Aston Martin Signs Technical Partnership With AMG

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Aston Martin and AMG announced today that the two parties have signed an agreement that will see them work together. As was revealed when the partnership was announced in July, AMG will help develop all-new V-8 engines for use in future Aston Martin products.

Neither company has revealed any more details on the technical tie-up than when the deal was first announced in the summer. AMG parent Daimler will take a five-percent non-voting stake in Aston Martin, and will be granted "observer status" on the Aston board. In addition to the aforementioned V-8 engines, Aston Martin and AMG will co-develop electrical architectures for future cars, and will explore whether they can cooperate in other areas of vehicle manufacturing. Aston Martin will still build its cars itself in the U.K.

"This strategic collaboration for Aston Martin will, in our next generation of luxury sports cars, offer our customers increased performance and efficiency whilst retaining the unique character and style of an Aston Martin," the company said in a statement.

While it's still unclear exactly what models may come of the AMG-Aston partnership, one possibility is a production version of the Lagonda SUV concept (pictured) that Aston Martin showed at the 2009 Geneva auto show. Reports indicate the vehicle could be based on the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class. It's also possible that the partnership will allow Aston Martin to access some of Mercedes' smaller engines, as well as entire vehicle platforms for future Aston Martin cars.

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