When asked by reporters, Daimler chairman and head of Mercedes-Benz Cars Dr Dieter Zetsche would not rule out the possibility of the German auto giant buying out the iconic British sports car brand, of which it acquired a five per cent stake last year.
“This is a fantastic brand, and we are willing to support its further development,” Zetsche told Autocar.
In July, Mercedes-Benz agreed to supply new V8 engines and electronic architecture components to Aston Martin in exchange for the five per cent stake.
Three months later in October, insiders from both companies hinted that the duo could deepen the partnership to include platform sharing. Aston Martin’s then-CEO Ulrich Bez suggested a platform-sharing deal could breath new life into its Lagonda SUV dreams.
Aston Martin has been independently owned since being sold off by Ford in 2007, though the US-based manufacturer continues to supply Aston Martin with V8 and V12 engines produced in Cologne, Germany.
The new V8 engine, to be built by Mercedes-AMG in Affalterbach, Germany, is expected to debut for Aston in the next-generation Vantage.
The engine is expected to be a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 that will be shared with the next-gen Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG but retuned for Aston Martin’s specific requirements.