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BY: Bix

Aston Martin Lagonda SUV Shelved

Sorry, fans of V12-powered sport-utes.

The Porsche Cayenne Turbo can breathe a forced-induction sigh of relief: Aston Martin has decided not to build the Lagonda sport-ute concept seen at last year's Geneva Motor Show. Reportedly, Aston brass killed the Mercedes-Benz GL-based SUV because the Lagonda's styling was blasted by critics, though it seems like if that was the only problem, they could have redesigned the thing before sending it down the production line. Rumor has it Aston Martin is instead working on a sedan to carry the Lagonda name, based on a stretched Rapide chassis—but that big four-door likely won't take to the streets until 2014, at the earliest. We won't say we're terribly shaken up about the loss of James Bond's country car—we may be used to manufacturers known for their performance cars building SUVs, but that doesn't mean we want every sports car maker to throw us a rebadged crossover—but we'd rather see Aston Martin build something V12-powered and reasonably fast like this than, say...the Cygnet. (Okay, and we were kind of looking forward to driving an Aston Martin off-road.) [via Automotive News]
COMMENTS
  • Logan Tanner says:
    September 2, 2010 at 4:51 pm
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    Looks like a Chrysler/Audi bastard child anyway. We're not missing anything.

  • Jjoe says:
    September 2, 2010 at 5:05 pm
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    blasted by critics ?!?!!? They`r blind ! This is the most beautiful SUV !

  • Eric says:
    September 3, 2010 at 6:35 pm
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    it is a good looking car. But im glad some one actually listens to the critics, unlike american companies. Remember the pontiac aztek??? every single person that saw that car at the show said "ICK... do not build that monstrosity." But they built it anyways and look how well it sold... oh wait it didn't sell. GM Corporate in Detroit gave the cars to managers for free if they promised to look like they enjoyed being in the aztek. Its a shame this Aston is not being made but props to corporate that actually listen to what people say!!!

  • Aston Martin Lagonda Sedan to Return? | 0-60 Magazine says:
    September 29, 2010 at 7:17 pm
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