There is increasing speculation that German car giant Mercedes-Benz may buy out British sports car marque Aston Martin.
> Speaking to Autocar magazine, Mercedes boss Dieter Zetsche did not rule out the possibility of acquiring the iconic UK manufacturer.
Mercedes already owns a five per cent state in the Gaydon-based manufacturer, and has signed a deal which will see its new turbocharged AMG engine V8 powering the next generation Vantage.
"This is a fantastic brand, and we are willing to support its further development," Zetsche told the automotive weekly.
Details of the forthcoming engine are currently under wraps, but it is known that the majority of its development is being done by Mercedes' in-house performance subsidiary AMG.
It is likely to be twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre design, with around 480bhp – similar to the unit that is to power the new Mercedes C63 AMG compact saloon.
The engine sharing agreement could be extended to include full platforms, with high-level executives at both of the companies hinting at greater co-operation.
Indeed, Zetsche himself has previously revealed to Autocar his desire for greater technical collaboration between the two premium brands.