Aston Martin, the British ultra-luxury supercar manufacturer that has a technical partnership with Germany’s Daimler, is reportedly mulling a US plant in Alabama.
The US state would be chosen for its already existing Mercedes-Benz factory that produces both SUVs and passenger cars. The proximity would allow Aston Martin to closely collaborate with its industrial partner, with the decision reportedly expressed by the UK automaker’s new chief executive officer, Andy Palmer during a discussion with British auto magazine Autocar. Palmer added that Aston Martin has been courted to bring their next factory not only to the US, but also to other countries worldwide – yielding numerous media rumors on the subject. “It is not decided yet but clearly with our arrangement with Daimler it would make sense to look closely at the possible synergies of working close to them in Alabama,” he commented for Autocar. The Vance, Alabama plant Daimler has in the US currently takes care of the production of most of its Mercedes-Benz sport utility models. Through a technical partnership, Daimler has also been granted 5 percent ownership of Aston in exchange for supplying the UK supercar maker with engines and electronic architectures from its high-performance unit Mercedes-AMG.
Settin ght location of its upcoming production facility next to the Mercedes-Benz plant makes sense since Aston Martin is going to introduce its first crossover model – the production version of the DBX concept showcased this year. Several reports claim the series model would be based on the architecture that will underpin the new Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe. The latter was also introduced recently, at this month’s Auto Shanghai motor event in China.
Via Automotive News Europe