Recall Alert: 2014 Aston Martin DB9, Rapide S


Vehicles Affected: Nearly 450 model-year 2014 Aston Martin DB9 and Rapide S high-performance luxury sports cars manufactured between June 2013 and July 2014

The Problem: Due to a faulty circuit board, the transmissions in the affected vehicles may inadvertently shift to neutral without input from the driver. If this happens, the driver will not be able to maintain speed or move the vehicle out of traffic, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Aston Martin began notifying owners earlier this month, and dealers will replace the affected circuit boards for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Aston Martin at 888-923-9988, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to for more info. The automaker noted that if the vehicle exhibits the problem, owners should turn off the ignition then restart it, which may allow the car to be driven to safety.

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By Matt Schmitz | August 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2008-14 Aston Martin Vehicles


Vehicles Affected: Approximately 5,001 versions of Aston Martin vehicles, including the 2008-2014 DB9 and V8 Vantage, 2009-2012 DBS, 2010-2012 Rapide, 2014 Rapide S, 2011-2012 V12 Vantage, 2011-2014 V8 Vantage S and 2012 Virage vehicles.

The Problem: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reporting that a manufacturing error could cause the accelerator pedal arm to fail. "If the accelerator pedal arm breaks, the engine will return to idle and the driver will be unable to maintain or increase engine speed, increasing the risk of a crash," NHTSA said in a statement. This is an expansion of an earlier recall.

The Fix: Dealers will replace the affected accelerator pedal assemblies for free.

What Owners Should Do: Aston Martin will notify owners starting Feb. 7. Owners can call Aston Martin at 888-923-9988 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information.

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By Jennifer Geiger | February 4, 2014 | Comments (0)

2013 Aston Martin Vanquish: First Look


  • Competes with: Ferrari 458 Italia, Ferrari FF, Lamborghini Aventador, Audi R8  
  • Looks like: Only a trained Aston Martin enthusiast can tell it apart from the others 
  • Drivetrain: 565-hp, 6.0-liter V-12 and six-speed automatic transmission  
  • Hits dealerships: Early 2013

After an almost seven-year hiatus in the U.S., the Aston Martin Vanquish returns for the 2013 model year to take on other preeminent supercars from Lamborghini and Ferrari. The Vanquish will replace the DBS when it's discontinued at the end of the year. The announcement comes as Aston Martin prepares to celebrate its 100th anniversary early next year.

The Vanquish's exterior and interior styling borrow heavily from the Aston Martin One-77; in fact, the boutique carmaker says many of the structural elements in the new Vanquish are derived from the ultra-supercar, including its digital gauge readouts. The $1.4 million Aston Martin 77 will be replaced by a new (range-topping) Aston Martin V12 Zagato later this fall.

By Colin Bird | June 20, 2012 | Comments (1)

Daily News Briefs: June 11, 2012

2012 Honda Fit

Honda says that shipping vehicles from Japan to the United States is not profitable, and the automaker will limit the amount of vehicles it sends to the country, according to Automotive News. Honda produces most of its popular vehicles in the U.S. — about 85% of the cars it sells here are made in North America — but a glaring omission is the Honda Fit, which makes up the bulk of Honda's exports to the U.S. The Fit makes absolutely no profit for Honda in America and very little for dealers, too, people familiar with the matter told Automotive News. Because of this, and combined with "red hot" Fit sales in Japan, U.S. allocation of the subcompact will remain extremely tight, the trade paper reports. Honda is building a factory in Mexico that will make a new, more profitable version of the Fit for the U.S. market by 2014.

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By Colin Bird | June 11, 2012 | Comments (0)

2012 Aston Martin Virage at 2011 Geneva Motor Show

Aston Martin Virage

  • Competes with: Ferrari 458 Italia, Lamborghini Gallardo, Bentley Continental Supersports 
  • Looks like: Every other Aston Martin 
  • Drivetrain: 490-hp, 6.0-liter V-12 with six-speed automatic transmission; rear-wheel drive 
  • Hits dealerships: May 2011 

The Virage is a new V-12-powered sports car that's offered in coupe and convertible body styles. Pricing information hasn't been announced, but the Virage is designed to slot between the nearly $200,000 DB9 and almost $300,000 DBS in the automaker's lineup. It arrives at U.S. dealerships in May.

Even though it's a new model in the Aston Martin range, only ardent followers of the brand will likely be able to tell at a glance because the car looks remarkably similar to Aston Martin's other sports cars. It's a gracefully styled car, no question, but the automaker's designs are clearly meant to create a connection with the brand as opposed to individual models.

Like the DB9 and DBS, the Virage is powered by a 6.0-liter V-12 engine, but its 490-horsepower output splits the difference between the 470-hp DB9 and 510-hp DBS. Unlike the DBs, which are available with either a manual or automatic transmission, the Virage is only offered with an automatic. With this setup, the Virage can accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 4.6 seconds on its way to a top speed of 186 mph, according to Aston Martin. The car features an adaptive suspension and carbon ceramic brake discs.

