Speaking with Britain’s Autocar, Aston Martin boss Ulrich Bez reportedly said that platform-sharing with Mercedes would be “good business”.
“There is a potential to see how far it goes,” Mr Bez said, referring to possible platform sharing.
“I look at what Porsche is doing with the 911 as its core business and then it is able to do models like the Cayenne based on the Volkswagen Touareg. It is good business.”
Upon announcing the deal with Daimler in July, Aston Martin said the partnership included future engine supply and technology sharing.
Mr Bez added the partnership also gives Aston Martin the ability to react quickly to regulation changes.
“The challenge in the future is for me to have a solution to, say, tax brackets in China; at the moment there is 100 percent tax on engines over 4.0 litres,” Mr Bez said.
“In the future it might be less. You need to be flexible but, selling 5000-7000 vehicles a year, we can’t be.”
Speculation surrounding the future of V12-powered Astons can hopefully be put to bed, with Mr Bez saying he believes the V12 could live on for “another 10 years at least”.
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