Volvo will develop safety systems for the upcoming Aston Martin Rapide sedan, and with Ford still retaining a $40 million stake in the luxury brand, we’re likely to see more Ford engineers playing a bigger role in designing Aston’s future models. Aston Martin> will also benefit in getting raw materials at discount, especially for aluminum.
Aston Martin confirmed that Volvo’s knowledge and resources on safety features would be utilized by his company, just as it was used for the DB9 and V8 Vantage. Experts from Volvo are helping to develop the stiff aluminum structure of the Rapide, including designing the B-pillar and side-members to optimise occupant safety during side impact collisions.
Aston Martin Rapide’s proposed launch date is in late 2008 and it could potentially add another 1,000 to 2,000 units on top of the niche sports carmaker’s current production levels.