Currently reading: Aston Martin signs new Ford engine deal - report
Extension to the Ford engine deal could confirm Aston Martin's VH platform will be produced for another five years

Aston Martin has signed an extension on its engine supply agreement with Ford, according to media reports. The deal will reportedly ensure the supply of Cologne-built V8 and V12 engines for another five years.

The move suggests the VH platform, which underpins Aston Martin’s core model line-up of Aston Martin Vantage, DB9 and Vanquish, will be produced for another five years at least.

Aston Martin said that it does not comment on supplier agreements.

Last month, it emerged that Daimler is in discussions with Aston Martin to supply components and offering technical assistance. However, as any deal with Mercedes would take some years to be phased in, the Ford engine supply would clearly be required for some time to come. Retaining the Ford engines means it's also likely that the units will have to be re-worked to meet upcoming EU6 pollution regulations.

Ultimately, any Mercedes deal could extend to platform sharing, possibly including structure underpining the SLS AMG replacement. The new Mercedes, which will be smaller than the current model, will be positioned as a Porsche 911 rival.


Latest business news

Hydrogen tech fuel cell
Johnson Matthey makes just three of the 1000 parts in a hydrogen fuel cell but they're worth 20% of the fuel cell's value
Analysis: Will Johnson Matthey's hydrogen gamble pay off?
volkswagen project trinity autocar render front quarter
Thomas Schafer says VW needs more 'lighthouse' cars like the Trinity (Autocar render)
New Volkswagen CEO Schafer to make brand "loved" again
Toyota factory 2022
Toyota may pull out of UK manufacturing entirely if concessions are not made in post-2030 emissions regulations
What does the 2030 combustion ban mean for UK Toyota factories?

Read our review

Car review

The Aston Martin DB9 matches the emotion of a Ferrari but it adds practicality and offers an experience unmatched for versatility and all-round appeal

Join the debate

Add a comment…
businessman 30 June 2013

Jaguar have proved with the

Jaguar have proved with the F-Type that old components can be brought together to make something new. Aston need the funds to follow suit, and make something new out of the VH platform.

bomb 25 June 2013


Why not think outside the box?

How about four 1.0 EcoBoost motors engineered together?! A 4.0 quad-turbo V12..?

Suzuki QT 24 June 2013

Hmmm ...

Just hope the remapping to satisfy the European Commission's tree-huggers doesn't adversely affect the engines ...