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Just last month, we heard rumors of a possible collaboration between Lotus and Aston Martin, but while we assumed this meant trouble for the Malaysian-owned Lotus, it could have been Aston Martin reaching out looking for a buyer. Businessweek reports five unnamed sources have stated that Investment Dar, Inc., the Kuwaiti-based majority shareholder of Aston Martin, has been reaching out to potential buyers for the brand.

It sounds like the leading candidate for a buyer so far is Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., but the hold up so far might be the money Investment Dar is looking to get out of its stake. Having agreed to restructure its $4.9 billion worth of debt, the article says that Investment Dar, holding 64 percent of Aston Martin's shares, is looking to sell its stake for $800 million which compares to the $925 million total price Aston Martin was acquired from Ford Motor Company back in 2007.

Interestingly, Businessweek also reports that Toyota recently looked into acquiring a share of Aston Martin, but there is no definitive word as to the outcome.


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      Randy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ford should buy Aston back.
        calikev05
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Randy
        Yes, considering Ford's recent design decisions. This can finally be Ford's luxury brand with clout, not the sorry Lincoln brand.
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Maybe VW would be interested in adding it to their plethora of brands.
      Xedicon
      • 2 Years Ago
      If there was ever a auto maker in dire need of a cash infusion, Aston is it. They've had the same car since the DB7, and their cars are not competitive anymore. Plus they really, really, really need to update the shape. We've been looking at the same body for a hell of a long time. I used to love Aston's but they've just been left behind.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        k.naz
        • 2 Years Ago
        Which might also mean a FWD Aston because there already IS an Aston Cygnet, now we all know that's never gonna happen. It needs a 100k GT, a proper 4 door to replace the Rapide (which should've been the Lagonda) and the SUV is a bit iffy. What they currently need to focus on is how to build a brand new platform and chassis out of lightweight aluminium and a small displacement force-induced engine (I6 as old Aston's) and revise their marketing strategy.
          Brodz
          • 2 Years Ago
          @k.naz
          Ford could help them do that. But I doubt Mulally wants Ford to become a house of brands. However if Ford owned the company again without incorporating it, and running it as a seperate entity, they might be able to breath new life back into it. I'd hate to see Aston be sold to The Empire (VW), I can see The Emporer (Ferdinand Piech) and Darth Vader (Martin Winterkorn) licking their chops over buying out another brand to add to their collection.
      CadiVetteFerrari
      • 2 Years Ago
      I find it ironic that some here proclaim that it doesn't matter that Aston Martin's vehicles, by and large, are not nearly as fast or quick as their competition, for rich people will buy it because of the brand's prestige and opulence. If that's the case, then why is its parent looking to sell it? Clearly, it's not the runaway success that its parent envisioned.
      tbird57w
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'M SHOCKED! after looking at the brand,i guess even the rich have come to the conclusion that it is a slug. .
      Teleny411
      • 2 Years Ago
      Of the solvent car makers, if Toyota isn't interested, Honda (just dont let there current design staff anywhere near AM) could be a good fit. I could also see Hyundai doing well with Aston.
      BAKRA
      • 2 Years Ago
      funny how slumdogs are millionaires now... Go M&M..
      briang19
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would love for Toyota to take a stake. They'd be able to supply Aston with some new tech that they badly need.
      Andyz
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's vey clear that poster here no nothing about Aston Martin, what it is, the core values and the cars they produce. If you are going to comment make sure of your facts. Am is not a Ford or a Toyota, it does not need an expanded range of SUV's and wagons...and the customers like what they buy and like what AM provide way beyond just a car.
      ferps
      • 2 Years Ago
      I guess they saw my comment on the review of the Vantage roadster ;-) Since Ford basically copied Aston's styling language, and they are giant car company without a real luxury brand, they would make a really good fit.
        RGT881
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ferps
        You do recall that Ford sold off AM back in 2005?
      sinistro79
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fiat should buy Aston Martin, badge engineer it to death through a series of Maserati platforms, and promptly retire the brand (or sell it to VW) as soon as people stop buying them.
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