Report: Aston Martin Cygnet will go into production in 2011

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 11, 2010

Aston Martin announced today that the Cygned, a luxurious version of the Toyota iQ, will go into production in 2011. As you may know already, the Aston Martin Cygnet made its debut in the concept form at this year’s Geneva Motor Show and made quite a buzz among car lovers. The car is just less than 10 feet long and will be produced at Aston Martin's Gaydon headquarters in Warwickshire.

This is the main reason that made Aston Martin build this car. Although prices were not released yet, several sources said that the upcoming car will be priced from $30,000.

Regarding the engine, do not expect this small city car to be powerful, because it will use a 1.3-liter engine delivering 98 hp, same used by the Toyota iQ.

According to Aston Martin, the Cygnet emits just 110 grams of CO2/km and has a fuel consumption of 58.9 mpg (4l/100km). As the concept did, the production version of the Cygnet will offer three configurations: 2+2, 2+1 and 2 seating options.

Some of the features expected to be found inside are a satellite navigation system, an iPod integration and a premium audio system.

Aston Martin chief executive Ulrich Bez remarked that the carmaker doesn't make compromises, especially when it comes to its products. He quipped that sports cars are built to be performance vehicles and there will be no compromises. This is why Aston Martin doesn’t downsize or sacrifice any aspect of its sports cars.

He added that the Cygnet is made to satisfy the demands of emissions and space but in a way that doesn’t affect performance. Bez noted that Aston Martin customers are looking for a small car for urban and city use – one that doesn't compromise intelligence, artistry and personality.

Aston Martin's answer for that clamor is the Cygnet, which is small enough to provide drivers with enough mobility, speed and freedom when plying city streets. With a length of just three meters, the Cygnet easily slips into gaps in traffic and effortlessly gets into the smallest parking spaces.

Moreover, the Cygnet boasts of outstanding fuel consumption and emission figures, sans compromising quality and comfort. Marek Reichman, Aston Martin's Director of Design, described the Cygnet as small yet luxurious, adding that it is an Aston Martin designed for the city.

He noted that each Cygnet will serve as the owner’s personalized space within the city, thanks to the availability of an almost unlimited palette of materials, colors and textures.

Press Release

ASTON MARTIN CYGNET CONFIRMED FOR PRODUCTION

Aston Martin is pleased to confirm that the Cygnet luxury city car – originally shown as a concept car in March - is to go into production in 2011 at the company’s Gaydon headquarters in Warwickshire.

The Aston Martin Cygnet is a city car that sets a new benchmark for compact luxury, building upon nearly a century of experience building high performance sports cars, luxurious long-range grand tourers, and extremely competitive racing machines.

Cygnet demonstrates Aston Martin's commitment to innovation and integrity. “It is time to think differently. Aston Martin is honest and we don’t make compromises” says Aston Martin CEO Dr Ulrich Bez.

“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.”

Cygnet expresses a simple but fundamental idea: in the modern city, scale equates to speed and freedom. At just three metres long, the Cygnet gives the driver a new dimension of freedom, able to slot into gaps in traffic, exploit the smallest parking spaces, consume the least fuel and emit the lowest emissions, all while delivering exceptional levels of quality and comfort.

“Cygnet is small but luxurious, an Aston Martin tailor fit for the city,” says Marek Reichman, Aston Martin's Director of Design. With an almost unlimited palette of materials, colours and textures, each hand-finished Cygnet will be truly unique, a personalised space within the city. “Luxury is not constrained by scale.”

Cygnet is a product of Aston Martin's unrivalled experience in craft, technology and design. The future city will present a very different luxury brand landscape, as social change and legislation increases the division between urban and anti-urban product categories. With the Cygnet, Aston Martin will be at the forefront of these changes, ensuring the company's enduring brand image will continue to prosper in new market conditions.

Dr Ulrich Bez continues: “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.”

The Cygnet, a tailor fit solution for the city, will help drive Aston Martin into the future. “This car is reality; Cygnet is the natural choice for those who want a premium, bespoke commuter car.”

Further details on the Aston Martin Cygnet including pricing and specification will be announced later this year. The Cygnet will be the eighth major production car Aston Martin has introduced at its state-of-the art factory since 2004, offering further evidence of the company’s ongoing commitment to British manufacturing, backed-up by a dedicated local workforce and supplier network.

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