New models to be launched include the Cygnet and Lagonda, plus replacements for the DB9 and Vantage

Aston Martin will launch six new models over the next six years, including replacements to the DB9, Vantage and Rapide, as well as new models including the Lagonda and Cygnet.

Below, we reveal these models and their likely launch dates.

Cygnet - 2011

Aston’s retrim of the Toyota iQ city car is set to take up to half the firm’s sales in Europe from next year.

The Cygnet might be questionable to purists, but it’s going to be pretty visible in Europe’s cities; dealers have been collecting letters of intent from buyers, even though a final price for the car has yet to be announced.

With tailpipe CO2 emissions of around 115g/km, the Cygnet will have a vital role in helping Aston to cut its fleet average CO2 by the near-20 per cent demanded by the EU by 2015.

DB9/DBS - 2013/2015

Thorough re-engineering of today’s DB9 will include a reskin, fresh interior and revised V12 engine. Aston is pouring much of the budget into revisions to the VH bonded alloy underpinnings to cut weight and improve structural stiffness.

Cleaning up the tailpipe emissions of the Cosworth-engineered engine is a key target for project VH500.

The DBS is a hit; it has exceeded predicted volumes of 350 units per year by 150 cars. The next-gen model will offer more power and a sportier chassis, matched to a revised interior and beefed-up exterior styling

Vantage - 2014

Being engineered alongside the DB9 as project VH500, the next-gen Vantage, due in 2014, will benefit from many of the structural tweaks being developed for the larger DB9.

Shedding weight from the alloy-bodied Vantage, which tips the scales around 150kg heavier than a steel-bodied 911, is a major project target.

Sales of the Vantage have suffered more than those of high-end Astons during the recession. But if and when they pick up, the car will need to be cleaner if it’s to avoid making life difficult for Aston on fleet CO2 averages.

Lagonda - 2014

Aston is pushing ahead with its project to relaunch Lagonda as a more luxurious, less sporting brand to complement Aston.

An SUV aimed at the emerging BRIC markets — where Aston’s low-slung sports cars struggle to cope with poor road conditions — is still the launch model.

And Mercedes is potentially still a partner for the project, donating the GL underpinnings for the Lagonda luxury utility vehicle.

However, the challenging styling of the 2009 Geneva motor show car is thankfully tipped to evolve in a more elegant direction.

Rapide - 2016

The Rapide has moved Aston into new territory and could contribute up to half of this year’s global sales. Production is currently at Magna in Austria; Aston has made a commitment to that for up to six years.

However, depending on how the world’s car markets recover, Aston could bring assembly back to its Gaydon HQ in the UK for the second generation of the Rapide.

Because the Rapide is based on the low-slung DB9 chassis, Aston is ruling out a Lagonda version.

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11 June 2010

With the Cygnet taking up to half the orders, and Rapide you say tipped to do likewise, that leaves precious little space for the traditional fastback Aston.

11 June 2010

six new Astons, on the way:

Aston Aygo,

Aston Yaris,

Aston Auris,

Aston Verso,

Aston Land Cruiser and... Aston Hi-lux.

mind you - all fitted with bespoke floormats.

11 June 2010

I want my Aston Prius

11 June 2010

[quote coolboy]mind you - all fitted with bespoke floormats.[/quote] Presumably with suitable applied ties to prevent slippage during hard driving!

11 June 2010

Is the Cygnet still due to only be available to owners of other Aston models? They must really be confident of a huge percentage of buyers taking a Cygnet then in addition to their other model if it's to be 50% of sales.

Unlike other efforts by manufacturers to downsize for CO2 targets this really is just exploiting a loop-hole - rather than buying a greener or smaller models, and instead of just buying 1 Aston at 300+g/km, they now buy that same car with the addition of a 115g/km Toyota - all the pollution in building it, shipping it, driving it and making those bespoke floormats actually allows them to reach lower targets - really is more of a joke than the car itself.

11 June 2010

No, no, no. Nothing is more of a joke than the Cygnet. The Cygnet is it. As bad as it gets. At least I hope the Cygnet is as bad as it gets, because it's certainly way badder - and by that I don't mean a good, hotroddy sort of bad but a bad bad - than anything done to or by or with Aston since the gastly post-war Atom. With the possible exception of the Bulldog which, let's not forget, they didn't actually attempt to sell.....

12 June 2010

Aston's Cygnet is now the car Toyota ought to have built yet actually produced as a concept. All it needs now is a top-of-the-line 1.6 engine and plastic outer panels to lighten weight and add durability and zest. Then will I overlook its dumpy shape, fatter all round than a Smart Car though not taller for good vision, and not half as shockingly clever as Murray T25.

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