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Santeno
04-13-2005, 10:51 AM
File this one under rumors for now:<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b> FromAutoexpress Magazine</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">LAGONDA ON WAY BACK<p>British legend Aston Martin could make a return to the sporting saloon sector - and the newcomer may wear the famous Lagonda badge, too. <p>Exclusive shots in this week's mag show how the sleek four-door, which is based on the forthcoming V8 coup, combines traditional elements such as the distinctive front grille and high-waisted shape, but incorporates two doors on each side. <p>It could give Aston a fourth model in its range, and open up the brand to a new group of buyers. Based on the coup's platform, the saloon would offer similarly impressive ride and handling, while the 380bhp 4.3-litre V8 would make it faster than its Maserati Quattroporte main rival. The saloon retains the two-door's stunning looks, yet a longer wheelbase means improved rear legroom, making the car a true four-seater. <p>The last Lagonda was the square-cut 1976 luxury saloon. With radical styling and hi-tech instrumentation, it was considered pioneering, but reliability problems and low sales made it a rare sight. However, under the stewardship of parent company Ford, it's unlikely any new Lagonda would suffer the same fate.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>So long as Jaguar covers the high end sedan Market for PAG, I don't see a Lagonda prject being approved (Unless it can share with Jaguar). Now If PAG is trying to offer a car in in the Bentley Flying Spur price range (above the XJ) They mighth ave something.

bolita
04-13-2005, 12:57 PM
I think that a car above the XJ wearing the Aston badge and with sporty styling could very well be marketed succesfully.<p>The original Lagonda was awesome IMO

Uberwagon
04-13-2005, 01:15 PM
Sounds dangerous. That ultra high-end market pie is getting sliced awfully thin these days. And Jaguar is really needing all the help it can get. Sharing a common platform might be okay but unless they are sufficiently separated in product performance, market positioning and pricepoints, Jaguar and Aston are going to start eating each others' dessert.

Seller Automotive
04-13-2005, 04:30 PM
If you ask me, the only reason why Aston Martin is going into VERY successful times is because they clearly have Amazing Designs..<p>If they can design a Sedan with Looks that EVERYONE loves... It will be a hit.<p>I've never been a huge fan of the Quattroporte.. front is kinda lame (and i've seen it on the road.. in person it isnt any better).<p>Aston Martin Sport-Sedan (CLS style).. sounds awesome.

pcread
04-13-2005, 04:54 PM
Post Callum and Fisker? <br>I don't see an XJ rebadging. Jag already have an exclusive sub-brand. It's called Daimler and was the reason Jaguar went up-market in the first place.

Roadster44
04-13-2005, 09:17 PM
I'd like to see this happen. It sounds intriguing enough to get attention. Build it right and it will spark interest. Get people to test-drive it and decision will be made to make the action of buying it. AIDA

Hornbag
04-14-2005, 12:15 AM
Well...only if it carried the FULL Aston DNA. But i supose they will have to grow sooner or later, The next time we hear this they will be producing an SUV!!!!

Roadster44
04-14-2005, 05:04 AM
Ferrari, Aston, Rolls, Jaguar will never produce an SUV.

bm88
04-14-2005, 12:21 PM
Jaguar are meant to be making a crossover SUV / MPV...<p>Anyway, the Lagonda news is great.<p>Would love to see the impressions if anyone has them. <p>As the 1970's Lagonda's styling couldnt be carried into the 21st Century, I imagine they would look back into their history and get styling from the 1960's Rapide.

Roadster44
04-14-2005, 04:09 PM
Jag has MPV on the way, no SUVs

stewacide
04-14-2005, 04:15 PM
If Ford want an ultra-luxury-sedan I can't imagine why they wouldn't give it the AM v12. That would set it apart nicely from the XJ.

