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 doesnâ€™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
â€œAston Martin needs engines and nobody at Daimler wants to let the Maybach brand die,â€ 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 wouldnâ€™t be that easy), but Daimlerâ€™s inexplicable desire to revive Maybach complicates things considerably. Especially considering that Astonâ€™s only recent four-door is actually contract built in Austria by Magna. Still, given Astonâ€™s other tie-ups, this partnership could be a lot worse.