Rumor: Aston Martin could be acquired by Daimler

Article by Andrew Christian, on August 29, 2014

Aston Martin already announced a partnership with Daimler where the German company will supply high-performance engines made by AMG. Still, it appears that Daimler wants to take things even further and according to company insiders it could add Aston Martin to its portfolio. Chances are 50-50 that this deal could happen.

Currently, Daimler owns a 5 percent stake in Aston Martin but the next-generation vehicles developed by the British carmaker could increase the German company’s stake. Currently, there are no partnerships between design or other departments but don’t act surprised if this will happen.

For those who don’t know, Aston Martin is already working on the DB9 successor and the company already trademarked several monikers such as the DB10, DB11, DB12, DB13 and DB14.

Set to arrive in 2016, the DB9 successor will be powered by the all-new twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine found on the C63 AMG but also on the 2015 Mercedes-AMG GT. On the Mercedes-AMG GT, the V8 engine develops up to 510 hp at 6,250 rpm and 650 Nm (479 lb-ft) of torque between 1,750 and 4,750 rpm.

Recently, we also announced that Daimler is interested in buying the Italian sports-bike manufacturer MV Agusta, but no decision was made. AMG was partnered with Ducati, but when Audi bought the Italian motorcycle manufacturer the German brand decided to end the deal. Now, Daimler could buy its own partner, if the MV Agusta deal succeeds. [source: Caranddriver.com]

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