Aston Martin, much like many of its other counterparts in the auto industry, are expanding their lineups more than ever, though not just to reduce the company’s CAFE or Corporate Average Fuel Economy like the Aston Martin Cygnet, the hideous Toyota iQ based luxury subcompact.
In order to expand their offerings and increase sales and profit, Aston Martin has just announced that it will be officially producing the proposed Lagonda SUV, which debuted at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show. According to some sources from Mercedes-Benz, the latest W166 M-Class will be the backbone for the Lagonda SUV.
Because the Mercedes-Benz M-Class will also be the basis for the next generation GL-Class, Mercedes-Benz will be making a “slightly longer” version of the W166 platform, which will make its way into being a GL-Class. Aston Martin will too be using the longer platform for the Lagonda SUV.
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Aston Martin and Mercedes-Benz both insist on doing the Lagonda SUV because of the potential in terms of sales, especially in fast growing markets such as China and Russia, where off-roaders are very important for travel since the road infrastructure in both countries are still lacking considerably.
In the same press conference but in other news, Mercedes-Benz has also announved that it will be officially debuting the full-beans AMG version of the W166 ML, which is said to use a 5.5L twin-turbocharged V8 good for 515hp and 516 torques.
– By: Chris Chin