Tuesday, March 10, 2009

RumorMill : Lagonda Concept gives first hint at Aston Martin - Mercedes Benz cooperation

When Aston Martin announced bringing back the Lagonda brand with the Lagonda Concept in Gevena Motor Show last week, Aston got positive feedback on moving it to production. So, Aston confirmed that the production version SUV of the old luxury brand will come by in 2012. However, according to Aston Martin Lagonda designer Marek Reichman, said that the “body language is avant-garde.”

Reichman also confirmed that the Concept in fact shares its platform with the Mercedes-Benz GL, giving us the first hint at a closer Aston Martin and Mercedes-Benz relationship. Reichman said that the Lagonda Concept is the very first product of cooperation between Aston and Daimler. So, although it has a Aston Martin V12 right now, but in production form, it could see V6, AMG V8 as well as Daimler’s two-mode hybrid system. Reichman also said that the luxury Lagonda Concept will capable of doing some off-roading on rough roads, too.

So, if the British-German relationship really works, we could see some other models, like a DB10 or more luxury SUVs that have the British soul and passion, but beneath, it's German engineering.

Source : [Motor Trend]

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