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    Aston Martin key fob shows its true origins

    LLN:

    One of the biggest buying points for the world’s top tier automakers is exclusivity. Not only will you rarely ever see another example of your six-figure model next to you at a stop light, but everything you see and touch is exclusive to your particular automobile – unless your supercar was once produced by Detroit’s finest.

    Ford recent sold its Aston Martin sports car brand, but, thanks to a $65 million stake in Aston, the Blue Ovals finger prints are still all over the fabled marque. Aston Martins still use plenty of parts straight from Ford’s parts bin, including most switch gear and navigation system pieces, but while Aston does little to hide its parts from their humble origins, you don’t normally find other brand’s names on them.

    That’s why one Aston Martin V8 Vantage owner was so shocked to see the Volvo name on his key fob. It remains unclear how the key fob was damaged, but the trauma was enough to peel away the key’s leather cover, revealing the Volvo name.

    “Our reaction was amusement and slight horror,” the owner told Car Magazine. “We all know they share parts, but you would have thought someone would have invested a tenner to rub the name off.”

    Hopefully under Aston Martin’s new ownership parts will become more exclusive, but with Ford still in the mix, anything is possible. That being said, Aston Martin is switching to a new ‘Emotional Control Unit’ glass-block key, so at least you won’t be starting your $130,000 car with a leftover Volvo key.



    Re: Aston Martin key fob shows its true origins

    What is even worse id that my friends Ford Fiesta has exactly the same key, but with all the buttons nicely integrated into the actual key rather than the fob.. us poor Aston owners have to carry the bulky fob too....

    Also, through another piece of fantastic design, with the key in the ignition you can't move the steering wheel column fully in!

    Still love the car tho.....


    Re: Aston Martin key fob shows its true origins

    That is VERY old newsSmiley the car is still great, key aside!

    Anyway it is now.......................

    far sexier than any other car key Smiley




    Re: Aston Martin key fob shows its true origins

    it reminds me of my gallardo... every part in the car had a VW logo on it.. kinda frustrating..
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    The old key sucks, but considering it is the only thing with the sat nav that blows, still an amazing car!

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    do all the new Astons come with the DBS-style key(ECU Emotional Control Unit) ??  or is it just the DBS?

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    They all do now (MY 09), only difference is DBS one is saphire, the others are glass...

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    ^^ thanks SciFrog

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    That would be such a let down for me. The LP640 has an Audi ashtray! Look under any Lambo ashtray for that matter. You will see the 4 interlinked circles.

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    Yup, and the old Ferraris all had very similar switchgear and dials to period Fiats 127/131. They say that these things are the most expensive little buggers to make, so that´s the reason why many kit cars have such bad interiors and why many others rely on Ford, GM switchgear which can be supposedly bought from these manufacturers or their suppliers cheaply.

    Then again, I once read that the switch stalk on the Veyron is worth some incredible amount, I think 15000 dollars, because its machined from billet aluminium. These sound bites aimed at the general public with no technical knowledge are pretty pathetic. They are smoking some serious stuff. I am in the machining business and have experience with VW´s purchasing. I think they would tell me that I have to get the price down to 200 dollars including the polishing and then we´ll talk.


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    check the cable trees of the Porsche. You will find only VW and Audi signs, but no Porsche label on it.

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    Lars997:
    check the cable trees of the Porsche. You will find only VW and Audi signs, but no Porsche label on it.

    Why not?

    VW and Audi make the best cars in the world in their categories.  Lamborghini's should be of the same origin too.

    At least they are not borrowed from Ford, Volvo or FIAT.

     


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    reginos:
    Lars997:
    check the cable trees of the Porsche. You will find only VW and Audi signs, but no Porsche label on it.

    Why not?

    VW and Audi make the best cars in the world in their categories.  Lamborghini's should be of the same origin too.

    At least they are not borrowed from Ford, Volvo or FIAT.

    For sure - thats what I meant. I was stating it in a positive way. Its just a matter of globalization and company products. I wouldnt mind driving an Aston with an Volvo Key. The key advantages of an Aston are far away from the key and a different key wouldnt make the car any better. Although they have changed the key to this ultra modern remote, which looks sexy to.


    Re: Aston Martin key fob shows its true origins

    Lars997:
    reginos:
    Lars997:
    check the cable trees of the Porsche. You will find only VW and Audi signs, but no Porsche label on it.

    Why not?

    VW and Audi make the best cars in the world in their categories.  Lamborghini's should be of the same origin too.

    At least they are not borrowed from Ford, Volvo or FIAT.

     

     

    For sure - thats what I meant. I was stating it in a positive way. Its just a matter of globalization and company products. I wouldnt mind driving an Aston with an Volvo Key. The key advantages of an Aston are far away from the key and a different key wouldnt make the car any better. Although they have changed the key to this ultra modern remote, which looks sexy to.


    Also small manufacturers cannot economically develop bespoke systems for everything, like climate control, navigation,parking asistance etc.

    Even if they did their products wouldn't be as tested and trouble free as those of large manufacturers producing millions of those.

    The new A-M key? Out of a James Bond film. It also explodes if you want to get rid of any bad guysSmiley  


    Re: Aston Martin key fob shows its true origins

    I remember, in my ex E39 M3, the vanos part on the front  had a embossed "Rolls-Royce" name on it...and the Tiptronic of the 997 turbo is mde by ...mercedes


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    Rich C (UK):

    What is even worse id that my friends Ford Fiesta has exactly the same key, but with all the buttons nicely integrated into the actual key rather than the fob.. us poor Aston owners have to carry the bulky fob too....

    Also, through another piece of fantastic design, with the key in the ignition you can't move the steering wheel column fully in!

    What a terribly poor piece of design, Rich, I cannot understand how you can tolerate that and topped off by a Ford Fiesta key....Smiley or is it a Volvo....How little are you going to sell it to me for ? SmileyJust so I can work on SWMBO...Smiley

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