Saturday, October 16, 2010

Aston Martin Cygnet gets the green light?

The Aston Martin Cygnet will go into production in 2011 at the company’s headquarters in Warwickshire.

Aston Martin CEO Dr Ulrich Bez said “whatever we do, we do right. The Aston Martin Cygnet needs to satisfy the demands of emissions and space. It is a car without compromise, just like every other Aston Martin.”

If you ask Aston Martin, it'll tell you the car was born of a desire to provide its customers with a small vehicle for urban and city use. The reality, though, is that the Cygnet will allow the company to comply with the EU's forthcoming average CO2 emissions targets, which state that 65 per cent of a car manufacturer's fleet must emit no more than 130g/km by 2012.

Personally, we'd have preferred if Aston Martin had attempted to meet the EU's demands by creating a hybrid or electric car instead of modifying a Toyota, but the latter is undeniably the cheaper, safer, quicker option. Word on the Interwebs is that it'll cost somewhere in the region of £30,000 -- which is considerably more than the £10,228 the entry-level iQ costs.

The Aston Martin Cygnet is a small city car based on the Toyota iQ.

Aston signatures such as the bonnet and the DB9 rear lights will be fitted in the Aston factory in UK.
Aston Martin's chief executive Ulrich Bez reassured customers in a broadcast video, 'Whatever we do, we do right.
The small car had attracted no small amount of controversy as it could signal a compromise in Aston Martin's brand value.
Aston Martin owners will get priority when the car first launches, the official Twitter account for Aston Martin said.

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