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Aston Martin unveils DBX Concept at Geneva

Aston Martin used its appearance at this year's Geneva Motor Show to unveil the innovative DBX Concept. The all-electric, all-wheel drive vehicle drew plenty of attention at the motor exhibition, and marks a significant shift towards diversification of the British luxury brand.


“The DBX Concept is a challenge to the existing status quo in the high luxury GT segment,” says Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer of unveiling the concept. “It envisages a world, perhaps a world not too far away, when luxury GT travel is not only stylish and luxurious but also more practical, more family-friendly and more environmentally responsible.

 

“I asked my team at Aston Martin to expand their thinking beyond conventions, to explore what the future of luxury GT motoring would look like in years ahead, and the DBX Concept you see before you is the result.”


Palmer was quick to stress that the DBX Concept is still in the very earliest of stages. “This is, clearly, not a production-ready sports GT car, but it is a piece of fresh, bold thinking about what Aston Martin GT customers around the world could request of us in the future.


“The DBX Concept is more than a thought starter for us and for our customers, though. We will, in due course, be entering a car into the new DBX space and I am very much looking forward to seeing how this concept is received not only here today, but also by our legion of existing loyal customers and by those potential customers around the world who have, to this point, yet to consider one of our cars.”

 

Embracing the latest engineering techniques and theories, the DBX Concept needs no engine compartment thanks to its use of electric, inboard-of-wheel, motors powered by lithium sulphur cells.


Drive-by-wire electric steering, toughened glass with an auto-dimming ‘smart glass’ inter-layer, and bespoke driver and passenger head-up displays are further examples of its cutting edge technology.

 


Active LED exterior lights, carbon ceramic brakes with a kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) and rear view cameras in place of conventional mirrors also underline the mould-breaking nature of this luxury GT concept.


“A concept car such as this should, in my view, challenge conventional thinking and explore the art of the possible,” Palmer explains. “In the DBX Concept, I believe we have created a new type of luxury car that can not only broaden the appeal of Aston Martin to a whole new generation of customers, but sit with pride alongside the rest of our range.”

5 March 2015


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