Report: Aston Martin may design and build Maybachs for Daimler

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 23, 2010

According o the latest reports, it appears that Aston Martin is in talks with Daimler AG over a potential partnership in which the British manufacturer would design and build a new Maybach ultraluxury sedan for the German automaker.

Financial Times reports that in exchange for Maybach sedans, Aston Martin may take engine technology from Daimler.

Furthermore, German car magazine Auto Zeintung says that Daimler already has a sketch of a new Maybach limousine that would use know-how and parts from Aston Martin. This new car could debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Moreover, the new partnership could help Aston Martin gain access to Daimler's four-wheel-drive technology in order to build its own off-road vehicle based on the Mercedes-Benz GL. Asked about this, Daimler said that it is currently evaluating options for the development of new Maybach-branded products and there was no pressure to reach a decision.

"There is no cooperation deal with Aston Martin. We are often in talks about various topics, such as the donating technology for the Lagonda show car," a Daimler spokesman told Reuters. Aston Martin was not available to do any comments. Regarding the Aston Martin off-road car, Daimler already helped the British sports car manufacturer the underpinnings of a Mercedes-Benz GL in order to helped it build the Lagonda Concept. [via autonews - sub. required]

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