Seller Automotive
04-14-2005, 04:44 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>stewacide</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">If Ford want an ultra-luxury-sedan I can't imagine why they wouldn't give it the AM v12. That would set it apart nicely from the XJ.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I agree. But I think they'd want this to compete with the Maserati Quattroporte, Mercedes CLS, and anything else in in the $100k category.. <p>A V12 would make the car closer to the $150k Bentley GT, DB9 price range.<p>the Quattroporte V12 comes out soon.. I think Aston should do the same thing, come out with a V8.. then later, a high performance V12.

stewacide
04-14-2005, 09:46 PM
The Super-8 already does a good job against the Quattroporte and the top-end BMW/Mercedes/Audi. I'd think a new Lagonda would be targeted against the upcomming Bentley GT-based sedan, so a v12 in the 150-200k pricerange would be right...

Hornbag
04-15-2005, 04:08 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Roadster44</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Ferrari, Aston, Rolls, Jaguar will never produce an SUV. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>We all also said that about Porsche...hopefully the SUV trend will disapear soon so we dont end up with a Ferrari SUV!<p>I think (so not to clash with the XJ) that a Bently GT rival sound like a good idea guys. i wonder what it would look like, can someone do a chop?

Top Secret
04-15-2005, 04:43 AM
It's called an AM DB9 buddy. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0">

Hornbag
04-15-2005, 07:56 PM
Soz, my bad, typo error. i ment a rival to the new Bently sedan based on the GT.

Uberwagon
04-15-2005, 11:09 PM
I'm thinking if they do this (big if) it should be a low-slung four-seat, four-door ultra high-end sports GT. Think DB9; low & sleak with with four doors and a bit of trunk. That'll keep it upmarket from the XJ, out of the way of the Bentley Flying Spur and make it uniquely positioned in an increasingly crowded market. Only so many $150k cars can be sold after all...<p>Either way, I like how Aston Martin has made its way back to greatness. The new products are simply some of the sexiest things on four wheels. Hope they can keep this up. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">

AM2K
04-16-2005, 05:49 AM
from what i recall of the magazine pic, it was simply a 4-door AMV8... looked a lot like some of the chops done in the past by the site members!!<p>Lagonda would certainly fill out the full product range for them.. it certainly poses a big design challenge. This and the future vanquish i really look forward to seeing!

TheophilusChin
04-17-2005, 03:22 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>AM2K</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">from what i recall of the magazine pic, it was simply a 4-door AMV8... looked a lot like some of the chops done in the past by the site members!!</TD></TR></TABLE><p>You mean this chop I did sometime ago?<br> <IMG SRC="http://img182.echo.cx/img182/9189/longlagonda9hy.jpg" BORDER="0">

AllodoxaphobicJay
04-18-2005, 04:12 AM
The headlights/grille/wings combination from the Aston 20-20 concept (minus the exposed aluminium and engine cover) would work perfectly on a modern interpretation of the Lagonda. It needs to be more edgy and wedgy than the DB9 and Vanquish, in true Lagonda spirit.<p>Mind you, just the front. The rest of the concept is hideous.<p><IMG SRC="http://www.motorsportscenter.com/uploads/aston_20_001.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><A HREF="http://www.fondos-fondos.com/data/media/261/2001_aston_martin_twenty_twenty_05_sb.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://www.fondos-fondos.com/d...b.jpg</A><p><br><i>Modified by AllodoxaphobicJay at 4:18 AM 4/18/2005</i><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by AllodoxaphobicJay at 4:23 AM 4/18/2005</i>

Hornbag
04-18-2005, 04:56 AM
When was that concept shown, i wana c more, i really like it!!!

Verdegrrl
04-19-2005, 01:47 PM
I was a kid when the pointy nosed Lagonda came out. It was like a spaceship! Sadly I later worked for a shop where we repaired British cars. Those Lagondas were barely more than half functioning prototypes when they were shipped to buyers. We had to finish engineering the car in many cases. What a pity. <p>That car still holds a place in my heart, and I hope they can make a proper spiritual successor that works well.