In early 2000, the core plan for Aston Martin was development of a totally new and unique bonded and riveted aluminum platform which could easily be be made in differing lengths for different cars in the range. This platform, now known as VH architecture was used for a host of cars from 2003 till 2019. The DB9 was undoubtedly the star of the 2003 Frankfurt Motor show where it was unveiled to the public for the very first time and it was the first to be built on the VH platform. The stunning body was designed by Ian Callum and is still considered by many the best looking car of all time. Production of the coupe started in early in 2004, with the DB9 Volante starting a year later. The Geneva Salon 2005 was the venue for AMV8 Vantage concept, Aston's new V8 idea. While the V8 Vantage was built on VH architecture, we gave it its own section below given how important it was and how many variants we made (it needed a lot of space on this page). New cars were developed on the VH platform which was updated a lot over the years. In 2009, the production Rapide was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show and then another addition was the Aston Martin DBS, based on the DB9. In order to bridge the gap in the range between the DB9 and DBS, the Virage was introduced at Geneva in 2011.