It is midnight on June the 30th, 2019 and Brexit has just taken effect, meaning that the United Kingdom has just completed its withdrawal from the European Union. The reason: Britain couldn’t – or wouldn’t – conform to the idea, and practice, of a greater European market structure, Well, the short version of it.
Ironically, despite the country’s decision to go it alone, many British companies retain strong ties to Europe, particularly in the motor industry. They need to, in a globalised marketplace, if only to survive.
Aston Martin, for example, recently launched their newest model, the Vantage V8 (read more on page 30), and while the name is British, its heart beats German. Powered by an AMG-sourced V8, a brilliant engine by any measure, it wasn’t British enough for the Gaydonbased carmaker, so they tuned and retuned the exhaust note until, finally, it sounded like an old-school Aston.
This sourcing and repurposing is nothing new. As a matter of fact, we see it all the time.
Nissans are repurposed as Renaults, and even the new Mercedes-Benz X-Class makes use of a Nissan Navara chassis. And speaking of Mercedes-Benz, its parent company, Daimler AG, recently had to give up the goods in the form of a 9.7% stake to Chinese entrepreneur, Li Shufu, who is also the founder of Geely, who in turn, owns Volvo.
It’s all very complicated this. So, we ask, when the pin finally drops, will there be any cars left that are true to their heritage? Or are diluted bloodlines the way of the future?
While these are all very intriguing questions, we do know that Driven will remain true to its mission of providing you with the very best in premium motoring content.