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John Mellor's April 4, 2007 Aston attack No longer under Ford control, Ulrich Bez outlines Aston Martin’s promising - and surprising - future By BYRON MATHIOUDAKIS and MARTON PETTENDY ASTON Martin will remain a small and independent luxury sportscar manufacturer and is likely to become a consultancy that sells its engineering expertise to other marques, according to the chief of the hallowed British brand following its sale last month to a consortium led by UK motor racing icon David Richards. Company chairman and CEO Ulrich Bez, who remains at the helm of Aston Martin after Ford announced in March that it would move from full ownership to a 15 per cent shareholding, said the company is rapidly approaching a position where it could undertake specialist engineering consultancy work. “It may not be tomorrow, but we can do it,” he told GoAuto and other Australian media in France last week at the international launch of the Vantage Roadster. Dr Bez added that there were no restrictions imposed on Aston Martin by Ford in terms of Australia’s Number One Automotive Industry Journal GoAuto news No. 379 sharing technology with other manufacturers. “We are very independent in what we are doing … We are not dependent on the Ford Motor Company. “(Regarding the Vantage Roadster) … the engine is our engine, the aluminium structure is our structure, the suspension part is our structure … the brakes come from Brembo, the gearbox comes from Graziano, the same as Ferrari and Maserati … we have lots and lots of suppliers. “The real parts, the real technology, which comes from the Ford Motor Company, is literally nothing. “We use parts from other companies, we use parts from suppliers, we ask them to use (them) … and this is what has changed in the last 10 years as well, that suppliers are very strong in their development and their research, and basically all which you need today is (supplier-developed).” In contrast, Ford Australia president Tom Gorman said last month that the Blue Oval brand would continue to have both a fi nancial and operational interest in Aston Martin. He also said that Ford would maintain connections through Prodrive – the David Richards-run British fi rm that provides specialist engineering services for vehicle manufacturers across the world, including Ford, Toyota and, possibly, Mitsubishi in Australia. His comments come despite the fact that Prodrive claims to have no fi nancial involvement in the Aston Martin deal. “We’re still keeping an ownership percentage in that, which is 15 per cent that we’ll continue to own in Aston Martin, so although it’s not controlled by Ford any longer we’ll still have an interest in what goes on, both fi nancially and, more importantly, operational,” Mr Gorman said. Continued next page DODGE’S NEW NITRO-GLYCERINE! - page 6 SUBSCRIBE: www.mellor.net ADVERTISE: Steve Butcher Ph: 0419 562 110

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