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For a while now an interesting rumor has been circulating the internet about Mercedes preparing to buy Aston Martin.

Now, Daimler Chairman Dr. Dieter Zetsche came out and said that this will not happen.

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Aston Martin Mercedes

His exact words were “no plans to increase our stake or takeover”. And while the message is quite clear, I am still a bit intrigued about the rumor. Was there any truth to it, and if yes, what are the reasons behind the deal falling through?

Thing is, few car makers can still say they are independent, and being taken over by a bigger manufacturer is the norm. Also the companies that get taken over tend to prosper under new leadership. Right now, it seems that the partnership between Mercedes and Aston Martin will simply resume to AMG building some V8 egines for Aston Martin to use in their next Vantage.