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Aston Martin, Mercedes-AMG Won’t Flaunt Technical Partnership

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 2/3/2014 Jason Udy

Although Mercedes-Benz will supply future Aston Martin products with eight-cylinder AMG engines and electrical architecture, the technical partnership will be discrete, Autocar reports. Mercedes boss Dieter Zetsche said that future Aston Martin models with AMG engines won’t sport any AMG or Mercedes badging under the hood or on the exterior. 2014 Aston Martin V8 Vantage S© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Aston Martin V8 Vantage S

"A subtle involvement with Aston Martin is better for us," Zetsche told Autocar. "Our customers will know about it without us making too much of the link. That is enough for us."

While the two companies have only agreed on engine sharing and electrical components, Mercedes won’t have any influence over the British automaker’s future products.

"It is up to Aston Martin to make specific product plans. We have only just agreed a deal in which we announced we would share engines and electrical components," said Zetsche.

So far the technical partnership only includes engine an electrical sharing. That that could change, however, if Aston Martin sees using a newer Mercedes’ alloy chassis architecture as a cost effective way to replace its VH (vertical, horizontal) bonded and riveted alloy chassis that first appeared under the DB9 coupe a decade ago. MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

Additionally, Aston Martin could also use the next Mercedes GL chassis to underpin a seven-passenger SUV like a production version of the Lagonda concept from the 2000 Geneva auto show.

"It’s for them to decide. But we would listen carefully to them," said Zetsche.

Source: Autocar

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