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Has Aston Martin Just Extended Its Engine Deal With Ford?

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Aston Martin currently sources its V-8 and V-12 engines from Ford, which builds them on a dedicated line at one of its plants in Cologne, Germany. The current supply deal for the engines is slated to end this year, which has led to speculation Aston Martin may switch over to AMG engines due to its new investor Investindustrial, which has past links with the Affalterbach tuner.

But according to a new report by The Sunday Times, Aston Martin has extended its current deal with Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] for another five years.

That doesn’t mean there won’t be any changes to the engines, however. New Euro 6 emissions standards coming into effect in September, 2014 would require modifications to the engines.

In addition, Aston Martin may have to follow some of its rivals and adopt hybrid technology to meet future emissions and fuel consumption regulations. Bosch recently showcased a modular hybrid system fitted to an Aston Martin DB9 which boosted the car’s output to a combined 740 horsepower.

If the report proves true and Aston Martin sticks with its Ford-built engines, that doesn’t necessarily mean there won’t be any sharing of technology with AMG. Everything from electronic systems to dual-clutch transmissions to whole platforms, like that of the upcoming SLS AMG replacement, could potentially be shared.

Stay tuned for an update.

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