year and 2015 set for a new record. Less than a month after Monterey Car Week saw more than 80 "Million Dollar Cars" sell, a further 14 cars topped the magic million dollar mark across six auctions in eight days. Despite some forebodings that the collectible car market had finally "topped out", it appears that predictions of its demise were somewhat premature.Read More
Since the DB5 debuted in Goldfinger more than 50 years ago, Bond and Aston Martin have gone hand-in-hand. Now the British sports car marque has created a special edition DB9 to celebrate the long-running relationship.Read More
The Monterey Car Week auctions have come and gone, and the analysts are still trying to sort through the numbers to figure out what they mean. There were more auctions and more cars presented this year than ever before, and the two biggest collectible car auction houses (RM Sotheby's and Gooding & Co.) grew sales considerably year-on-year, but the overall gross take for the combined auctions comes in within a few dollars of last year's record numbers. Like all those who ply the trade as buyers or sellers, the market appears stronger at the top end and slightly softer in the middle.Read More
The sixty fifth anniversary of the first Pebble Beach auto racing weekend is now much greater than anyone could have envisaged when California's Monterey Peninsula community began this journey. Originally a race and low-key concours boasting European style racing cars, it has now evolved into what is known as Monterey Car Week. Camera in hand, Somer Hooker attended almost everything of significance at the 2015 event.Read More
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