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Aston Martin uses lightweight materials in combination with adhesive bonding technology to manufacture its vehicles Body-in-White and this paper gives an overview of the motivations, advantages and challenges behind this choice. A detailed material breakdown and associated joining processes is presented, showing how Aston Martin succeeded in manufacturing a leading performance multi-material automotive body structure. It is also highlighted how joint design and materials selection were carried out for structural and semi-structural applications. It is demonstrated how adhesive bonding technology and processes were developed and optimized to overcome some of the challenges associated with low volume manufacturing of lightweight, multi-material automotive structures.