The retro-futuristic Aston Martin CC100 concept could hint at ideas the new partners will develop into future products for the British maker.
Two classic European luxury makers, Mercedes-Benz and Aston Martin, have decided to team up in a deal with wide-ranging opportunities. They’ve signed a letter of intent to work together on a new technical partnership and hope to have the final papers signed by year-end.
The move could prove a critical one for Aston Martin, the British-based maker that is struggling to define its future even as it celebrates its centenary. The announcement of the new deal raises as many questions as answers, however, and could foretell an even broader alliance if the initial partnership work out.
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“We are proud to work with Aston Martin,” said Ola Kallenius, the head of Mercedes-AMG GmbH, the high-performance arm of Mercedes-Benz.
Under the new partnership, AMG will provide Aston with some of its powertrains and electrical systems, while the British maker also will gain access to other Mercedes performance technologies. Significantly, the Germans appear to positioned to take a role in the development of future products from Aston Martin.