Aston Martin Cygnet city car confirmed for production

Aston Martin Cygnet city car confirmed for production

British sportscar maker Aston Martin has announced that its Cygnet mini car is no longer just a concept and will go into full production. Originally shown as a pre-production concept car at this year’s Geneva Salon in March, the Cygnet is based on the Toyota iQ city car but is given signature styling cues such as the gaping front grille, and alloy wheels, plus a high-luxury interior with details that match the automaker’s supercar range. The luxury city car is scheduled for production with sales to start in 2011, pricing and specification will be announced later this year, but it is likely that the Cygnet will only be sold to existing Aston customers.

Described as a luxury solution to the problems of urban mobility, the Cygnet will be built at Aston Martin’s Gaydon facility in the UK using stripped down Toyota iQs shipped from Japan. The British automaker tells it like it is about the Cygnet’s intended purpose.

“Whatever we do, we do right. If we do performance, we do performance; we don’t downsize or compromise our sports cars. The Cygnet needs to satisfy the demands of emissions and space. It is a car without compromise, just like every other Aston Martin. Our customers need a small car for urban and city use, and they want the right tools for the right job, to downsize creatively without compromising intelligence, artistry and personality,”says Aston Martin CEO Dr Ulrich Bez.

Dr Bez explained further: “The Cygnet is designed to support our sports cars by providing a greater degree of freedom in the urban context; it is a very special car, a premium but compact package with heart, soul and personality. This car is reality; Cygnet is the natural choice for those who want a premium, bespoke commuter car.”

The baby Aston Martin will be initially powered by a 1.3-litre four-cylinder engine but it’s expected that a full-electric version with a 100km range will follow. The four-cylinder motor will output around 100-horsepower and will be mated to a 6-speed manual transmission or an optional CVT box.

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