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November 30, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan
British carmaker Aston Martin brought its sleek luxury sports car, the 2014 Vanquish, to the Los Angeles Auto Show. Featuring a 6.0 liter V-12 engine that cranks out 565 bhp at 6,750 rpm and a new carbon fiber body, the first customer-ready cars will be delivered to the Americas during the first quarter of 2013. Photos: 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish The new $280,000 Vanquish can go from 0 to 60 mph in four seconds flat and hit a top speed of 183 mph. “Vanquish is the ultimate expression of Aston Martin design ethos, engineering innovation and technical ability,” Ulrich Bez, Aston Martin chief executive, said in a statement.
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May 29, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
It's been a busy centennial year for Aston Martin, and the British automaker shows no signs of slowing down, announcing Tuesday the 2015 V12 Vantage S. The car, which Aston bills as its fastest on the market (save for the full-crazy One-77), will replace the outgoing V12 Vantage. The company said the car's top speed is 205 mph. The Vantage line is the automaker's smallest car and sportiest offering in the U.S., with V-8 models competing in the marketplace with Porsche's 911. Its larger DB9 and Vanquish cars fall into the more relaxed grand touring category.
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AUTOS
May 29, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
It's been a busy centennial year for Aston Martin, and the British automaker shows no signs of slowing down, announcing Tuesday the 2015 V12 Vantage S. The car, which Aston bills as its fastest on the market (save for the full-crazy One-77), will replace the outgoing V12 Vantage. The company said the car's top speed is 205 mph. The Vantage line is the automaker's smallest car and sportiest offering in the U.S., with V-8 models competing in the marketplace with Porsche's 911. Its larger DB9 and Vanquish cars fall into the more relaxed grand touring category.
AUTOS
May 21, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Though Aston Martin is spending this year looking back on its past 100 years, the British automaker recently took a quick glimpse into its future as well. The company debuted the CC100 Speedster Concept at Sunday's famed 24 Hours of Nurburgring. The car pays homage to the DBR1 that racing legend Sterling Moss piloted to victory on the same course in 1959. Hence the car's slightly odd setup: it lacks a windshield and the driver and passenger are separated by a carbon fiber body panel that bisects the cockpit at shoulder level.
AUTOS
May 21, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Though Aston Martin is spending this year looking back on its past 100 years, the British automaker recently took a quick glimpse into its future as well. The company debuted the CC100 Speedster Concept at Sunday's famed 24 Hours of Nurburgring. The car pays homage to the DBR1 that racing legend Sterling Moss piloted to victory on the same course in 1959. Hence the car's slightly odd setup: it lacks a windshield and the driver and passenger are separated by a carbon fiber body panel that bisects the cockpit at shoulder level.
AUTOS
April 12, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
The most unusual thing about the race car Aston Martin is bringing to this year's 24 Hours of Nurburgring isn't that it's a four-door V-12 coupe. It's that the car will be powered by hydrogen. Aston announced Friday that it would field a Rapide S that's powered by a prototype twin-turbocharged, 6.0-liter engine that can run on gasoline, gaseous hydrogen or a mixture of both. Exact horsepower figures have yet to be determined, but Aston Martin spokesman Matt Clarke said the company expects it to at least be in the neighborhood of the stock Rapide S's 550-horsepower output.
BUSINESS
February 11, 2012 | By David Undercoffler
The car: Aston Martin V-12 Zagato The power: 510 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque from a 6.0-liter, quadruple-overhead camshaft V-12 engine. The speed: 0-60 in 4.2 seconds The photos: Aston Martin V-12 Zagato The bragging rights: Although no lighter or more powerful than the V-12 Vantage upon which this car is based, it is much more rare; production will be limited to just 150 units worldwide. The body panels are made from carbon fiber and handcrafted aluminum and are exclusive to the V-12 Zagato.
