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Mercedes and Aston Martin Ink Partnership Deal

Words Jim Davis | July 25, 2013
Supply agreements for AMG engines and Mercedes Electric / Electronic components in return for up to 5% equity in Aston Martin
Words Jim Davis July 25, 2013

Daimler AG’s high performance brand and subsidiary, Mercedes-AMG GmbH have entered into a technical partnership with Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd signing, a Letter of Intent today. The main focus of the partnership is for supply agreements between Mercedes-AMG, Mercedes-Benz Cars and Aston Martin. Mercedes-AMG will supply Aston Martin with engines, while Mercedes-Benz Cars will provide the British luxury sports car manufacturer with e/e (electric/electronic) components for Aston Martin’s future models.

What does Daimler get out of the deal? Daimler will receive up to 5% equity in Aston Martin without cash consideration in several steps following the progress of the technical partnership. At the same time, the company will receive an observer status in the Board of Management of Aston Martin. Based on the Letter of Intent, both parties have the intention to work towards signing of definitive agreements during the second half of the year. The overall transaction is subject to the conclusion on definitive agreement and applicable regulatory approvals, if required.

Ola K√§llenius, Head of Mercedes-AMG GmbH: “We are proud to work with Aston Martin and provide them with powertrain and e/e components for their forthcoming sports cars. This is proof of AMG’s technological and performance expertise and a real win-win situation for both sides.”

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.”

More news will come but both parties have agreed on non-disclosure of further details of the planned partnership for the time being.