Aston shows us the Cygnet in more detail than ever before
15 February 2010

Aston Martin has shown off its Toyota iQ-based Cygnet in more detail than ever before.

These Aston Martin Cygnet official studio pictures show how Aston has integrated its own styling cues – such as its rear lights and door handles – into the iQ’s existing design.

Aston Martin Cygnet studio pics

The Cygnet’s exterior combines an all-new Aston grille with standard iQ lights to impressive effect. It has been devised entirely by Aston’s Gaydon design group, led by Marek Reichman.

The luxurious, all-hide interior, also designed by Aston, uses the existing cabin’s instrument pack and architecture, but new colours and trim materials give it a new look that's much more luxurious than the standard iQ’s.

The Cygnet uses standard Toyota iQ mechanical components and proportions, but with different wheels and tyres. It is believed that both the iQ’s punchier 1.3 litre four-cylinder engine is the most likely to be offered.

The new model, officially billed as a concept, is expected to be offered for sale before the end of next year. It will initially be sold only to existing Aston Martin owners and those with cars on order, but after an introductory period it will go on general sale.

The Aston Cygnet will be built in Gaydon, using iQs built in Japan and specially imported to the UK for the purpose. The Gaydon factory has a flexible layout that will allow a Cygnet finishing line to be installed without disruption to present Aston models.

Aston Martin expects to build between 1000 and 2000 cars a year, with earliest cars earmarked for sale in the UK and Europe where the iQ has won a five-star NCAP safety rating. Cars will be sold exclusively through Aston dealers.

Aston insiders concede that adding the car to its range will have benefits for the company's average carbon dioxide emissions, but stress that this isn't the motivation for building the Cygnet.

Ulrich Bez, who describes Toyota as the world leader in volume manufacture, wants to offer the Cygnet to existing Aston owners as "a unique combination of opposites, and a novel transport solution”.

“This concept is akin to an exclusive tender for a luxury yacht,” Bez explains. “It allows us to apply Aston Martin design language, craftsmanship and brand values to a completely new segment of the market.”

In the longer term, the car could sell in markets well beyond Europe, if demand is established. It is even possible that cars which left Japan as iQs could eventually be taken back as Cygnets - at more than twice the price.

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16 December 2009

ahahahahahah!

pointless...

the most expensive Toyotas:

- Toyota LF-A

- Toyota Cygnet

- Toyota IQ

... none of them, true necessary.

(it`s better that N. Pagnell will fit in-house gas pedals... or at least, floor mats)

16 December 2009

That is how the interior of the iQ should look! Soo much better

16 December 2009

Utterly ru$$ish looks. Interiors though look nice..

A 500 ferrari tributo is much better looking than this.. Only if I am allowed to compare these two..

What a waste of Aston Martin Name...

16 December 2009

I keep waiting for the punchline on this, but it doesn't seem to be coming anytime soon.

At one point it almost made sense as I once read that they will only be offered when purchasing a new Aston (think of it as an alternative to the bouquet of flowers you get from 'regular' dealers), but now it appears to be going on general sale.

On another note, I fear there will be numerous look-a-like body kits for standard IQs on eBay before the Cygnet goes on sale, thus cheapening the brand further still.

16 December 2009

How about calling it a Lagonda Cygnet - or even a Tickford Cygnet ?

Does that make it any more acceptable ?

p.s. I'm sure we will see James Bond nipping around Rome or Paris in a Cygnet in the next 007 movie - that will boost sales ...

16 December 2009

Absolutely pathetic. Brings back the worst days of BL, when they would add a horrible-looking grille to a mini, add a few bells and whistles and rebadge it Riley or Wolseley.

The AM brand, now one of the world's most admired and revered, will be irreparably damaged if they launch it. Imagine if someone where to say -in the near future- that they own an AM: His/her audience would most likely think "Oh dear, another wannabe with one of those rebadged Toyotas'.

If AM wants to bring emissions down they should incorporate direct fuel injection, start-stop and regenarative braking, but they probably don't have the means now that they're no longer in the Ford group.

I hope it's not the beginning of the end for AM as a similar move did for those revered old brands, but it sure looks like it.

16 December 2009

Cynical marketing ploy, but I like the iPhone dock: perfect for sat nav!

16 December 2009

I like it.... looks so much better than the IQ and has the badge Kudo's. Die hards will hate what it is doing for the brand, but it could well be a runnaway success if it goes on general sale. A bit priccy but I think it looks nice and is a good way of Aston bringing its average Co2 down. As well as opening the joy of owning an Aston maybe not a proper one but could lead to Aston developing there own proper Baby Aston in the future.

Good luck I say look forward to seeing one in the flesh.

16 December 2009

Jaguar X Type...

Rover City Rover...

Saab 9-3...

Look how they all turned out. Are there really 2000 Aston buyers a year stupid enough to buy a spruced-up IQ? I hope not as I really think this is the worst kind of badge-engineering and Aston Martin deserves better.

16 December 2009

The idea of offering a smaller more suitable means of transport in the city for the Aston owner is a clever one and should be applauded. No one else has thought of that so credit to AM for doing so. There are few cars suited better to the city than an iQ so this seems like a neat solutiion for those with the money to afford it, and I guess that most AM owners would not think the price excessive to be seen to be greener. Congrats to AM for having the idea and to Toyota for going along with it.


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