It’s hard to feel bad for a luxury automaker like Aston Martin; we imagine the factory is adorned with gold leaf and smells of crisp bills. However, life hasn't always been easy for Aston. The company has had more than one close call, but the marque looks to have turned the corner as of late.

Aston Martin recently released their financial results for 2013, recording a 13 percent increase in revenue that equates to the equivalent of $873 million. These enthusiastic numbers stem from global sales reaching 4,200 models last year, up 11 percent from the previous year.

And with more money comes more commitment. Aston also revealed plans to develop a new platform for the next generation Aston Martins (the current platform dates back to 2004). We’re still not sure when exactly to expect the fresh redesigns, but they’ll come fitted with Mercedes V8 engines when they debut. 

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[via Aston Martin]