Here's a bit of news that's sure to acquaint faces with their respective palms all across the motoring world: word on the web is that Aston Martin is planning to produce an all-electric version of the company's new compact, the Cygnet. This, friends, is why people drink in the morning. The vehicle is all but guaranteed to be a reworked version of the Toyota iQ EV, as you probably figured out all on your own.

Why would Aston Martin, a company that's built its legacy on the aching chords sung by mighty V8 and V12 engines possibly forsake the altar of internal combustion for a battery pack? The same reason every other manufacturer on the planet is dabbling in electrons – to reduce its corporate average fuel economy and slim down emissions at the same time. Does this mean we can expect some other electrified coupes from Aston Martin wearing more appropriately British bodywork? Don't hold your breath.

We can't wait to see what Clarkson has to say about this one.


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      Scott
      • 3 Years Ago
      Clarkson has already commented on this last year. He understands why they are having to try thisand thinks its stupid but said Aston Marton should just Lie like the Italians.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Synthono
        • 3 Years Ago
        That would take resources away from designing performance cars, which is really all Aston cares about. This exists solely to get good average carbon scores and allow their main line to exist.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Synthono
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          Synthono
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Synthono
          One, while they charge a large amount of money for their cars, they also don't sell that many. While I believe they are currently profitable, Aston has flirted with bankruptcy for most of its existence. They also are a fairly small company have a finite amount of engineers and the priority of their engineering department is their sports cars. Unlike a full-line manufacturer, they cannot devote a large number of resources to developing a small car - especially since would require a wholly unique platform that could not be shared with any other part of their current product portfolio. They are forced by regulation to make a small car, not because they want to - the Cygnet being a quickie rebadge is evidence enough that they do not want to be in this market - but instead are forced to be due to average carbon emission regulations. The Toyota iQ was chosen specifically because it gets extremely good mileage and there's an EV coming - two factors which make it an appealing choice if you just want to get your average fuel economy down to a level that allows your primary product line to exist. Until you understand why this car exists, why they took the approach that they did, or the often volatile world of being a boutique car manufacturer, please STFU.
      Synthono
      • 3 Years Ago
      You know what? This is great. Seriously, Aston is only making the iQ to get out of some asinine corporate emissions standards, and an iQ EV is a better way to get that number out of the danger zone. If this is what needs to happen to get fire breathing V12 Vantages out there, more power to them.
      lorenzo
      • 3 Years Ago
      this actually makes more sense than having a petrol engine in it. because now it is an honest product, not pretending to be a high performance vehicle. how many super high lux all electric cars are there out there? maybe the Fisker is on the horizon + the BMW but that is about it.
        Tuga
        • 3 Years Ago
        @lorenzo
        Absolutely. Considering the type of client they are aiming for, the petrol version will be somewhat redundant when the EV comes around.
      artandcolour2010
      • 3 Years Ago
      This makes perfect sense for the Cygnet's role in life: Tender for the big boats. Good for Aston Martin for seizing this opportunity to offset their main bread-and-butter: Performance cars.
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      So they're actually serious about this. It gets even more bizarre doesn't it.
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      artandcolour2010
      • 3 Years Ago
      can't wait for one of James Bond's girls to be driving a Cygnet in the next flick.
      Easy_Eight
      • 3 Years Ago
      Aston should sell cars without engines 0 g/km
      Dan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wonderful, another vehicle for the core Martinistas to ignore.
      Ducman69
      • 3 Years Ago
      Him: *raises eyebrow* Hey baby, wanna take a ride in my Aston Martin?" *jingles the keys* -_o Her: "PPFFFFFFFFFFFT!!!!" xD
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