• Apr 4th 2008 at 7:32PM
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Click above for a high-res gallery of the Aston Martin N400 V8 Vantage.

What began as a rumor that Mercedes-Benz would begin supplying Aston Martin with engines has evolved into a full-blown partnership that may include both automakers co-developing platforms and technology. The newest report comes courtesy of Autocar, suggesting that M-B is considering purchasing a stake in Aston Martin and the Kuwaiti Investment Authority would in turn receive a seven-percent slice of the Daimler AG pie.

The partnership would make sense on several levels. Aston Martin, which is a small fish in a very large pool, will need to purchase major components from mainstream suppliers once its ties with Ford are officially severed. Imagine AMG-levels of power nestled inside Aston's sensuous sheet metal. Yum. But the partnership wouldn't be one sided. Recent reports coming out of Germany say that M-B is looking to employ a lightweight aluminum platform for the next generation SL. Aston Martin has the technology to help develop such an architecture, and with Mercedes stepping away from McLaren next year after production of the SLR ends, M-B needs a new supercar manufacturer to join the party.

Thanks for the tip, Mike!

[Source: Autocar]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Horrible news!

      Mercedes and Aston Martin have nothing in common

      Mercs are vulgar and rely on brute force

      AM's are delicate, fine creations that indicate style and class
      AM cars don't need more power, they have enough for what they represent.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm sorry but isn't "Diamler" a sub-brand under the Jaguar umbrella?
        • 7 Years Ago
        It is Daimler Motor Company. This company bought the rights to produce the german Daimler Motor.
        Mr Gottlieb Daimler was in the managing board of Daimler Motor Company and Mr sinnes the founder of the UK Daimler Motor Company was in the managing bord of the german Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft.

        Daimler is today used to name the Daimler AG they are the orginal. Daimler-Benz name died in 1998 as Daimler Benz bought Chrysler and formad Daimler Chrysler.

        The third company using the name Daimler is Austro Daimler (today Steyr Daimler Puch) like the UK version Austro Daimler was a daughter of the german Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yes it is. But in this case Daimler refers to Daimler-Benz AG of Germany or Mercedes-Benz, not the little known sub brand that Daimler started a long time ago in Great Britain that Jaguar owns.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I love that any news about Aston is reason to post the V12 Vantage RS again. God, I want one.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Would anyone buy a SL63 when you could get the same engine in a Vantage?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Eh, maybe Merc can supply the extra 100 hp that the whole line up is missing. Man that N400 looks good.

      To wormyguy, AM has turned a profit.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Not that i have solid fact sheet to support my claim but i have never been comfortable with the idea of MB owning a thorough breed.

      MB has been trying so hard to have a super car of sort for long, but couldnt, while VW has churned out a few and BMW even though dont have a middle engine super car, have all the credentials to just wake up one day and decide to make one.

      On the other hand, Mercedz has been not able to achieve this.. whatever they do, their cars stay the same luxury box on 4 wheels.

      I am not sure if AM wud stay the course if MB decide to chime in on their decisions. Of course, this assumption can be totally wrong if MB is only interested in getting the technology off AM rather then dictating the Future Product line

        • 7 Years Ago
        Correction: When i say Owning by MB.. i meant "Mutual" collabortation, just like the ones they had with McLaren and Chrysler.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yea Chrysler, compromised SLR, Smart, F1 fiasco, etc etc. But then a again Zetsche is at the helm, perhaps things will be different.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Aston's styling with the awesome sounding AMG v8's would be awesome. Best of both worlds
      • 7 Years Ago
      Diamler is finding another host to bleed dry?
        • 7 Years Ago
        yea, (as a second opinion) yes, AM finally started to turn in profit...

        as a side note, lol the center armrest is in the same shape as the rumored Stig's nipple LMAO

        • 7 Years Ago
        Or the other way round. . .

        I'd be surprised if AM has ever made a profit. Period.
          • 7 Years Ago
          Dude do you follow the automotive industry at all? Part of the ruckus about ford selling Aston was that they finally were making a profit.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I just can't help but think about the children that this marriage might produce... AMG power in Aston Martin sheet metal? Could be a very, very good thing.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Great. Another German bastardization of a quintessentially English marque. I know Bentleys, Rollers and Minis have all been made very good cars by German engineering, but they've all lost something in the process, becoming more and more just brands. I'm sick of all this cross platform and technology sharing. If I want a Benz, I 'll buy a Benz, if I want an Aston, I 'll buy one. And I agree with another blogger: MB engines are powerful but bot that special or characterful. Yes, I know, it's either this or Aston potentially becomes extinct. Maybe that would be preferable to a Benz with Connoly leather and an AM badge.

      • 7 Years Ago
      honestly, I see the niche companies like AM being the future of performance vehicles with the way the environmental concers/regulations are going. remember that there is a clause that if the company sells less then a set number of cars then they don't fall under these new cafe/CO2 standards. it's the bigger companies that won't be able to keep up the high power cars much longer. I pray to god that MB realizes that AM has great products and don't need any input from MB. All AM is going to need in the long run is money. If MB want's some of AM's platforms then that's fine, just don't give anything (maybe V8's) to AM.
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