A new era in the history of Aston Martin will begin in around three to four years, according to Mercedes CEO, Dr Dieter Zetsche. An agreement in principle for AMG to supply Aston Martin with engines and components was signed back in July, but this is the first time we’ve been given any real sense of time scale.
“Aston’s new investor was convinced that it would be helpful to associate with someone with experience in fast car technology,” Zetsche told us. “When you make decisions like this it usually takes three to four years to see the results.”
It’s believed that AMG will supply Aston with turbocharged V8 engines, gearboxes and electrical components for a new-generation of models – including replacements for the ageing DB9 and V8 Vantage. It will spell the end of a long-standing relationship with Ford, who currently supplies its V8 and V12 engines, built in its Cologne plant.
Back when the deal was originally signed, Aston Martin Product Development Director Ian Minards said: “We have selected AMG specifically as the basis for this powertrain development process. Aston Martin sources cutting edge technology from key suppliers around the globe and the opportunity to include content from Mercedes-AMG GmbH in our next generation sports cars is, clearly, good news.”
Zetsche also confirmed rumours that the Daimler, Renault, Nissan allicance has begun work on a flexible new small car platform – expected to underpin replacements for the current A, B, CLA and GLA-Class models. “We are working hard on just that [a shared platform] with respect of compact cars,” he said.