Dead for nearly 20 years, Aston Martin has announced plans to revive the Lagonda brand of luxury cars. A concept car preview of the future styling is expected out next year, with official production launch tentatively scheduled for 2012. The original Lagonda was produced by Aston Martin from 1978 through 1989 and was unrivaled as the ugliest, most technologically advanced luxury saloon on the market. The Lagonda was the first production car in the world to use computer management and a digital instrument panel, but both features were prone to frequent failure and cost quadruple the planned budget to develop. Outfitted with a V8 carburated engine and Chrysler’s 3-speed “TorqueFlite” automatic transmission, the Lagonda featured a spectacularly awful mpg average, but that was back during a time when a gallon of gas cost a whopping 72¢. With significantly more experience under their belts and the benefit of a friendship with Maybach to help light the way, we expect the new Aston Martin Lagonda to be a dramatic departure from the Lagonda of years past.
[News Source: Auto News]