While rumors that Aston Martin will be sold to another automaker date back as far as 2008, the latest round has been shot down by Dr. Ulrich Bez, the British luxury sportscar brand's chief. He spoke at the launch of the new Vanquish, but did leave the door open to the possibility that the brand may be sold in the future.
"I can categorically say that we are not for sale," Bez said. "In the future – 2015, 2016, whenever – it is impossible to predict, but today it will not happen."
He continued by stating that he gets interest in the purchase nearly every day, but him and other executives at Aston aren't pursuing such a possibility. The automaker has been independent for nearly six years now, with Ford owning the company before that.
Aston Martin may also move forward with its more upscale Lagonda brand, which is seen as an asset by its potential suitors as well. Early last year, a concept car was shown off bearing the name, with Bez himself giving the launch of the brand a go-ahead, AutoCar reported. The brand may launch as many as three unique models, including a crossover, luxury sedan, and maybe a sports car.