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    Aston Martin to Put V12 Zagato in Limited  Production
    Aston Martin to Put V12 Zagato in Limited Production

    Aston Martin already presented its track-only V12 Zagato at the 39th ADAC Nürburgring 24 Hour race, but now the manufacturer has announced the intention to build 150 road-going models of the coupe with production starting in late 2012. The Aston Martin Zagato V12 will be priced at $530,000.

    The coupe will take power from the V12 engine, producing 510-hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. The engine will be mated to a rear mid-mounted, six-speed automated manual transmission with either select shift or auto shift manual modes to distribute power. The Aston Martin V12 Zagato will also feature a limited slip differential and a twin-plate competition-grade clutch. The vehicle's body is going to utilize ultra-lightweight aluminum and carbon fiber.

    Aston Martin has not designated in which countries the car will go for sale.

    Aston Martin Gets Money for New Models
    Aston Martin Gets Money for New Models

    Last week, Aston Martin announced that a $487 million bond has been successfully subscribed by the global investors. With this announcement, the company confirmed that it has got funding for the development of the new-generation vehicles.

    The manufacturer of luxury sports vehicles is likely to begin engineering and designing the next generation of the vehicles in 2012. The new models are scheduled to debut in 2015. Meanwhile, the company plans to facelift its range to keep the vehicles fresh until the major redesign. The VH platform will also be revised so that it can be used when the new Federal FMVSS pedestrian impact rules become effective. The VH (vertical/ horizontal) platform that the company is using now, was first introduced in 2003. And now it underpins the V8 Vantage, DB9, Rapide, and DBS. It is not clear where the new platform will come from. The new architecture can be developed in-house, but it seems that it'll be borrowed from the Mercedes SLS.

    Aston Martin has already proved its strength with the last year's 36% increase in sales and 61% rise in EBITDA. As for the bond, it is supposed to provide a long-term financial stability, and to support the much-needed changes. Aston Martin will pay annual interest of 9.25% on the bond for the next seven years.

    Aston Martin Honored for Design in 2011 World Car Awards
    Aston Martin Honored for Design in 2011 World Car Awards

    New York Auto Show traditionally marks the close of the auto salon season and becomes a podium for recognizing the industry’s most notable achievements. World Car Awards is one of the most coveted accolades of the New York Show and this year one of the four prizes went to Aston Martin. Leaving behind fifty other candidates, the Aston Martin Rapide gained the title "2011 World Car Design of the Year" .

    The judging panel of five world-renowned automotive design experts observed that the Rapid Concept, first introduced at the 2006 Detroit Auto Show, was a trendsetter for the four-door sport coupe segment, and the production version has been successfuly maintaining the high standard.

    “Without a doubt, this is the most successful full four seater Grand Touring car to date”, added the juror Tom Matano, the Executive Director at San Francisco Academy of Art University.

    The Aston Martin Rapide has become the sixth winner of the World Car Design of the Year award. Past winners included the Chevrolet Camaro in 2010, the Fiat 500 in 2009, the Audi R8 in 2008, the Audi TT in 2007 and the Citroen C4 in 2006.