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It's been a busy few years for Aston Martin. Back in May of 2007, the British sportscar company was sold by Ford to a consortium of investors, including Kuwaiti firm Investment Dar and its partner Adeem Investment Company. Ever since, the grapevine has swirled regarding the future of Mr. Bond's favorite automaker, with the rumormill hitting a fever-pitch as of late with whispers that up to 20% of Dar's stake is available for bidding.

Aston Martin's future product chips all seem to be on the table already, with thr new four-door Panamera-fighting Rapide, Lagonda uber-luxury sedan and One-77 supercar all waiting in the wings. Of course, all of that development work is expensive, and times are already tough. If an agreement is struck, Dar would be looking to either profit from selling a portion of Aston or for an instant infusion to its current stable of technology. We wonder if Mercedes-Benz, which has both cash and engineering expertise, may be involved in any potential deal.


[Source: Automotive News - Sub. Req.]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Mullaly made the right call in selling AM, Jag and LR. Tata has asked the British government for money for Jag & LR, and now a portion of AM is back up for sale. Imagine how much worse off Ford would be if they still owned these money pits.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I just don't see the attraction of an Aston Martin. The name sounds cool enough, but the cars are overly hyped. It's not like the company was always like this, the DB5 is one of my favorite cars. But these new cars are too dull to be worth the money...and the company's target market probably realizes this.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Good sir, do you have eyes?! JUST LOOK AT THEM *drool*
      • 6 Years Ago
      Anyone else think the picture used of that aston martin looks like a 370Z?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Astons aren't for everybody. You can never compare the DB7 or the new astons to any other car manufacture. They make the most beautiful cars in the world. They dont paint their cars in RED or bright Orange because you dont need color to get attention. They are just stunning to look at. The person who said I'd rather own an M6 than an astonr martin, its like saying I'd rather own a NIssan Sentra than a M6.

      If my net worth was 5 billion dollars I'd buy half the shares and put back the british legen back on the map.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It seems that at least GM and Ford sold their stakes in other manufacturers at the right time: GM got rid of Suzuki, Isuzu and Subaru stakes before their price collapsed. Ford sold Jaguar and Land Rover to Tata when Emerging Markets were at the top. Aston Martin went to high oi-priced fuelled investors from Kuwait.

      The value of Jaguar and Land Rover since the sale has gone down abrutly. If I were Honda I would offer to take it off from the hands of Tata for a discount to what they paid. I believe that with Acura having become Honda's Buick division, if they get Jaguar and Land Rover and add their technology and quality production systems together with Jaguar's beautiful designs they could get a decent car that can competer agains BMW, Mercedes and Lexus.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It is tight wallet time for just about everybody. If it is tight for consumers of premium products, it is tight for luxury boutique businesses, too.

      But MB did so well with Chrysler, I am not sure if I would want them anywhere near AM, which is the only company in the industry that is an object lesson in sticking to your strengths, and making them work well, and look attractive.

      I hope they stick to that, and weather this economic climate. Do they really NEED to renovate their amazingly good product lineup? Stick with it, update one or two thinks that make sense, and weather this storm.