BUSINESS
July 7, 2000 | Bloomberg News
Ford Motor Co. has won approval from the Chinese government to proceed with plans for an $80-million car plant, its first in China. Ford is to form a joint venture with Chongqing Changan Automobile Group to build the vehicles, said a senior Changan official. The official, who asked not to be named, said production could begin in two years. The joint venture would be split 50-50 between Changan and Ford, the Changan official said.
AUTOS
June 19, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Just weeks after announcing its fastest car on the market , Aston Martin continued a busy centenary year Tuesday by officially announcing a convertible version of its breathtaking 565-horsepower Vanquish. The British automaker said the Vanquish Volante (which has long been Aston-speak for convertible) will join its fixed-roof counterpart at the top of its lineup. Its other cars include the four-door Rapide S, the DB9, and the Vantage V8 and V-12. “Aston Martin is celebrating 100 years of excellence in 2013, and the arrival of this new sports car ... underlines that our mission to make the next 100 years even more successful is starting perfectly,” said company Chief Executive Ulrich Bez in a statement announcing the car. PHOTOS: Aston Martin Vanquish Volante Like the coupe, the Volante is powered by a 6.0-liter V-12 engine that makes 565 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque.
BUSINESS
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.
AUTOS
April 12, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
The most unusual thing about the race car Aston Martin is bringing to this year's 24 Hours of Nurburgring isn't that it's a four-door V-12 coupe. It's that the car will be powered by hydrogen. Aston announced Friday that it would field a Rapide S that's powered by a prototype twin-turbocharged, 6.0-liter engine that can run on gasoline, gaseous hydrogen or a mixture of both. Exact horsepower figures have yet to be determined, but Aston Martin spokesman Matt Clarke said the company expects it to at least be in the neighborhood of the stock Rapide S's 550-horsepower output.
AUTOS
November 30, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan
British carmaker Aston Martin brought its sleek luxury sports car, the 2014 Vanquish, to the Los Angeles Auto Show. Featuring a 6.0 liter V-12 engine that cranks out 565 bhp at 6,750 rpm and a new carbon fiber body, the first customer-ready cars will be delivered to the Americas during the first quarter of 2013. Photos: 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish The new $280,000 Vanquish can go from 0 to 60 mph in four seconds flat and hit a top speed of 183 mph. “Vanquish is the ultimate expression of Aston Martin design ethos, engineering innovation and technical ability,” Ulrich Bez, Aston Martin chief executive, said in a statement.
BUSINESS
February 11, 2012 | By David Undercoffler
The car: Aston Martin V-12 Zagato The power: 510 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque from a 6.0-liter, quadruple-overhead camshaft V-12 engine. The speed: 0-60 in 4.2 seconds The photos: Aston Martin V-12 Zagato The bragging rights: Although no lighter or more powerful than the V-12 Vantage upon which this car is based, it is much more rare; production will be limited to just 150 units worldwide. The body panels are made from carbon fiber and handcrafted aluminum and are exclusive to the V-12 Zagato.
NEWS
February 1, 2009 | Carolyn Kellogg, Dan Neil and Monica Corcoran
When thinking of good words, apparently, it's hard to separate them from their meanings. The site alphaDictionary has compiled its selection of the 100 most beautiful words in English. The list, when recited, is quite beautiful, and the words, for the most part, are familiar rather than obscure: adroit, champagne, dulcet, ebullient, efflorescence, paean, rhapsody. There is a plethora (on the list) of words whose meanings are halcyon (on the list), even effervescent (on the list). If you try, you can find the negative -- surreptitious and beleaguer are both on the list -- but the victory would be Pyrrhic (on the list)
NEWS
May 10, 2000 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's still not hip to have a Hyundai, but it was only a few decades ago that it was no thrill to tool around in a Toyota, either. The Japanese auto makers have long since shown us that "made in Japan" is not code for "crud." They routinely capture the crown in surveys of buyer satisfaction and initial quality and, of course, they have also captured nearly a quarter of the U.S. new-vehicle market. Hyundai Motor Co. and its South Korean cousins, Kia Motors Corp. and Daewoo Motor Co.
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