Archive for December, 2010

Aston Martin-Maybach Concept Coming

Aston Martin-Maybach Concept Coming

Talk about a blast from the past: TTAC first took note of talks between Aston Martin and Daimler nearly three years ago, and the Maybach connection first shows up a few months later. But all this time later it doesn’t sound like a whole lot of progress has been made. The FT reports that the two sides are still

sounding out a partnership in which Aston Martin could take engine technology from the German carmaker in exchange for building the cars
“Aston Martin needs engines and nobody at Daimler wants to let the Maybach brand die,” said one industry insider.

The problem is that the only fruit of these years of rumored Aston-Daimler flirtations has not been AMG-engined Aston sexiness, but rather the unloved GL-based Lagonda Concept. But Automotive News [sub] cites German media reports that say Daimler has

commissioned a mock-up of a new Maybach limousine that would use know-how and parts from Aston Martin. The new Maybach could debut at the 2011 Frankfurt auto show

We always thought this deal would be as easy as bunging a 6.3 into the Vantage and calling it good (OK, we knew it wouldn’t be that easy), but Daimler’s inexplicable desire to revive Maybach complicates things considerably. Especially considering that Aston’s only recent four-door is actually contract built in Austria by Magna. Still, given Aston’s other tie-ups, this partnership could be a lot worse.

Miluira electric car

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Bet you thought the Smart Car was not passenger-friendly. Wait till you get a load of the Miluira. Takayanagi’s one-person electric car is a blast from the past, but with a drive from the future.

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If you can get over the fact that you’ll never be able to drive anyone but yourself in the Miluira, then you might understand what’s so special about it — it’s electric and has slick retro looks. Really, the Miluira looks like something Henry Ford would design if he were alive today.

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Despite its detailed stylings, the Miluira disappoints in being, you know, a car. It can only reach a top speed of about 37 mph and travel up to 21 miles before requiring a pit stop at an EV station. The Miluira can probably be classified as more of a souped-up go-kart than as a real car.

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Lucky for you, the Miluira is not another concept car. It’ll be available in March 2011 for about Â¥6.3 million or roughly $76,000.

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