• Sep 1, 2010
Aston Martin Cygnet – Click above for high-res image gallery

We aren't quite sure why the Aston Martin Cygnet exists. What was once an economical Toyota iQ is now a fuel-sipping Aston Martin (weird) with a lavish interior and a price tag that will make your heart skip a beat. We understand that vehicles like this work well in the congested, small-car-friendly cities of Europe, but it remains to be seen if microcars have a place here in the United States. The Smart ForTwo has proved to be a flop in the States, though we'll chalk most of that up to its unimpressive fuel economy and downright awful driving dynamics.

The U.S. is set to get a Scion-badged version of the Toyota iQ in early 2011, but a report from Automotive News states that Aston Martin could import its angry-looking Cygnet counterpart to our shores as early as 2012. It would share the same 1.3-liter gasoline powerplant as the Scion, though an electric-only version with a 60-mile range could arrive in 2013.

We'll wait until Aston Martin gives us the official word before we start jumping to any conclusions, but consider our outlook on a U.S.-spec Cygnet similar to that of a half-empty glass.



[Source: Automotive News – sub. req.]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Brand equity FAIL!
      • 4 Years Ago
      This will honestly be the biggest failure AM has ever seen, I promise that.
      Seriously, who the heck green-lighted this? Whomever it is will be out of a job shortly after launch.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Then evidently you're unaware as to the kind of eccentrics in the British aristocracy who would in fact buy this car. Remember the Tickford/Frazer Metro? Tickford, which at the time was an engineering subsidiary of Aston, built a luxurious version of the ubiquitous Austin Metro. Then there's various guises of luxury coachbuilder Wood & Pickett's versions of the Austin-Rover Mini over the years.

        The AM Cygnet falls int the very same genre. It's highly unusual, but interesting. These types of product make being an automotive enthusiast fascinating.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It is the most reliable and technologically advanced Aston Martin ever.

      Kudos to Toyota for landing the deal, but what a pathetic attempt from Aston....
        • 4 Years Ago
        Funny thing how brand name and a movie induced notion of a lagend takes over sensibility and reason...

        I challenge the forum to name ONE thing Aston Martin introduced to the motor world, one reliability survey it topped, one car that bested them all (James Bond memorabilia doesn't count).
        • 4 Years Ago
        They created beauty.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I still sometimes believe (in the heart of my heart) that this is just a giant joke.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This things got a face only a mother could love.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Aston Martin: 'Cause we're answering the question you haven't even asked yet. Or ever will!'
      • 4 Years Ago
      This will do for Aston Martin what the Junior Series cars did for Packard.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Huh, guess the wealthy must be requesting it? I know enthusiasts certainly aren't.
        • 4 Years Ago
        not the wealthy...CAFE
      • 4 Years Ago
      wow. when all else fails, dillute the brand and contradict your core message... what an awful little thing this is. I'll have the IQ please...
        • 4 Years Ago
        I fail to see how this dilutes the brand, it's not like anyone can go to Aston and buy one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is probably the only Aston Martin I could ever afford.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The only way this car makes sense is if you think of it as the automotive equivalent of a set of fitted luggage pieces for your Aston: It's one more display of indulgence. Why take a taxi into the town center for your fancy dinner when you can display your delightful eccentricity by pulling right up to the door in your whimsical little Cygnet?

      In the U.S., this odd duck would be even more of a personal oddity. Without the fuel economy and parking limitations that affect European drivers, the only reason to drive the Cygnet would be to prove that you are an Aston-owning kook who can afford to throw away $35K (rumored) for what is essentially a moderately funny joke.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Someone remind me again why this vehicle even exists?

      If the SmartTwo can't make it stateside, how does anyone, Aston Martin particularly, expect the Cygnet to do well here?
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