Design

Luxury Icon and 007 Favorite Tunes Up for IPO

Aston Martin, the maker of the famed sports car favored by secret agent 007, was expected to announce as early as Wednesday plans for a stock-market listing later this year that would value the company at more than $6 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.
 The British sports-car brand intends to list about £1 billion ($1.29 billion) of shares on the London Stock Exchange, the people said.
 A listing of Aston Martin this year would be the first offering of a popular sports-car brand since Flat Chrysler Automobiles NV sold roughly 9% of Ferrari at an offering price of $52 a

Driverless tech will make vehicles safer—and more comfortable

At Volvo’s design studio in Gothenburg, the boards where they post inspiring ideas used to be covered in cars. Now they’re covered in houses, boats and gadgets. “It’s the most exciting period in the history of car design,” says Robin Page, Volvo’s chief interior designer. “A new world is being opened up.” The reason? Cars that drive themselves.