• Sep 7th 2010 at 9:58AM
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According to Automotive News, the smallest Aston Martin ever made will be coming to the U.S. market in 2012. Initially, Aston Martin had only planned to offer the Toyota iQ-based Cygnet in Europe as an option for customers that need to drive into city centers with congestion charges. Since Toyota will begin selling the iQ in North America in 2011 (badged as a Scion), it should now be straightforward for Aston Martin to certify the Cygnet as well.

Having the Cygnet in its lineup will also help Aston Martin balance its corporate average fuel economy numbers although, as a low volume manufacturer, it is exempt from meeting the new CO2 limits until 2016. A year after the Cygnet debuts with a 1.3-liter inline-four, a zero-emission, battery-electric version is also expected to arrive. The battery-powered Cygnet should provide Aston with enough ZEV credits to offset a chunk of the emissions from its luxury sports cars and sedans.

[Source: Automotive News – sub. req'd]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Twisted, but not shaken or stirred.
      The instigators deserve big and little Casino.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I guess the idea is quite okay. But others thinks otherwise. But it is quite an effort. You can also find interesting information by visiting my site at http://labimmerinsider.com
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is a joke! lol
      • 5 Years Ago
      Worst Bond car ever!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder if that is an indication that toyota will have an electric iQ launched - including stateside.
      It seems pretty sure to me that they (toyota) would be behind the electrification as I don't see Aston Martin shelling out for that.
      However, since emissions testing isn't as big of a deal for EVs - I suppose it is possible that toyota will have an EV version but not offer it in the states even though Aston will.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If Lexus rebadged a Toyota iQ, what would readers here say?
        • 5 Years Ago
        "what would readers here say?"

        Is that a trick question? I don't know. What would you say?
        • 5 Years Ago
        They would be shaken and not stirred
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bizarre choice..

      An automotive history absurdity in the making.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is it just me, or is that enormous gaping grill absolutely ludicrous looking. Especially given that the iQ has no grill opening at all and makes do just fine.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I can't wait to see the grille on the electric Cygnet.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's not you.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Stupidest idea ever, or how to dilute power of your brand with one stupid choice!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Learn your history. In the 80s there was a ton of interest in making (or "tarting up" if you prefer) luxurious performance versions of small cars. Lots of companies including Abt, b&b, and GTi Engineering did fine work, culminating in the insane Artz Porsche 928 in Golf clothing, http://www.vodcars.com/red/post/544/artz-vw-golf-bodied-porsche-928 Aston Martin got its Tickford subsidiary going towards the end of the boom, making Metro and Capri conversions. Maybe this time they're leading fashion.

        Why shouldn't the rich drive a luxurious expensive tiny car around town? Anything that gets people out of a Bigger == Better mindset is good. The issue is whether Aston Martin can do anything worthwhile to an iQ to improve it; small cars have come a long way since spartan unrefined 80s hatchbacks.
      chip caruana
      • 5 Years Ago
      Fantastic idea. It takes a great little car, wraps it in gorgeous styling and incredible leather, and gives a company like Aston a chance for survival in todays challenging environmental climate. It also gives the 99.9% of us that will never drive, let alone own, an Aston Martin a chance to be part of the dream while stuck in traffic. Aston's in Tampa don't drive any faster than I do and I'll get to sit in their waiting room while my oil is changed!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Would love to see Daniel Craig in one of those! lol
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