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News from volvo sweden...<p>"Aston Martin for sale <br> <br> Ford announces Aston Martin – all, or a portion of - for potential sale.<br>“As part of our ongoing strategic review, we have determined that Aston Martin may be an attractive opportunity to raise capital," says Bill Ford, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Ford Motor Company.<p>Bill Ford further comments the decision:<br>“Aston Martin has flourished under Ford ownership, which is why we believe it is prudent to consider a sale.”<p>Regarding the other companies within Premier Automotive Group (Volvo, Jaguar and Land Rover) no decisions are made. But Bill Ford underlines he continues to be encouraged by the Volvo product lineup and by Jaguar's and Land Rover’s progress."<br> <br>
 

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"You can stop wondering which brand in Ford's Premier Auto Group will be the first to go. It's Aston Martin. Though speculation had pointed to a possible sale of Jaguar and/or Land Rover, in a statement Ford indicates that Aston Martin makes the most sense because it has a completely separate dealer network, its products share few parts with other Ford brands and its size is much smaller than other members of PAG. Ford will be looking to sell either all or a portion of Aston Martin, supposedly whatever it can get for a good price while ensuring that the James Bond brand finds a happy home. As this process has just begun, no buyers have stepped forward and expressed interest. <p>Volvo, Jaguar and Land Rover aren't in the clear yet, however. As to their future, Bill Ford says, "we've made no decisions, as our review of strategic alternatives continues." <p>Is this the right move? Aston Martin is arguably better off today than it was when Ford purchased it in the late Nineties, so there's definitely some equity in the brand that the Blue Oval feels it can collect. Keep in mind this announcement doesn't guarantee anyone's interested in purchasing Aston Martin or that a transaction will take place, but the For Sale sign has been staked in the front yard and Bill Ford's waiting inside with lemonade and cookies for prospective buyers. "<p>From Autoblog.com
 
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