• Mar 3, 2010

Aston Martin Cygnet – Click above for high-res image gallery

Remember the day when Aston Martins were two-seat sportscars? Yeah, neither can we because a lot's happened since then. The Rapide four-door. The Lagonda crossover concept. And this, the Cygnet.

News first broke that Aston was working on a city car based on the Toyota iQ back in June, with initial details and photos released half a year later. Now the Cygnet has made its official auto show debut here in Geneva, modestly nestled in between the company's Vantages and DB9s.

The idea is to provide existing Aston owners with an urban tender in which to zip around congested city centers like London. Say what you will of the idea, but the fit and finish on the Cygnet look suitably Aston. Just shrunken down and chopped up. With it, Aston Martin just might end up redefining what an Aston Martin is. But a sportscar, good sir, it most certainly is not. Have a look for yourself in the gallery of live shots below, and the stock shots in the gallery below that, complete with Gulf livery and Bape-aping camouflage.




Photos by Noah Joseph / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Dude, never use the acceleration thing as a pun anymore. Bad Joke! Besides, in light of seven people experiencing problems after their cars get fixed, the argument has been tired out, or tried and true. Stop it, please!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      this thing gives me gas
      • 4 Years Ago
      A re-badged Toyota city car with an expensive leather interior does not an Aston Martin make.

      There are plenty of ways to debase a brand, but this has to be one of the most effective.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "So, Bloke, how long have you worked for Aston Martin and how much are they paying you to support this idiocy on social network sites?"

        Jared - neither. And your response is typical of a misinformed teenager. The problem stems from your lack of knowledge of niche luxury products based on ordinary cars like the Cygnet which have sold in the UK in the past, and the people likely to buy them.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "A re-badged Toyota city car with an expensive leather interior does not an Aston Martin make.
        There are plenty of ways to debase a brand, but this has to be one of the most effective."


        So you're happy with the fact that Aston Martin did the same thing (using their Tickford engineering subsidiary and partnering with Frazer coachbuilders) did the same thing with the humble Austin Metro hatchback almost 30 years ago?

        • 4 Years Ago
        "Edsels are highly collectible too."

        LS2LS7 - I'm surprised a motoring connoisseur like yourself didn't mention the AMT Metro before now. Oh wait, you weren't aware of it.

        • 4 Years Ago
        @Jared thank you. Why aston went with an option which doesn't remotely match the character of their cars is beyond me. We'll see how many buy this for the white elephant gift factor. all one of them.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Edsels are highly collectible too.
        • 4 Years Ago
        To be completely honest, I would probably buy one. Too bad I can't afford an Aston Martin to begin with!
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Bloke:
        Not only did I not know of the AMT Metro before this, but I don't care about the AMT Metro then or now.

        My point is that just because something is collectible doesn't make it a success. And if it isn't a success, repeating it (i.e. doing something similar) probably isn't a great idea."


        Given our motoring knowledge is on two different planets then you're not going to understand the point I am making. The Cygnet in concept is nothing new, but it's a concept whose eccentricity is uniquely British and the past examples I have mentioned appealed to the same kinds of buyer this would. It isn't designed to be a Wal-Martesque stack 'em high and put 'em on clearance product. Now, one could argue that the current economic climate may not be conducive to such a product, but the economic climate of the UK in the late 70's and early 80's wasn't exacly a buoyant one either.


        • 4 Years Ago
        Bloke:
        Not only did I not know of the AMT Metro before this, but I don't care about the AMT Metro then or now.

        My point is that just because something is collectible doesn't make it a success. And if it isn't a success, repeating it (i.e. doing something similar) probably isn't a great idea.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Geneva 2010: Toyota-based Aston Martin Cygnet "intentionally accelerates" onto show floor"

        This Cygnet is the "unintentional" Asto(yota)n Martin model no one asked...
        • 4 Years Ago
        add to it that this is one UGLY tiny car and it's just bad all around
        what a POS this must be (considering it'll ccast 3 times as much as the Toyota one)
        • 4 Years Ago
        "It was as wrong then as it is now."

        Yet the AMT Metro is highly collectable. You learn something new every day, don't you Jared?

        • 4 Years Ago
        "A re-badged Toyota city car with an expensive leather interior does not an Aston Martin make.
        There are plenty of ways to debase a brand, but this has to be one of the most effective."


        So you're happy with the fact that Aston Martin did the same thing (using their Tickford engineering subsidiary and partnering with Frazer coachbuilders) with the humble Austin Metro hatchback almost 30 years ago?



        • 4 Years Ago
        It was as wrong then as it is now.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I know it's dumb but I kinda love it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Could the title get any cheesier....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Lady in yellow is scary. Cygnet is silly.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A cruel joke has been played on every Aston-Martin owner.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hmmm, an Aston Martin based on a Toyota or a Ferrari based on a Fiat?

      I'll take the Ferrari, it's much truer to the roiginal intent. Besides, I don't have to shell out $200K for the real AM before I can buy the Toyota. http://www.autoblog.com/2009/09/09/officially-official-fiat-confirms-abarth-695-tributo-ferrari/

      I wonder when VW is going to offer an R8 Polo?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think alot of yacht owners will want this car. they already have helicopters and smaller boats on the big yachts. now the rich can have a car on board so when they are in port they have something stylish to be seen around town in.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yacht owners dont remove their own cars from the boat or put them on the boat. the crew does that. and if you are a yacht owner that is also a car guy you may not want to hire just anyone to drive you around in just any car. you may want a car with class and that is a conversation piece. and what if your port is not located on the most high class of towns. say you want to visit a rustic mediterranean villa and the best car there is a 1986 ford escort owned by the mayor. not a car i want to be seen in. so i just have to crew take my Aston Martin Cygnet ashore and off i go to see the country side.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Cute idea.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If they could now find a way to make it magically disappear into the boot of the Rapide That would be cool.
      idriveeuro
      • 4 Years Ago
      It still looks like an iQ...
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