Following on from the recent Aston Martin and Mercedes-Benz tie-up, it has been confirmed that Daimler chief Dieter Zetsche is up for the idea of extending the deal past the present engine and electrical architecture sharing.
While speaking at the Detroit Motor Show 2014, Zetsche confirmed that while there are currently no plans to extend the deal further than it already is, there is a possibility the partnership could go further depending on how the current arrangement develops. What additional sharing could occur is currently unclear, but reports have previously emerged suggesting that platforms could be shared between the two for the next-generation Mercedes-Benz GL and the possible Aston Martin Lagonda SUV.
2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante
When further discussing the recent partnership as a whole, Zetsche said, “Electronic architectures and engines require big investment that can be hard to secure on small volumes. We have a supply agreement that is good for them and good for us as it’s an entry point to a five per cent [share in Aston]. It’s a good move for both sides.”
While nothing has been officially said about this, we’d love to see a jointly developed sports car or even a supercar from the pair combining the brute force of AMG’s engines with Aston Martin’s finesse and top-class driveability and luxury.