Aston Martin and Mercedes Benz Wheeling and Dealing

We've been hearing rumblings for some time that post-Ford Aston Martin has been talking about forming an alliance (The Axis of Axles?) with Mercedes. CAR Magazine claims to have the inside line on details emerging from the negotiations. Unsurprisingly, the cooperation seems to center on getting Mercecdes engines into future Astons, replacing the aged Ford-sourced motors currently on offer. This will supposedly include diesel and hybrid options, as well as AMG's 6.2-liter V8 which may power future Vantage models. alAston could so get Mercedes' eight-speed autobox. And there's even talk of "whole platforms to be shared by top-end models," and cooperation between Aston and Maybach (anyone remember Maybach?). In other words, no matter how hard they try, the British cann't seem to stop their most beloved brands from going German, one way or another. But, as Lieberman suggested the last time this rumor came around, all the identity politics in the world mean nothing if this cooperation makes Astons better, faster and more reliable. And if "whole platforms to be shared by top-end models" means Aston gets to drape the "death on a stick"-sounding AMG SLC in its trademark sex appeal, even Clarkson might forgo ze German jokes.

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  • Jordan Tenenbaum Jordan Tenenbaum on Aug 07, 2008

    No sir, I don't like the idea. I'll never own one, but it just doesn't sound right.

  • USAFMech USAFMech on Aug 07, 2008

    blowfish brings up a good point. What if this deal is working the other way, too? What if the good Dr. Bez is working on doing some of MB platform development for limited edition models? I would buy an AM with and MB engine. Didn't they twin-turbo a V12? Instant tent.

  • Blowfish Blowfish on Aug 07, 2008

    Is abit like Bugatti, it would have went no where if anybody had thinner pockets to have owned her. Hopefully Marc can team up with AM to supply them with latest technologies & engines. AM is more workable partnership than Mclaren, since Mclaren doesnt itself sell many cars to retail market. Marc could probably make a AWD DB10.

  • JJ JJ on Aug 08, 2008
    Would a Mercedes engine really be less classy than the current engine (which is just two 3.0 Duratecs cobbled together)? Yes... Even if the AM V12s are glued together Ford V6s, they are not available in any other Ford products, and specifically (hand)built and engineered for the AMs. In my perception at least, that's a lot more special than buying some crate AMG engine and installing it in your cars. If they start doing that what seperates them anymore from all those brands developed in a barn in the UK or Germany... On a side note...Yes, AMG claims they too handbuilt their engines, but given the amount of engines they crank out every year and the amount of people working there it's quite clear that is a questionnable claim...Which might be why they've gone silent about it recently. But like I read on a forum; maybe they've got a robot called 'hand'

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