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Maker of James Bond car suspends all production at its two UK bases

Luxury car maker Aston Martin Lagonda is suspending production at its UK manufacturing sites due to the Covid-19 crisis.

The group said production would be put on hold until April 20, but stressed this would be subject to the "rapidly-changing circumstances".

It becomes the latest car giant to halt manufacturing in the UK, following similar moves by Jaguar Land Rover, BMW, Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Vauxhall.

Aston Martin, known for making James Bond's cars of choice, said the decision was one of a number of measures to "manage proactively across its supply chain and business more broadly" as it faces plunging demand and disruption.

Its main car plant is in Gaydon, Warwickshire, where it employs around 500 staff, while it also has a site in Wales, where it is building the new DBX model and has about another 300 employees.

Aston said it would pay staff as normal during the suspension. It would normally shut down production for a combined two weeks over Easter and in May, it added.

The company warned earlier this month that the Covid-19 outbreak was impacting demand in China and across Asia Pacific, adding that it is now hitting sales in other markets as well.

Belfast Telegraph