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    Aston Martin & Mercedes Now Partners

    I just read a two page article in next month's Road and Track. I can't find an online copy, but here are the highlights: 

    - Entered into discussions with BMW on a partnership which failed in 2010. Next logical partner was MB.

    - Next gen Astons will abandon the VH platform and use the S-Class platform to start and then a jointly derived chassis from MB.

    - Next gen Astons will source engines, transmissions, electrics and drivetrain from MB.

    - Lagonda will built on a S-Class/Maybach platform and not the VH. Bez says the Rapide is the maximum the length for the VH platform and it cannot be used. 

    - Next gen Maybach will be built by Aston in England for MB, much like McLaren/MBs. No word on who will be in charge of exterior & interior design.

    - MB will supply Aston with an SUV based on an existing MB platform. Launch window 2013.

    - No word on the Aston Cygnet - for better or worse.


    Re: Aston Martin & Mercedes Now Partners

    Sounds very promising.


    Re: Aston Martin & Mercedes Now Partners

    I'm just glad to read their not sourcing parts from Tata motors or something.


    Re: Aston Martin & Mercedes Now Partners

    AM cars may finally get acceleration to match their price.

     


    Re: Aston Martin & Mercedes Now Partners

    Wonder if this is the first step for Mercedes to gobble up Aston, chum change for Mercedes but they gained one of the most prestige brand name in the world.


    Re: Aston Martin & Mercedes Now Partners

    Whoopsy:

    Wonder if this is the first step for Mercedes to gobble up Aston, chum change for Mercedes but they gained one of the most prestige brand name in the world.


    It would make sense because it would give MB a way to dip into the super premium segment a bit more while acquiring the last British premium brand.

     
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