LONDON -- Aston Martin has been granted a temporary exemption to new U.S. safety rules that would have stopped it selling hundreds of cars in one of its key markets.
The brand, once James Bond's car of choice, applied for a temporary exemption to side-impact federal safety standards in March, saying the rules would cause "substantial economic hardship."
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it would give the marque longer to comply because of the niche nature of its business.
NHTSA has phased in requirements for side airbags and other safety advances since 2010.
The rules affecting the coupe versions of Aston Martin's DB9 and Vantage came into effect in September. The exemption now runs until the end of August 2016 for the DB9 and an extra year for the Vantage.
The same rules will not affect convertible versions of both models, which cost about $200,000, until September 2015, but the cars now have an exemption until the end of August 2017.
A spokeswoman for the 101-year old carmaker said the decision meant that both coupe models could be sold. Had the brand failed to win an exemption, it would have affected up to 670 vehicles over three years.