Bloomberg Businessweek says that, according to five sources, majority shareholder (64%) of British automaker Aston Martin Investment Dar Co. have approached potential buyers interested in acquiring the prestigious brand.

Among the candidates is Toyota, which have reportedly hired an auditor to conduct a preliminary study of a week on the subject of a possible Aston Martin purchase .

One may ask who is right in this story, as a Investment Dar spokesman and a Aston Martin communications director of Aston Martin have denied the reports. However, knowing that the British brand is the only one not belonging to a large automotive gorup and that the Scion iQ has been used as the base for the Cygnet small city luxury city car, the rumor seems to make sense.

Other considered options: an alliance with Lotus as well as a takeover by Tata Motors – owner of Jaguar and Land Rover – which happens to own a plant just besides Aston Martin’s Gaydon, UK facility.

This sounds really interesting! We’ll stay tuned for more developments on this story.

Sources: Businessweek, Zerotohundred

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