It may seem like a small thing, but it is an interesting political move nonetheless. Mercedes and Aston-Martin are in a partnership to share engine bits; mostly in the form of Astons getting versions of AMG engines in their lineup. AMG may get chassis architecture in return, but Mercedes’ CEO, Dieter Zetsche tried to downplay the relationship suggesting that it would be better if customers knew about the relationship, but only in small bites: “A subtle involvement in Aston-Martin is better for us,” said Zetsche.
Zetsche went further on, saying that it would be unlikely that either manufacturer would have any role in directing the others’ future design plans. The chassis link is a logical one because Aston’s current stable is aging and will likely need to invest significantly in the coming years, an investment that may be shared with the Germans.
-By: Sawyer Sutton