Is this Bond, James Bond’s next car?

Would he ever trade his DB5 for Aston Martin’s new SUV?

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The first DBX rolls off the assembly line at Aston Martin's new plant in Wales | Aston Martin photos

The first Aston Martin sport utility vehicle has rolled out of the company’s new assembly plant in Wales, so it begs the question: How soon will we see one in a 007 movie?

“With its all-wheel drive system, DBX is a car that will allow the company to increase its presence in markets where perhaps the weather or terrain is less than conducive to rear-wheel drive sports cars,” the company said in a news release.

“The clear emphasis on a spacious and luxurious cabin – whether seated in the front or back – will also allow Aston Martin to better reach customers who prefer to be driven rather than drive.”

Say what? Would someone really rather ride in an Aston Martin than to drive one? Is the British super spy so old and decrepit that he’s turning over the cockpit to a chauffeur?

Bodies waiting to be married to their chassis

Aston Martin claims the “DBX is a true Aston Martin,” and quotes chief creative officer (aka head designer) Marek Reichman as saying the company’s first SUV “is as much of an Aston Martin as any one of our sports cars.”

In addition to being the company’s first SUV, the DBX is its first “Made in Wales” vehicle, produced in the new assembly plant in St Athan. 

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Customer deliveries are scheduled to begin later in July, the company said.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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