Aston Martin CEO Says Opening A Plant In Alabama 'Would Make Sense'

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When you think of the car most closely associated with James Bond, you think of chic metropolitan locales, like London, or Rome, or... Alabama.

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You read that right. According to Autocar, Aston Martin is responding to increasing demand from American consumers with a stateside factory. CEO Andy Martin told reporters at the Britcar 24 Hour Race, “It is not decided yet but clearly with our arrangement with Daimler it would make sense to look closely at the possible synergies of working close to them in Alabama.”

Mercedes has a factory in Tuscaloosa, so logistically it does indeed make sense for Aston Martin to be nearby. But from an aesthetic perspective, it’s certainly a strange choice for a brand more associated with Savile Row than roll tide.

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I can tell you exactly why Aston would consider Alabama. Tax breaks and other incentives.

For those of you who don't know, the State government literally sold itself as a third world country to get Mercedes over here. And they did the same thing with Honda and Hyundai, with all tons of promises and golden carrots. The real stickler was an assurance to Hyundai to get an east-west interstate connection to the western US, which I have personally fought when I discovered the proposed route was to come directly through my home, property and neighborhood. They had to change their plans on the route.

I, for one, will definitely be watching to see how this turns out.