THE WEEK THAT WAS: Anyone want to buy a supercar maker?
Intriguing observation from the Los Angeles motor show this week. No one from British HQ on the Aston Martin stand, which was run instead by the local dealer, so perhaps they were all back in Blighty readying for a much-rumoured sale?
We were nattering about that in the office yesterday. Should India's Mahindra & Mahindra nab that 50% controlling stake, reportedly up for grabs, that would be two former Ford Premier Automotive Group (PAG) 'British' luxury car units owned or at least controlled by the one-time 'jewel of the empire'. Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover is the other. Bit of a turn-about, eh?
The LA show itself was pretty much as expected, a product fest, with little major industry news of global interest (plenty for the US, though), and we've grouped our coverage together here. You might find this auto-buying snapshot of the great state of Callyfornya interesting, too.
While Renault's Dacia was touting a very low lease rate for one of its models as it gears up to launch here in the UK, Euro NCAP put the boot in, proving that the old adage - you get what you pay for - still rings true.
Have a nice weekend.
Graeme Roberts, Deputy Editor, just-auto.com
Daimler is reportedly in early talks with Aston Martin over a supply arrangement to Aston Martin that is thought to involve Mercedes engines....
Tesla has named Aston Martin's vehicle engineering head, Chris Porritt, as its new vice president of vehicle engineering....
Aston Martin has confirmed that the Investindustrial partnership previously announced in December 2012 has been completed....
Toyota Kirloskar Motor has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services to extend auto retail finance to its prospective customers....
BMW is to start assembling its Mini Countryman at its plant in Chennai, India, later this year....
Aston Martin Holdings has reported 2012 final quarter revenue up 20% over the same period in 2011 and a full year adjusted EBITDA of GBP69.3m (US$106.51) on sales of 3,800 vehicles....
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