The Rapide model is also their first four-seat model since the Lagonda Rapide in 1961.
So why is the Rapide being built at a factory in Graz, Austria, instead of the firm's state-of-the-art HQ at Gaydon, Warwickshire?
When the Rapide was first planned three years ago there was no prediction of a global recession and Gaydon was working at full capacity.
New models were on the way and there was simply not enough production space at the factory to build the Rapide.
So Aston chose Magna Steyr, a specialist car plant in Graz which already builds models for BMW and Mercedes, with 240 Austrian workers preparing to build up to 2,000 Rapides a year from early 2010.