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Maybach and Aston Martin to Team on Cars/Engines

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On: Tue, Dec 28, 2010 at 1:56PM | By: Chris Weiss

Maybach and Aston Martin to Team on Cars/Engines

Audi and Bentley, meet Aston Martin and Maybach. According to a report originating in Financial Times, Aston Martin and Maybach may very well be the next high-powered, high-end car companies to team up on vehicles. More accurately, the partnership would be a broader team-up between Aston Martin and Daimler.

As the report goes, the partnership would involve a trade-off between the two companies. Aston would develop a sedan for Maybach and Daimler would supply Aston with engine technology. The mutually beneficial move would position Maybach to sell more cars than it has been able to in recent years (when was the last time you thought of Maybach as opposed to Bentley or Rolls Royce, when thinking about ultra-premium luxury cars?). Aston, in turn, would update its aging engine line to help it remain competitive and meet tightening emissions regulations.

Maybach is currently only selling cars in the hundreds (per year, not month) so it could use all the help that it can get. Aston, on the other hand, relies on older engines from its Ford days and would benefit from Daimler's more advanced technology.

Of course, official players are denying any connection whatsoever. Reuters quoted a Daimler official as saying: "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."

According to German magazine Auto Zeitung, Daimler has gone so far as to create a mock-up of a future Maybach sedan that would use Aston parts. A concept version of that car could debut as early as next year's Frankfurt Motor Show.
Personally, I'd love to see what Aston could do with the Maybach. I've always found Maybachs to look a step or two below Bentley and Rolls models, even though they're supposedly in the same class. I think fresh blood could only help. And Aston seems like just the right blood donor.


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