Aston Martin Lagonda’s second manufacturing plant in the UK has started producing cars, with pre-production models of the DBX SUV taking first honours. The opening of the 90-acre facility in St Athan, Wales has created 200 jobs and is expected to create 550 more. Also, as a direct result of this investment, a further 3,000 jobs will likely be created across the supply chain and local businesses.

St Athan, which is also dubbed the “Home of Electrification,” will be the sole production facility for the Aston Martin DBX. The British company’s first SUV is already being tested and is scheduled for an official unveiling at the end of this year.

According to Aston Martin, the DBX will be equally at home in an urban environment as it is off-road in less welcoming terrain. Test vehicles have been put through their paces from the Arctic Circle, all the way to the famed Nürburgring Nordschleife.

Company president and group CEO, Andy Palmer said: “This is an exciting time for Aston Martin Lagonda. Our second luxury manufacturing facility is now producing cars and is ready to go into full production in 1H 2020. Our facilities and manufacturing teams, led by VP and chief manufacturing operations officer Keith Stanton, have done an outstanding job in getting the factory ready almost a year before full production starts, on time and on budget.”