Talks between Aston Martin and Daimler have reportedly fallen apart regarding the future of the Maybach brand.
A couple of months ago, it was reported that Aston Martin and struggling uber luxury brand Maybach were engaged in partnership talks. At that time, Daimler was talking to Aston Martin about the possibility of an engine and platform sharing agreement. The deal supposedly called for Aston Martin to build the Maybach 57/62 successor in exchange for hybrid technology, the 4.6-liter twin-turbo V8, and even the platforms from the 2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class and the upcoming 2013 S-Class.
Knowing this, it's clear that Aston Martin is looking to develop an SUV and either another large sedan or a platform for the next generation Rapide. But now according to a report from German publication Auto Motor und Sport, those discussions are now on the "brink of extinction" because Aston Martin is requesting more money than Maybach is willing to pay to build upcoming Maybach models. The source is now claiming that Daimler plans to develop the next-generation Maybachs internally and is even looking into making it into a sub-brand of Mercedes.