Aston Martin, Mercedes-AMG Announce Technical Partnership

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Aston Martin will enter into a technical partnership with Mercedes-AMG GmbH, which will allow the British company access to a new range of V-8 engines built by AMG. The agreement will also see AMG taking a stake of up to five percent in Aston Martin, and could lead to a new Aston SUV that shares a Mercedes-Benz platform.

We previously reported that Aston Martin was considering a small partnership with AMG, which would give the company its own unique engines. Now the two companies have confirmed that AMG will build a range of "bespoke V-8 powertrains" for Aston Martin, as well as providing the company with the "electric/electronic" architecture for future models. A statement says the partnership will result in, "a new generation of models that will incorporate cutting edge technology and newly-developed bespoke V-8 powertrains."

"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," company product development director Ian Minards said in a statement.

AMG will have a non-voting stake in Aston Martin; large shares of the British company are also held by Investment DAR, Adeem Investment, and Investindustrial.

In addition to next-generation sports cars -- likely including updated versions of the Virage, Vantage, Vanquish, and Rapide -- Aston Martin is expected to tap Mercedes-AMG for a new seven-passenger crossover. The idea for such a model was first teased with the Aston Martin Lagonda concept (pictured) shown at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show; reports indicate that a production Lagonda would be paired with the next-generation Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, due in 2016.

Because AMG is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler AG, it's also possible Aston Martin could access other Mercedes car architectures and engines going forward. Aston Martin CEO Ulrich Bez previously told reporters, "Four- or even three-cylinders are possible. If the spirit of the times demands six-cylinders, then it has to be looked at," perhaps indicating the British marque could pinch downsized engines from Mercedes at some point in the future.

Source: Aston Martin

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