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Plenty has been written about the Aston Martin Cygnet, and much of it has been less than enthusiastic. After all, how does one connect the dots between a tiny, efficient, low-performance city car and the British sporting brand's super high-performance models? Apparently, that would be with Aston's signature front fascia along with an interior swathed in the requisite leather and unobtanium surfaces. Oh, and a suitably high price tag, no doubt.
Whether or not the Cygnet is a good idea, it certainly seems as if Aston Martin is pushing forward with the launch of the 3+1, which is based on the diminutive Toyota iQ. Proof of such can be seen in this series of spy photos, which show the Cygnet out and about in London's fashion-forward Soho district. The mini-mobile will be offered first to current Aston Martin owners, then it may see a limited release in select European dealerships later this year, assuming sufficient demand is found. Thanks for the tip, Victor!

[Source: Secret New Cars]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      An expensive Toyota any way you slice it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      At first I thought it was ridiculous, but come to think about it, it does make perfect sense. Well, the faux hood vents are too much, really, but it is preposterous to drive a DB9 on central London these days.

      Although I know I wouldn't buy one. I'd feel too much like the kind of guy that drives a Camry but wears Ferrari branded clothes. Yeah, I know.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Kill it with fire and get rid of the executive at Aston that decided to get in bed with the poster child for failure: Toyota.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hi Wally,
      This model is driven solely by CAFE minimums, even "weaker standards" that you cite for lower volume manufacturers are well over anything that Aston could reach with its current range of cars. This has been widely reported, but I'm surprised that it's not always mentioned in articles about the Cygnet. Read for yourself, below. Think of it this way, if Aston can make a car as gorgeous as the new Rapide, they also know that the Cygnet is awful looking. They just didn't have any choice in the matter.

      "Why the Cygnet?
      Unlike supercar makers such as Ferrari and Lamborghini, Aston Martin doesn’t have a parent company to leverage fuel economy averages. As such, Aston needs a car like the Toyota-sourced iQ to bring its emission average in line with new standards slated to take effect in 2012"

      "welcome to the world of corporate average fuel economy (CAFE), a U.S. regulation that now says cars and trucks must meet a combined average of 35.5mpg by 2016. Given that the most fuel efficient model in Aston's lineup doesn't even get 20mpg on the highway, the company is clearly going to need some help to prop up its average. "

      "unlike Bentley and Rolls-Royce, Aston has no corporate parent selling more efficient vehicles that could offset Aston's understandably elevated emissions and fuel consumption figures: the Cygnet gets 48.9 miles to the gallon and emits 120 g/km of CO2. The most frugal Aston gets about 16 mpg and emits 318 g/km of CO2. Those kinds of numbers can make a huge difference in a lineup with just four cars."
      • 5 Years Ago
      Even if it unintentionally accelerated, it'd still be the most reliable british-badged car since Rover licensed Hondas
        • 5 Years Ago
        When Rover licensed Hondas they managed to screw up the reliability completely! I don't know how but they were just as bad as anything else British from the era.

        Strangely though British built Hondas and Nissans are just as good as their Japanese siblings. And thanks to Ford's quality efforts (!!!) Jaguars have been some of the most reliable cars in the world through out the Noughties - how the world changes...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm Gay and I think it's way too Gay.

      Who is going to drive this other than Rachel Zoe's assistant?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Aston had to make this Cygnet car in order to have a high MPG model with would bring up their overall fleet MPG average to allow them to meet the government(s) mandated overall minium average MPG (CAFE). Companies like Porsche and Ferrari, which are part of larger entities VW and Fiat, are able to avoid this issue because of their ties to higher MPG models that are produced by other subsidiaries of their parents. Aston, which is not part of a larger parent car manufacturer, didn't have any choice but to go this route. So don't blame Aston for some stupid idea; blame your government for not exempting such a small manufacturer from these CAFE standards. Aston had no choice and this was the smartest way for them to go. That they are only selling these to existing Aston owners is a nice effort on their part not to dilute their brand. Aston doesn't care if every Cygnet buyer drives it straight to the scrap yard; this is solely to allow them to meet CAFE standards.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't think you understand CAFE. "Automakers selling fewer than 400,000 vehicles in the United States—including Mercedes, BMW, Subaru and Volkswagen—would be allowed to meet a weaker standard." Aston Martin certainly sells nowhere near 400,000 cars a year in the U.S. Aston Martin and Toyota should not even be in the same sentence.
      • 5 Years Ago
      See those tuners kids that everyone made fun off for turning their Civics into Benz and Rolls were onto something lol even Aston Martin is doing it lol....