BREXIT UNFOLDS Remain or leave? Automakers confront hard Brexit choices


All automakers in Britain will have to find ways make Brexit work, even if only in the short term.

Famed luxury marque Aston Martin and Vauxhall, Britain’s brand for everyman, are as different as two auto companies can be.

Both companies have significant British manufacturing operations and thousands of jobs are at stake.

For Aston Martin, which sells sports cars at prices well above 100,000 pounds ($130,380), new European tariffs on British-built cars are not a significant concern, Palmer said.

Like other smaller players such as Bentley, Rolls-Royce and McLaren, Aston has much larger margins on its cars and extra costs can be more easily passed onto wealthy customers.

That’s not a luxury enjoyed by mass-market players.

What concerns Palmer more is the disruption to his company’s network of suppliers and its meticulously scheduled production system.