Latest Developments in the World of European Car Makers
|   Friday, May 03, 2013
Aston Martin has confirmed plans to enter a partnership with Investindustrial, a leading industrial and investment solutions firm. The deal was confirmed back in December 2012 and is expected to be worth £150 Million by Aston Martin. The company plans on using this amount to start work on a new platform which is to be supported by The Investment Dar and Adeem Investment apart from Investindustrial.

Investindustrial is reported to be one of the biggest European investment groups and reportedly manages £2.
Billion worth of assets. Insiders at Investindustrial claim that the firm offers expert guidance to client companies to ensure a healthy long term prospect and enhanced chances of expansion. With proper guidance and support, Aston Martin claims that the company is in sound financial health and is in a position to make decisions for itself.

Aston Martin will however be based out of Gaydon where the primary factory and the headquarter is currently based. This news is followed by news that current boss Ulrich Bez will be stepping down from the helm to take up a more centralized position in the operations of the firm. Aston Martin is currently working on the four door grand Touring vehicle, the Rapide S which is powered by a 550 BHP displacing engine.

The latest images of the BMW M4 testing at the Nurburgring test track have been leaked out. The M4 is expected to be unveiled late next year and the vehicle is far from complete. However, some of the distinct features of this car are the low slung exhaust pipes, lowered suspension along with the wider wheel arch. The M4 is the official expansion of the 3 Series and it replaces both the 3 Series Convertible and Coupe models.

The Series have been the tagged as the 4 Series which makes the M3 is the sole 3 Series tagged vehicle at the moment. BMW is enhancing the vehicles to lend an up market feel and this mirrors the similar policy applied on the 5 and 6 Series vehicles. The M3 and the M4 Cabriolet and Coupe are expected to be powered by the same six cylinder 3.0 liter turbo charged engine and no major mechanical changes are on the cards at the moment.

The latest image of the Mercedes Benz S Class has been leaked and this clearly showcases the much rumored W222 model up close and personal. Mercedes Benz has earlier showcased the interior features of the W222 although the exterior of the S Class was not camouflaged. The current modifications have been made to the lineup to make the vehicle suitable for the Chinese market.

The importance of this vehicle has increased over the years as the failure of Maybach in China has put excessive pressure on the Mercedes Benz productions over the past couple of years. The S Class provides the proper up market chauffeur driven vehicles for the Chinese market and the new vehicle perfectly fits the bill. Mercedes Benz plans on making this vehicle available across showrooms by next year.
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