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.