• Mar 17, 2010
Aston Martin Cygnet in Gulf Livery – Click above to enlarge

Aston Martin is an automaker with a history that's indelibly linked with racing... not to mention beautiful styling, attractive colors and, um, James Bond. But the British automaker has more recently signaled its intent to be known for offering a lavishly equipped fuel efficient city car that focus solely on transportation duties and not 0 to 60 times or top speeds.

Mostly. A quick run through the automaker's website shows that its not willing to let the Cygnet degrade its performance and racing image entirely. To wit, the little urban commuter is pictured in a number of scenarios that don't exactly scream "efficient transportation." For instance, there's an orange-helmeted Stig lookalike posing with the Aston in one scene.

Note too that the Cygnet can be customized with three different racing-derived paint schemes, two of which focus on the classic British Racing Green of Aston Martin's current racers and a third that shows the Cygnet painted up in iconic Gulf livery. Feel free to check it out for yourself at AstonMartin.com.

[Source: Aston Martin]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd wear a helmet too around that abomination. Would not want anyone to see me.
        • 4 Years Ago
        thats actually the Cyg..the Stigs brother.,...(terrible i know)
      • 4 Years Ago
      None of the paint jobs actually reduces the shame significantly.
      • 4 Years Ago
      why not ?
      All Astons are slow. I think Cy is the fastest model in lineup.
      • 4 Years Ago
      btw, I like how despite the small size of the car, they managed to still block about half of it with the Stig-wannabe. What was the photographer thinking?
      • 4 Years Ago
      AM should not produce such cars. No matter how you paint them.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The car already made me sick. The car in racing livery makes me wish death upon myself.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So much for the show. But can it really go?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Racing paint does not turn a Toyota into a race car. FAIL!
        • 4 Years Ago
        "You are exactly the kind of fool who would purchase this car. What a sucker!"

        What you lack in automotive knowledge you clearly make up for - somewhat - in the ability to hurl obscenities.

        And since the vehicle isn't even going to be offered to Americans, it's difficult to see why the Stateside kiddies who subscribe to these boards get in such a lather about it ... oh wait, it's Toyota-based. And we all know how they blindly hate all things Toyota for reasons which they themselves are clueless about.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Bloke, the limey from MT, still being stupid...
        • 4 Years Ago
        You are exactly the kind of fool who would purchase this car. What a sucker!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I know why I hate Toyota. Toyota makes crap automobiles and lies to their customers. Why do you love Toyota?
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Bloke, the limey from MT, still being stupid..."

        Coming from an American, that's almost poetic.

        • 4 Years Ago
        "I know why I hate Toyota. Toyota makes crap automobiles and lies to their customers. Why do you love Toyota?"


        You can't be any older than 18 years of age ... and if you are, you should be ashamed of yourself.

        I've never owned a Toyota, but have no complaints of the ones I've driven. And given that - like almost everyone who isn't an official of the company - I don't have firm knowledge of their internal procedures or controls, I have no reason to "hate" the company. Furthermore, it's a seriously disturbing issue with someone's psyche for them to admit they "hate" a company ... because God only knows how irrationally they would act towards a person.

        • 4 Years Ago
        You're not called wally for nothing, are you?
      • 4 Years Ago
      You know how sometimes Autoblog posts advertising photos from 20-30 years ago, and we all laugh at how ridiculous and cheesy they look?

      20 years from now, this will be one of those photos.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Despite what everyone else has been saying, I think this Cygnet is a great idea. Sure it's weird seeing an Aston in such a package but... in a big city, with lots of traffic and stupid drivers, it sure as hell makes more sense to drive a smaller, cheaper (relatively speaking) car than a full sized, full blown expensive Aston. This does nothing to dilute the image of Aston Martin because for every one of these that is made, the owner has a "real" Aston Martin at home in their garage.

      It also allows those Aston owners an option to save their cars (should they care about mileage, maintenance) and use less fuel (wooo green) without having to drive a Prius (nothing screams wealth like a Prius)
      • 4 Years Ago
      They should have used a MINI, at least it's British....sorta :P
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've said it before and I'll say it again ... the Cygnet follows firmly in the footsteps of other coachbuilt luxurious small cars such as AM's own Tickford-Frazer Metro (based on the MG Metro) and the numerous incarnations of the Mini by Wood & Pickett. While there are other political factors why AM claims in needs the Cygnet, they also know that the buyers who have long been lured towards the eccentricities of the British motor industry will be interested in their product. Americans in particular are likely to be dumbfounded and just won't understand.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Yup. They will. Because the mini is fun. The wood and Pickett wok was based on an inherently fun car, thus massaging I mini zagato style made it all the better. Had am gone with the mini this would have done well. Choosing the iq instead, it's beyond pointless and uk, German, American petrol heads are all as dumbfounded by the lunacy of it all. Am really kudos their suv bs concept with this."

        Are we talking about the same Mini? The original Mini was fun, but it drove like a go-kart, not a car. Its bus-like driving position, lack of ability to have a five-speed box, ancient engineering and suspect build quality were all negative factors even back in the late 70's and 80's when many of the W&P Minis were built. Yet the luxury coachbuilt variants were produced for certain discerning buyers. The iQ is an excellent choice: it's solidly built, handles well and very nippy in urban environments, and its packaging is extremely clever for such a small car. Whatsmore, the iQ was designed at Toyota's European Design and Develiopment Centre as it was intended primarily for the European market. So, the car was intelligent choice, and those who know the eccentricities of the British motor industry will also understand the concept behind producing the Cygnet. But Americans, some continental Europeans, and those under the age of 25 probably won't have much of a clue.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Yup. They will. Because the mini is fun. The wood and Pickett wok was based on an inherently fun car, thus massaging I mini zagato style made it all the better. Had am gone with the mini this would have done well. Choosing the iq instead, it's beyond pointless and uk, German, American petrol heads are all as dumbfounded by the lunacy of it all. Am really kudos their suv bs concept with this.
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