Mercedes boss Dieter Zetsche believes some collaboration between his company and Aston Martin could happen.

Plans for Mercedes to supply Aston Martin with engines and possibly platforms for future models were afoot but have come to nothing.

Zetsche told Autocar: “Smaller brands need help with new technology and it’s possible we could do things in the future."

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In 2008, there were reports from well-placed sources in Germany suggesting Mercedes was looking to buy a substantial stake in Aston Martin.

Rumours suggested that Aston and Mercedes could collaborate on a range of ventures, from engine supply to entirely new models.

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