Seven hand-stitched Bridge of Weir leather hides are used to upholster the cabin, which comes with standard heated seats, a navigation system, cruise control, and Bluetooth and iPod connectivity.

By Mike Hanley | February 25, 2011 | Comments (4)

Recall Alert: 2007-08 Aston Martin DB9, DBS, V8 Vantage

Aston Martin DB9

Aston Martin is recalling 1,090 2007-08 Aston Martin DB9, DBS and V8 Vantage over a potentially dangerous steering defect, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Some front bottom suspension arm cam bolts received an incorrect amount of heat treatment during production. The hardness of the bolt on the affected models is above specification and could crack along its shank, allowing the lower control arm to move. The lower control arm influences steering feel and control. If the cam bolt cracks, it could increase of the risk of a crash.

On the affected vehicles, dealers will replace the front suspension lower control arm cam bolts free of charge. The recall is expected to begin before Oct. 18. For additional information, owners can call Aston Martin at 888-923-9988 or NHTSA's hot line at 888-327-4236.

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By Colin Bird | October 7, 2010 | Comments (0)

Figure Skater Goes Bond in Aston Martin DBS

After winning gold at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, figure skater Evan Lysacek plans to reward himself by buying an Aston Martin DBS, which starts at $269,000.

Lysacek, who took the gold medal by unseating former Russian champ Evgeni Plushenko, is now earning the James Bond comparisons he seems to so easily court: The DBS is the vehicle 007 has driven in the last two Bond films.

“Aston Martin all the way, baby,” Lysacek told Yahoo. “Got to be the DBS. Just like Bond.”

He first considered switching from a Range Rover to a Bentley coupe before likely deciding that you can’t beat a guy named Plushenko and not go the Bond route. If you’re wondering how an “amateur” athlete can afford to consider a Bentley versus an Aston Martin, look no further than Lysacek’s endorsements, which include Coca-Cola, AT&T and Ralph Lauren.

Only One Car for Golden Boy Evan Lysacek: Aston Martin (Yahoo!)

By Stephen Markley | February 24, 2010 | Comments (0)

2010 Aston Martin DBS Volante: Through Ian's Lens

The first name most people associate with Aston Martin is that of a famous secret agent who drives these cars in hard-to-reach locations. What the public always forgets is this man inevitably destroys the Aston Martins only after voiding the warrantees by mounting aftermarket rocket launchers, oil slicks, ejection seats and machine guns to the prestigious British automobile. If you ask me, Aston Martin could save some PR money by spreading car parts across the countryside somewhere and placing a sign that reads, "James was here."

Do you know what else equals cheap publicity? Allowing a 31-year-old automotive photographer to snap some pictures of a 2010 Aston Martin DBS Volante in the rain. As a stickler for pristine weather conditions when photographing cars, I politely declined. Yeah, right.

The 2010 Aston Martin DBS Volante is one of the more aesthetically pleasing exotic cars on the market today. Instead of the Lamborghini creased-angled-wedge look (which is as boring as Porsche’s designs), Aston Martin keeps the DBS sleek and wide with rounded features in the four corners accentuated by its headlights and taillights. The DBS keeps it classy by adding highlights of carbon fiber on the chin spoiler, rear bumper and in various places along the interior. Luxurious leather, metal trims and refined plastic finish off the comfortable cabin. From the front, the hood vents are one of the prettiest components of the DBS’ 6.0-liter V-12 engine. The car’s overall design is tied together nicely by the sleek hips of each wheel well and fender. From the profile, this car wants to cruise at high speeds.

As the photos prove, the autumn rain did not stop me from snapping away with my camera. It just quickened my pace! Check out the full-screen player after the jump.
By Ian Merritt | November 9, 2009 | Comments (2) Podcast: Sports Car Edition

It seems iTunes ate our latest podcast, which is why we couldn’t bring it to you earlier. Sure, we could have just posted it via the player below, but we held out hope that it’d also be available in iTunes — just a few days later than usual. We apologize for the iTunes’ mishap.

In this week’s long-awaited podcast, the editors of discuss the new Nissan 370Z roadster and Nismo edition as well as the thoroughly awesome Aston Martin DBS Volante, the most expensive car to ever be left unattended in our hands. Podcast #30

By David Thomas | November 6, 2009 | Comments (0) Reviews the 2010 Aston Martin DBS

Some guys have all the luck. Just ask reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder, who had the enviable job of reviewing the 2010 Aston Martin DBS — a vehicle that costs just a hair under $300k. What did he take away from his experience in the DBS? Besides that he wants one but doesn’t want to have to sell any major organs on the black market? Read Wiesenfelder’s full review to find out whether or not Aston Martin earns every penny of those 297,240 bones.

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