Tuesday March 22nd, 2011 14:41 The Exciting Aston Martin Virage

Aston Martin Virage

The Aston Martin Virage is the true culmination of every Aston Martin auto that has come before it. It has taken all the best of the fine vehicles of the past and made a vehicle that is nearly perfect in its execution. Just standing and looking at the clean lines of this automobile is an experience like few others, and sitting in the driver’s seat is exquisite.

This model is built on an all-aluminium frame for lightness and proven strength it is powered by Aston’s iconic V12 engine. This car is indeed a unique performance machine in 2011. The transmission is the Touchtonic 2’ automatic which comes with paddle shifters. This transmission makes the vehicle effortless to drive while leaving the joy of the road intact for the driver. Once the car gets to speed, the carbon ceramic brakes offer the absolute stopping power a discerning driver demands.

Driving this car is an adventure in sensory pleasure. Cornering is a dream and the feel of the wheel on the road is transmitted through the steering column making the driver one with the vehicle. The headlamps peer ahead like some wild animal searching for its prey. This car is sleekness personified. The rear lights let every other driver on the road that they have been passed by the best. Regardless of the colour chosen, Aston Martin’s Virage is an attention grabber on the roads.

Even in the car park the Virage demands people’s attention. This is truly the car for the person who wants the best.

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Saturday March 12th, 2011 16:08 Aston Martin – a car with a colourful history

The Aston Martin is a well known British luxury car manufacturer which is loved by people all over the world. It is really a surprise to know that instead of originating in Germany or Italy, it is a British car.

The car got its name from one of its founders and a steep hill near Aston Clinton in United Kingdom. The company came into existence in 1913 when Martin made up his mind to manufacture his own racing cars. The first car came out in 1915, but this company was disbanded during the World War I and was again resurrected after this war. Cars were produced in 1922 for competing in the French Grand Prix where they were successful in setting new endurance and speed records. Whilst the company went bust in 1924 and but was purchased by one Lady Charnwood and was again declared bankrupt in 1926. Later in that year many investors assumed control of this company when it was renamed Aston Martin Motors.

Augustus Bertelli was its technical director between 1936-1937. The company shifted its focus to road cars in 1936 but production was again stopped in World War II.

Aston was bought by David Brown Limited in 1947 and manufactured classic series cars having initials DB. In the year 1977, the convertibles Volante and V8 Vantage came on the scene. Ford bought major stake in the company in 1987 and Virage range was launched in the market. Virage was first new model in past 20 years.

In 1991 complete control of the company shifted to Ford when DB range was again renewed with DB7. This range also included Vanquish and V12 Vantage.

In 2007, Aston Martin was sold by Ford to a consortium which was controlled by Prodrive chairman David Richards for around $850 million. Aston is still owned by Prodrive and has ambitious plans to continue manufacturing this iconic car.

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