To much rejoicing, Aston Martin has confirmed that the Toyota IQ-based Cygnet concept minicar will enter production. At the Geneva Motor Show where the car is displayed, Chief Executive, Dr. Ulrich Bez, had mentioned that there is a market for the vehicle.
Along with the announcement, Aston Martin also provided the car's specs. The Cygnet uses the 1.3 cylinder unit producing 98 hp, one of the three engines from the IQ range. Similar to what Toyota has done, Aston Martin mated this engine to a six-speed manual transmission. It can also be used with an optional CVT transmission.
When it comes to carbon dioxide emissions, the Cygnet emits 110 grams of CO2/km (only three less than the IQ). In addition, the Aston Martin car returns 58.9 mpg (4l/100km) as compared to Toyota's 56 mpg(4.2 l/100km). There are three configurations to the Cygnet: a 2+2 seating one, a 2+1 seating one that increase the luggage space and a 2 seating one that offers generous luggage area.
What's offered as standard on the Cygnet are the following: a satellite navigation system, an iPod integration and a premium audio system. Buyers will like the fact that the car is highly customizable.
The car's interior uses materials such as hand-stitched leather, Alcantara and aluminum. Aston Martin included this car in its personalization program, offering unlimited options for the exterior and interior trim, color and finish.
The new Aston Martin Cygnet conveys a simple but basic concept saying that scale is equal to speed and freedom in the modern city. With a length of just three meters, the new Cygnet delivers a greater degree of freedom in city as it is able to insert into gaps in traffic as well as fit into the smallest parking spaces. Furthermore, the new Cygnet consumes very little fuel and emits very low emissions. Nonetheless, the new Cygnet is able deliver superb levels of quality and comfort.
Marek Reichman, Aston Martin's Director of Design, described the new Cygnet as a small but luxurious Aston Martin that is tailored fit for the city. He remarked that each hand-crafted Cygnet is a distinct, personalized space within the city thanks to nearly infinite choices of colors, materials and textures. He noted that with the Cygnet, luxury isn’t constrained by scale.
As it is, the new Cygnet is a result of the carmaker’s unparalleled experience in craft, technology as well as design. Aston Martin sees the city of the future as presenting a different luxury brand landscape, with legislation and social changes further increasing the division between urban and anti-urban product categories. Aston Martin sees itself at the vanguard these changes with the new Cygnet, which would be key in ensuring the brand’s image stays prosperous even in new market conditions.
According to Ulrich Bez, Aston Martin designed the Cygnet to support the carmaker’s sports cars as it delivers a greater degree of freedom in the urban context. He called the Cygnet as a very special, premium car in a compact package with heart, soul and personality.
Aston Martin regards the new Cygnet as a solution tailored for the city environment that will help drive the carmaker into the future. The carmaker sees the Cygnet as the natural choice for customers seeking a premium, bespoke commuter car.