According to a report in Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, the Aston Martin Cygnet has gone out of production. Although its name means "little swan," it never really got away from being the ugly-yet-seemingly-necessary duckling in the English automaker's lineup. Not for lack of trying, though, with Aston Martin dressing up the Toyota (or Scion) iQ in the finest duds it had at its Gaydon factory in order to disguise the very-un-Aston-like 1.3-liter, 97-horsepower engine and baby-boot styling.

Its two-year run did have some unexpected high points, with demand reportedly outstripping supply for one shining moment and racing royalty Sir Stirling Moss purchasing one for his wife for her birthday. We will also hope the Cygnet successfully served its purpose of raising the brand's average fuel economy so that it can die having at least achieved the beauty of purpose. If any of you regret not having spent about $50,000 on the most confused city car there ever was, we're told a few examples can still be found at dealers.


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      robert fahey
      • 1 Year Ago
      Bond: "What wheels you have for me this time, Q?" Q: "This little bugger." Bond: "What the ...?" Q: "Remember, there's a chase scene in Italy. You'll be able to dart down pedestrian alleys, make U-turns in public restrooms, and still have a hand free to diddle the girl in the passenger seat." Bond: "Sold."
      Mr.Roadrage
      • 1 Year Ago
      "...its name means "swan" in French" It also means a baby swan in English.
        Letstakeawalk
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mr.Roadrage
        Being that Aston is a British company, I'd imagine they were utilizing the English usage of the word.
        Mr.Roadrage
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mr.Roadrage
        I suppose that makes it an ugly duckling.
      Marcopolo
      • 1 Year Ago
      I suppose the idea behind this car is a little difficult for US car enthusiasts to understand. There is a long tradition in the UK of producing coach-built, luxury versions of basic economy cars. Aston Martin, is a small independent auto-manufacturer, with a single product range famous for luxury, large engined, Grand Touring cars. ( in fact, Aston Martin is the only significant luxury car manufacturer not owned by an OEM) The EU and US fleet fuel regulations have all but driven these smaller manufacturers out of existence. No provision was made to exempt these low volume specialist manufacturers, despite the insignificant contribution these vehicles produce to either the consumption of gasoline, or pollution. These poorly thought out moralistic regulations are mostly motivated by ideologically, and achieve very little actual benefit at cost of a great deal of harm. Manufacturers like Morgan, Aston Martin, etc lack the capital resources to develop expensive hybrid or EV technology (which none of their customers would buy). Aston Martin hoped that by adding a small, fun, humorous, luxury version mini car, based on the reliable Toyota iQ, to it's existing range, not only would Aston met it's mandated fleet requirements, but create employment for those expensive craftspeople during downtime. Building the Cygnet (baby swan in English usage) would also provide Aston Martin valuable experience in small car production, and engineering, without all the R&D and capital cost. Those who criticize Aston Martin ignore the fact that to develop and sell a small EV at sufficient profit to even service the capital cost, has so far eluded the world largest automakers. Aston Martin employs 1300 people, yet still sources power-trains from Ford, (or probably, Daimler after 2014). Total revenues barely exceed $800 million, and with less than a net revenue of $10 million, Aston Martin's new shareholder, Italian private equity fund Investindustrial ( BI-Invest Holdings S.A) , will be anxious to increase profits and reduce costs. Aston Martin cannot remain independent for much longer. The capital cost of developing new models will prove to be too unprofitable for the four equity banks that own Aston Martin. Investindustrial will be trying to repeat it's successful and highly profitable sale of Duccati to Audi. Potential buyer for Aston Martin could be Daimler-Benz, however defeated previous suitors, Mahindra & Mahindra and/or Geely are still reportedly interested.
      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well at least you can have this serviced at any Toyota dealer or independent shop, I think.
      willied
      • 1 Year Ago
      "We will also hope the Cygnet successfully served its purpose of lowering the brand's average fuel economy so that it can die having at least achieved the beauty of purpose." I'm pretty sure the purpose was to raise the brand's average fuel economy, not lower it. :P
      superchan7
      • 1 Year Ago
      If Aston needed this to boost fleet fuel economy, how are they going to comply now?
        • 1 Year Ago
        @superchan7
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      Seal Rchin
      • 1 Year Ago
      Latest casualty of the small car fad from few years ago. Manufacturers should just build cars that people WANT and spend money on improving engine and making it more efficient, as well as developing EVs. Keep the size, improve the engine.
        Actionable Mango
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Seal Rchin
        They were forced to make this car due to regulation. It has nothing to do with fad; it is a compliance car.
      Narom
      • 1 Year Ago
      ""...its name means "swan" in French"" No it doesn't, thats cygne.
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      This will be a collector's item in the future.
      Love Great Danes
      • 1 Year Ago
      can\'t wait for the next James Bond movie with him driving this turd
      LLL
      • 1 Year Ago
      what no interior shots? that's the only thing worth a damn in the otherwise EPA/marketing exercise..
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