Aston Martin could be owned by Mercedes-Benz both automakers are currently working together to create a new V8 engine for the Vantage and possibly C63.
Mercedes-Benz CEO Dieter Zetsche is looking to purchase Aston Martin, according to Autocar UK. Zetsche already owns five per cent of Aston Martin and could possibly acquire the UK firm. “This is a fantastic brand, and we are willing to support its further development,” Zetsche told Autocar.
Both of the automakers are currently working together to develop a new V8 that will be added to Aston’s next-generation Vantage, and will be manufactured in Germany. Aston Martin will specify the requirements for the engine while Mercedes will work on the ECU programming and installation. The engine is still a secret, but will most likely be powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8, good for about 480 horsepower. It will be in the next-generation Vantage and could possibly appear in the C63 AMG for Mercedes.
If the rumours are true, Zetsche could be extending his partnership with Aston Martin, which will include the sharing of electronic components and platform sharing as well.