Daimler and Aston Martin have been "in discussions" over various matters going back at least five years, when an engine-supply deal from the Germans to the Brits turned into rumors of Daimler looking to buy a piece of Aston Martin. Neither the engines nor the company stake every changed hands, but three years later they were talking about trying a relationship again, this time in the large luxury sedan segment - Daimler would get help with Maybach, Aston Martin would get help with the Lagonda revival. That also came to nothing.

Late last year, when Investment Dar offloaded a share of its stake in Aston Martin to Anglo-Italian equity house Investindustrial, part of the allure was that Investindustrial said it would work to unite Aston Martin with technology and components from AMG. So the talks have begun again.

Although nothing's come of it yet, Bloomberg reports that the English and the Germans have opened dialogue "on supply and technical-cooperation agreements." In November 2012, Investindustrial mentioned getting engines, gearboxes and other technology from AMG - a brand it got to know when it owned Ducati. A tie-up would also help indie player Aston Martin rein in development costs. Daimler is said to be Investindustrial's preferred partner, but the latest chapter has only just begun. We're sure they hope it won't take another five years to get something closed with someone.


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      me
      • 1 Year Ago
      Im not liking this refresh...the grill has gotten to big a la Mazda 3
      sirjaysmith
      • 1 Year Ago
      NOOOO RUN!!! RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN!!!
      GoGOGadgetZOom
      • 1 Year Ago
      As achingly beautiful as I consider the Rapide S to be, I still feel there's much to be desired from the sexiest of the sedan-coupe-hatchbacks. To start, I'd like to see the addition of either a moonroof/ glass panel-roof option, more horsepower & torque (550hp+), larger wheels b/c that sinewy sheet-metal positively apes the current rollers, and fog lights (I just love them). Oh, and while we're wishing on non-existent shooting stars, a new nav system would be a vast improvement! If this list seems too much a like a pipe-dream, there's ALWAYS the forthcoming Audi RS7, BMW M Gran Coupe, Porsche Panamera, etc...
      TracerBullitt
      • 1 Year Ago
      What is this, another "Merger of Equals"? Lol, Aston... No. Please don't do it.
      Koenigsegg
      • 1 Year Ago
      this looks exactly like the ford fusion
        SquareFour
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Koenigsegg
        They're probably down-voting because that was a lame "joke" a year ago, and is now as used and tired as a Lohan. The "people" demand originality! Up-votes aren't just handed out willy-nilly, dude.
        Dmitriy Markelov
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Koenigsegg
        Guess whose styling Ford aped when designing it...
          Koenigsegg
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dmitriy Markelov
          4 dislikes lol you people on here are retarded i swear smh
      lordedardstark1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Aston, look at what they did to Chrysler. Case and Point.
        OptimusPrimeRib
        • 1 Year Ago
        @lordedardstark1
        True but Aston doesn't have a lot of cash that Daimler can steal. I hope they don't get Dr. Zetsche on the case.
      Nick Allain
      • 1 Year Ago
      Dear Aston, run the other way. Now. Daimler is nothing but a life ******* demon. Has anyone ever gotten away from Daimler with quality in tact?
        Bernard
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Nick Allain
        Agreed. What would Aston gain anyway? Sure they could use more power output from their engines, and maybe some drive train/transmission tech, but not at the cost of bankruptcy.
      XJ Yamaha
      • 1 Year Ago
      Rabble rabble, it looks like a Fusion, rabble rabble!!!
      JamieM
      • 1 Year Ago
      damn, I haven't taken a look at a pic of an aston in awhile... I thought that was a new ford at first :(
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