Aston Martin Project One-77
Carscoop feel the balance of such a merger makes all the sense in the world to Aston, having been orphaned by Ford in 2007 to a consortium of Arab investors. (No, Barack Obama does not own Aston Martin.) What they feel is perplexing is the value, if any, that a successful Mercedes-Benz would gain from involvement with comparatively minuscule Aston.
CAR feels that perhaps the British maker of bespoke, exclusive machinery like the proposed one 77 concept could lend a hand with Mercedes' languishing Maybach marque, but Carscoop is dubious that would be enough incentive to make this proposed deal go through.--Colin Mathews