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Aston Martin SUV in the works?

2014-04-01 07:55

FUTURE ASTON MARTIN SUV: Aston Martin could revive its hopes to produce an SUV with a new collaboration with Mercedes-Benz. The Aston Martin Lagonda SUV concept made its debut in 2009. Image: Aston Martin

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2013 Mercedes-Benz GL

2013-04-25 23:50

New exterior design, weight reduction and loads of tech, Mercedes-Benz new GL has arrived on our shores. The luxury G-Class represents the classiest way to bundu bash through SA!

LONDON, England - Luxury automaker Aston Martin is in discussions with Mercedes-Benz as it hopes to build its first SUV  to launched within three or four years, reports the Financial Times.

The FT said a possible SUV collaboration is one of a number of potential areas of collaboration between Aston Martin and Mercedes. The paper cited people who declined to be identified.

Mercedes-Benz told Reuters: "The parties are working to conclude the terms of an additional cooperation for the supply of electric electronic components."

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Daimler chief executive Dieter Zetsche told Reuters that the company would be open to sharing its GL off-roader platform  with Aston Martin though it would depend on product plans.

In 2013, Aston Martin teamed up with Mercedes-AMG GmbH division to develop a new generation of V8 engines and electronic components.

Daimler in return took a non-voting stake of up to 5% in the 100-year-old British automaker, which achieved its greatest fame with the 1963 launch of the DB5 sports car featured in early James Bond movies.

An Aston Martin spokeswoman told Reuters that the automaker does not have any such plans: "We do not currently have a plan to add an SUV to the model line-up."

She declined to elaborate on product discussions.
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