Aston Martin Lagonda SUV Shelved
Sorry, fans of V12-powered sport-utes.
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
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.