A deal confirming Aston Martin and Mercedes AMG will collaborate on future development has been signed
25 July 2013

Aston Martin has announced a technical partnership with Mercedes AMG. The proposed deal will allow Aston Martin access to AMG resources to develop bespoke V8 powertrains and electronic architectures.

The deal will also support the launch of next-generation Aston Martin models.

The two firms have signed a letter of intent today, and a definitive agreement is expected to be signed before the end of the year.

As part of the deal, Daimler AG will own up to five per cent of non-voting shares in Aston Martin and will join existing shareholders including Investment DAR and Investindustrial.

Although part of the deal ensures a supply agreement between AMG, Daimler and Aston Martin, the British firm will continue to manufacture all of its sports cars at its Gaydon facility.

Aston Martin development boss Ian Minards said: “Aston Martin sources cutting-edge technology from key suppliers around the globe and the opportunity to include content from Mercedes-AMG GmbH in our next-generation sports cars is, clearly, good news.

“Working with Mercedes-AMG in this way while, of course, remaining independent and preserving the unique character and style of Aston Martin that has been the mainstay of the company throughout its 100-year history, points to a very bright future for the company as it starts its second century in business.”

AMG boss, Ola Källenius said: “We are proud to work with Aston Martin and provide them with powertrain and electric/electronic components for their forthcoming sports cars. This is proof of AMG’s technological and performance expertise and a real win-win situation for both sides.”

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25 July 2013

Aston Martin Gaydon (AMG). Surely, just a coincidence..........

25 July 2013

A ston M artin G aydon....definitely no coincidence....made for each other!  Can't wait fot the next Aston!  DB10?

25 July 2013

This is exactly what Aston needed, a strong technical partner who didn't want to take control.

Great news for the guys at Gaydon

25 July 2013

...the style icon of British motoring

25 July 2013

All they need to sort out now in my opinion is the styling so that each model looks significantly different to each other.

25 July 2013

As Aston isn't just a pure performance numbers company, it's good news that they will have access to the Merc Technology bin.

Aston Martin Styling (don't care what anyone says, it's the best looking model range in the business) and values combined with AMG engine notes and funky merc tech, got to be a winner!

Can't wait to see what the result of this is!

25 July 2013

I forsee a FIGHT!!

If AMG handbuild their engines, in a 'One Guy, One Engine'

 philosophy and Aston Martin also have a 'One Guy, One Engine' approach, does this mean they'll build the engine together (this could significantly slow the build process with 'Herr Fininky' and 'Mr Obsessive' arguing over 1000th of an inch tolerances!) or is this the end of handbuilt engines for both (perhaps a nice commemorative Blue Plaque  under the bonnet instead?)

Perhaps the engines are sent fully built by AMG, covered with a Beach Towel...................? LOL!

25 July 2013

Huayra V12 in a DBS, yes please.

25 July 2013

Reading through the press release on the Aston website and this report, there doesn't appear to be any mention of a V12. Does this mean that Aston are only going to produce cars with V8s; only the V8 engines will be AMG-sourced; or will AMG develop bespoke V12s for the replacement for the DB9 and future flagships?

haz

25 July 2013

So pleased! A new era for Aston hopefully. I wonder what engines they will use, they shouldn't be turbocharged really. Let's just hope lotus can follow suit and stay afloat

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