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    http://www.marketwatch.com/news/stor...88ACEA5A5CE%7D

    Aston Martin could be sold for more than $1 bln - report




    Last Update: 12:34 PM ET Dec 10, 2006



    LONDON (MarketWatch) -- Aston Martin, the British car maker put up for sale by Ford Motor Co. (F), could be sold for as much as GBP600 million to billionaire Simon Halabi, The Sunday Times cited City sources as saying.

    The one that has been confirmed is Simon Halabi, who was born in Syria and has supposedly thrown over $1 billion into the ring.

    http://www.autoblog.com/2006/12/11/a...nent/#comments

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    Re: James Bond to drive an Arab Car :D

    Crazy. Just crazy. Aston cannot worth that much.
    But whatever.

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    That COULD make sense actually. Ford would take in loads of $$$, which it really needs, while not creating much potential competition (I wonder how the sheik is going to make cars without Ford's assistance). This would also open up the possibilities for Jag to go up in the sportscar department. It's a much better move than e.g. divesting Jaguar, provided they invest this money in putting Jaguar back on its paws, and do it the right way.

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    Re: James Bond to drive an Arab Car :D

    I dont see any reason why Jag wouldnt be worth that much..

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    I'd rather they keep Aston Martin instead of Jag.

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    That would be a good start. Then you'd have to find someone to buy Jag and the rest of them, so they can focus on Ford.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bravada
    That COULD make sense actually. Ford would take in loads of $$$, which it really needs, while not creating much potential competition (I wonder how the sheik is going to make cars without Ford's assistance). This would also open up the possibilities for Jag to go up in the sportscar department. It's a much better move than e.g. divesting Jaguar, provided they invest this money in putting Jaguar back on its paws, and do it the right way.
    If the guy is willing to blow 660 M$ on Aston he has the resources to fund an engineering department... Aston was owned by a damn tractor company for 40 years and that didn't hurt 'em.



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    Ford should keep Aston Martin and get rid of Jag. AM needs more coverage. Just dont see them enough. I LOVE their cars. Id have one over a lamb/ferrari anyday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smaart Aas Saabr
    If the guy is willing to blow 660 M$ on Aston he has the resources to fund an engineering department... Aston was owned by a damn tractor company for 40 years and that didn't hurt 'em.
    Well the cars were not very good then. I think Ford would love to unload Jag and land Rover and keep Aston if at all possible. But Aston makes money, Jag doesn't and who knows about Land Rover. I have read several reports that Jag and Land Rover are so entertwined they are essentially one company on the books.

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    They should give Bond a super sweet Holden now.........let his next villian drive an A-M....hehe

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    Its really a sad day for me because I wanted Ford to keep Aston , Aston is making a profit of over 100 million this year and Land Rover is the most profitable brand of the PAG
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    I wonder if the AML employees could buy the company from FoMoCo just so that it can stay in British hands. If this ever makes it onto ITN, BBC, or Sky heaven knows what controversy would arise from this. It could also be Blair's downfall, after the MG Rover debacle. After all, isn't Newport Pagnell a short drive from London via the M1?

    If anything, Ford should at least retain some stake in AML.

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    I don't think many people would care in the UK if Aston is owned by Americans or by Arabs - after all, it hasn't been British for quite some time. Besides, it's not the most prominent British automaker. If Ford closed Jag, the outrage would be far worse (btw what Ford needs to do to keep Jag afloat is somehow to apply continental production costs to UK, this is what is pushing them into the red). Anyway - I don't think Blair will even notice. He'd better send Gordon Brown on a long vacation and quickly adopt the Euro before Gordie finds out.

    Branson seems more oriented on forward-looking/green investments, only dirty rich Russians and Arabs are interested in going into stagnant mature sectors and/or "boy toy" companies. Per saldo I think it is better, as Branson has more chances to get even more rich, and he is somehow less probable to fund terroist attacks or polonium poisonings than a few Russian or Arab nababs I can think of...

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    OT: Maybe if Ford sells Jaguar and Land Rover, GM could purchase those divisions.

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    Holy light, that's another billion to help the case...

    Never heard of him before.

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