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September 1, 2006 | John O'Dell, Times Staff Writer
Ford Motor Co. is licensed to sell: The struggling automaker Thursday said it was looking to unload Aston Martin Lagonda, whose luxury sports cars were James Bond's preferred ride. Selling the British carmaker, part of Ford's Premier Automotive Group, is unlikely to make much difference to Ford's bottom line, analysts said. But a sale would free time and talent to concentrate on the woes affecting the company's core Ford, Lincoln and Mercury brands.
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September 1, 2006 | John O'Dell, Times Staff Writer
Ford Motor Co. is licensed to sell: The struggling automaker Thursday said it was looking to unload Aston Martin Lagonda, whose luxury sports cars were James Bond's preferred ride. Selling the British carmaker, part of Ford's Premier Automotive Group, is unlikely to make much difference to Ford's bottom line, analysts said. But a sale would free time and talent to concentrate on the woes affecting the company's core Ford, Lincoln and Mercury brands.
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BUSINESS
February 24, 1998 | John O'Dell
The value of Orange County's market to a purveyor of luxury automobiles is being underscored by the yearlong, identity-building campaign that South Coast Motorcars is mounting. Ground hasn't been broken for the dealership and auto spa, which will sell and care for Jaguars and Aston Martins. But it already has amassed a mailing list of several thousand movers, shakers and big spenders and is building awareness with a series of elegant mailings and publicity events.
AUTOS
April 6, 2005 | Warren Brown, The Washington Post
Value has two faces. The one better known is basic, common, practical. It offers much, costs little. It's an easy buy for the masses. The other visage is more exclusive. It turns away from the ordinary in passionate pursuit of power, beauty and soul. It seeks to distinguish itself from its own class. It costs much. But its patrons see only its virtues, not its expense. In that regard, it is value as oxymoron -- the priceless available to a special few for a price.
AUTOS
December 18, 2002 | John O'Dell
Aston Martin is set to tease fans next month with the world debut in Los Angeles of a two-seat, aluminum, concept car based on the DB7 Vantage Volante and aimed specifically at the American market. The Volante is a ragtop convertible, but Aston Martin says the concept car -- dubbed the DB AR1, (for American Roadster) -- will have a heavily revised aluminum bodywork by Italian design house Zagato.
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August 29, 2001 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The world is right again. James Bond will be back in the driver's seat of an Aston Martin in the next 007 film, working title "Bond 20," to be released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. next year. In a one-pic placement pact with the studio, Aston Martin Lagonda agreed to pay an undisclosed fee to have the fictional British agent drive a new Aston Martin Vanquish in the film. (Rumors picked up by Highway 1's Secret Service agents say it is a seven-figure deal, at least).
AUTOS
April 6, 2005 | Warren Brown, The Washington Post
Value has two faces. The one better known is basic, common, practical. It offers much, costs little. It's an easy buy for the masses. The other visage is more exclusive. It turns away from the ordinary in passionate pursuit of power, beauty and soul. It seeks to distinguish itself from its own class. It costs much. But its patrons see only its virtues, not its expense. In that regard, it is value as oxymoron -- the priceless available to a special few for a price.
AUTOS
December 18, 2002 | John O'Dell
Aston Martin is set to tease fans next month with the world debut in Los Angeles of a two-seat, aluminum, concept car based on the DB7 Vantage Volante and aimed specifically at the American market. The Volante is a ragtop convertible, but Aston Martin says the concept car -- dubbed the DB AR1, (for American Roadster) -- will have a heavily revised aluminum bodywork by Italian design house Zagato.
NEWS
August 29, 2001 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The world is right again. James Bond will be back in the driver's seat of an Aston Martin in the next 007 film, working title "Bond 20," to be released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. next year. In a one-pic placement pact with the studio, Aston Martin Lagonda agreed to pay an undisclosed fee to have the fictional British agent drive a new Aston Martin Vanquish in the film. (Rumors picked up by Highway 1's Secret Service agents say it is a seven-figure deal, at least).
BUSINESS
February 24, 1998 | John O'Dell
The value of Orange County's market to a purveyor of luxury automobiles is being underscored by the yearlong, identity-building campaign that South Coast Motorcars is mounting. Ground hasn't been broken for the dealership and auto spa, which will sell and care for Jaguars and Aston Martins. But it already has amassed a mailing list of several thousand movers, shakers and big spenders and is building awareness with a series of elegant mailings and publicity events.
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