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Aston Martin planning on moving pedal arm production back to UK

Production of the new Rapide S at the Aston Martin headquarters in Gaydon, Warwickshire Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Aston Martin has said the company is planning on moving production of a throttle pedal arm back to the UK after it discovered a Chinese sub-supplier that moulds the pedal was using a counterfeit plastic material.

The company, based in Warwickshire, is having to recall 17,590 cars.

Warwickshire-based Aston Martin recall 17,590 cars

Warwickshire-based Aston Martin is recalling most of its sports cars built since late 2007.

Production of the new Rapide S at the Aston Martin headquarters in Gaydon, Warwickshire Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

The company discovered a Chinese sub-supplier was using counterfeit plastic material in a part supplied to the carmaker.

A total of 17,590 cars, including all of its left-hand-drive models built since November 2007 and all right-hand-drive models built since May 2012, are being recalled.

The Vanquish model is not affected.

Aston Martin say safety is their priority.

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Aston Martin centenary celebration paintings go on display

A collection of paintings will be put on display in London today as part of Aston Martin's centenary year celebrations.

Stirling Moss in a DBR1 at the Nurburgring Credit: James Hart Dyke

The paintings by the British artist James Hart Dyke are based on visits to the Aston Martin factory in Gaydon in Warwickshire, and motorsport events including ones held at Le Mans in France and the Nurburgring in Germany.

An Aston Martin at the Le Mans 24 hour race Credit: James Hart Dyke

Earlier this year, the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, visited Aston Martin in Gaydon.

Aston Martin racing at Goodwood Revival

Vintage Aston Martins Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Aston Martin continues its year-long centenary party at the Goodwood Revival this weekend.

Its rarest and most highly-prized sports cars of the revival period, 1948-1966, will be on show, and in action.

Among the cars set to do battle on the West Sussex track include a brace of DBR1s, numerous DB3, DB3S and DB2/4 Mk IIIs, plus the 1961 Aston Martin Project 212.

Aston Martin fastest in first Le Mans qualifying session

Warwickshire based Aston Martin are gearing up for 90th edition of 24 hour Le Mans

Warwickshire based Aston Martin are gearing up for 90th edition of 24 hour Le Mans race. In their first qualifying session which was held last night, Aston Martin were quickest in the GTE Am class. Team Principal John Gaw said:

Aston Martin were quickest in the GTE Am class

“The team finally got out on track for the first running of a busy week and going fastest in both GT classes is certainly a good way to start our Le Mans campaign.

The drivers including Leamington born Darren Turner, will head back out onto the track for another qualifying session later tonight. The race starts on Saturday.

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New height adjustable wheelchair design unveiled

A design firm from Leicester, which has worked on Rolls Royce, Aston Martin and Triumph motorbikes is unveiling its latest creation today, a new wheelchair for young people.

The chair, has a seat which goes up and down, enabling disabled children to be at the same height as their friends.

The Renfrew Group who specialise in motorbikes were asked by the NHS to come up with the design prototype. It is hoped it will go into full production.

Nick Clegg visits Aston Martin, full report

Midlands luxury car maker Aston Martin has unveiled its latest model during a visit to its factory by the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, and the Business Secretary, Vince Cable.

The 'Rapide S' will be built at Gaydon in Warwickshire, in a deliberate move back to the Midlands from a production plant in Austria.

Andy Bevan reports.

Nick Clegg attends launch of new Aston Martin

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Business Secretary Vince Cable, are in Warwickshire today to announce the latest government support for UK advanced manufacturing.

The ministers have headlined the day with a visit to Aston Martin in Gaydon, to see the new 'Rapide S' vehicles coming off the production line – a development supported by £1.6million from the Regional Growth Fund.

The move is expected to create 20 new jobs and protect over 70 current roles at Aston Martin's headquarters in Gaydon – plus it's new facility in Coventry.

Vince Cable (left) and Nick Clegg (centre) being shown around Aston Martin Credit: ITV News Central
Nick Clegg talking to workers at Aston Martin Credit: ITV News Central
New Aston Martin Rapide S Credit: ITV News Central
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Aston Martin unveils £2,000 luxury pram

The luxury car maker Aston Martin has unveiled its latest model - a £2,000 pram made in partnership with Silver Cross.

The two companies claim the Aston Martin Edition of the Silver Cross Surf is "designed to perfection with every detail considered", down to the leather which is an exact match to that used in the cars.

The Silver Cross Surf - Aston Martin Edition pram. Credit: Silver Cross handout

Aston Martin touches include the Alcantara lined seat pad - a high quality and expensive suede manufactured in Italy - to the super soft leather-trimmed handle and bumper bar.

The design of the aluminium alloy wheels are based on the Aston Martin One-77, which retails for £1.2 million.

The pram bears the famous Aston Martin logo. Credit: Silver Cross handout

Each pram will come with its own certificate of authenticity and an engraved brushed chrome plaque to confirm that it is one of a limited edition.

Only 800 of the prams are to be made and they will be sold exclusively at Harrods from April.

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