LONDON (AP) — Aston Martin, the maker of the legendary sports cars featured in James Bond films, will open a new factory in Wales after looking at more than 20 other possible locations worldwide.
Aston Martin will build a new model called the DBX, an SUV crossover that was revealed as a concept car at last year's Geneva Motor Show, at the Wales plant starting in 2020. It has built cars in England for more than a century.
The Aston Martins have long been associated with the Bond film franchise. A DB5 driven by Sean Connery in "Goldfinger" featured an ejector seat and revolving license plates. Daniel Craig drove a DB10 in the recent Bond film "Spectre."
The company said more than 750 jobs will be created and expects 90 percent of the DBX vehicles to be exported to markets such as the U.S. and China, with a price tag of about $223,000, according to the Week magazine.
Aston Martin competes with Lamborghini, Ferrari, Jaguar and others in the luxury sports car market, which has been growing in recent years.