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If you have, like us, been salivating at the notion of a new generation of Maybach and Lagonda ultra-luxury crafts built by Aston Martin, we've got some bad news: According to reports emanating from Germany, talks between AML and Daimler have broken down.

The proposal under negotiation would have seen Daimler outsourcing production of the next family of Maybach models to Aston Martin, which in return would benefit from Mercedes-Benz platforms and engines – not only for its svelte GTs, but also for its own future Lagonda line of limousines and luxury SUVs. That, and a boatload of money – or at least that's what AML was reportedly seeking, an issue that served as the stumbling block over which the deal reportedly collapsed.

That's not to say the two parties couldn't still reach some sort of a compromise, but short of that, Daimler may opt to either shut down Maybach altogether, find another partner, or take another stab at building new models internally.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Aston martin breaks ties with the world's most expensive Hyundai.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Didn't Aston learn anything from the DaimlerChrysler fiasco? On the other hand maybe they did, if the deal fell apart... As for salivating AB journalists - get a grip, Maybach has been a complete failure when compared to RR or Bently, why would you think they would help Aston in any way when they can't even get their act together.
      • 3 Years Ago
      why would anybody in their right mind want to have ANYTHING to do with this extinct german MASTODON!?!? especially Aston Martin!
      Where's the cheese?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Maybach has been having its @ss handed to em by Rolls Royce under BMW and Aston Martin has its @ss handed to em by anybody who knows how to make a sports car. You may say Astons are more exclusive and better looking but in terms of performance, Porsche wipes the floor with Aston Martin's face. Both brands need some serious changes to compete in a vicious arena where customer demands rule. It's a pity because both brands have some proud heritage, too bad the current generation can live up entirely to the glory or their predecessors.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Aston doesn't need Mercedes Benz - They already have the great VH platform that is under revision and could be used for a luxury sedan if they wanted to go that route. As far as an SUV - Well, we certainly don't need any more of those.... ...and Maybach is pretty much a Zombie, considering it's cars are 10 years old and based on the 3 generation old W140 S Class.
      • 3 Years Ago
      On the one hand Aston needs a new motor. On the other hand Maybach needs a new everything. Too bad.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Too bad for Maybach. Although it could help AM, I really don't think this is a need.... Plus, I'd rather have Ze Germans have less influence over AM.
      another Dan
      • 3 Years Ago
      oh no!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I knew this was going to happen. Mercedes really get need stop being lazy,and let Maybach Brand Develope is own idenity while still have connection. The Maybach Brand has SOOOOOO much potential,so many great cars in the Past.