Mercedes-Benz has taken a larger stake in Aston Martin as brand targets profits of £500m

Time 5:54 pm, October 27, 2020

Mercedes-Benz and Aston Martin have agreed a new deal which will see the German firm will become as one of the British luxury carmaker’s largest shareholders. 

Representing an expansion on the pair’s existing agreement, the move will give Aston Martin greater access to Mercedes technology, with highlights including the firm’s electric and hybrid powertrains.

The firms have said Mercedes’ shareholding will be increased gradually up to a maximum of 20 per cent.

Future electric architecture will be made available ‘for all product launches through to 2027’, according to Aston. 

Heralded as a ‘transformational moment for Aston Martin’ by executive chairman Lawrence Stroll, the agreement forms part of the firm’s ‘long-term product expansion plans’.

Stroll also announced today that the luxury British carmaker is targeting revenue of £2bn by 2024/25 and EBITDA profits of around £500m.

Stroll added that the announcement was ‘truly game-changing’. ‘

He said: ‘We now have the right team, partner, plan and funding in place to transform the Company to be one of the greatest luxury car brands in the world.’

The agreement will also see Merc gradually increase its stake in Aston Martin up to a maximum of 20 per cent.

The German carmaker previous owned around five per cent of Aston shares as part of a previous agreement. 

Wolf-Dieter Kurz, head of product strategy at Mercedes-Benz Cars said: ‘We already have a successful technology partnership in place with Aston Martin that has benefited both companies. 

‘With this new expanded partnership, we will be able to provide Aston Martin with access to new cutting-edge powertrain and software technologies and components, including next generation hybrid and electric drive systems.

‘Access to this technology and these components will be provided in exchange for new shares in Aston Martin.’

More: Car Dealer has long thought a closer tie-up between the two brands made sense. 

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Jack Evans is the head of editorial for Car Dealer parent company Blackball Media. An experienced motoring journalist, he covers the latest car launches, motoring news and produces a variety of features for this website.

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