The Aston Martin Cygnet wasn't exactly a hot seller during its two-year production run, which ended as of late last month. But despite British racing icon Sir Stirling Moss gifting one to his wife for her birthday, it seems that Britons didn't really care for it either: only 150 Cygnets were sold in Britain, Aston Martin's home country, Reuters reports.

Aston Martin hoped to sell 4,000 Cygnets per year, and things looked promising when demand was higher than supply – that is, until we realized the luxury automaker was taking too long to convert the Toyota iQ (Scion iQ in the US) donor cars on which Cygnets are based into luxurious city cars.

Here's to hoping Aston Martin finds another way to raise the average fuel economy of its vehicle lineup.


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      over9000
      • 1 Year Ago
      Due to its rare existence I think this car would be destined to be a collective classic.
        methos1999
        • 1 Year Ago
        @over9000
        I hope you're being sarcastic, because rare existence alone does not warrant being collective classic - plenty of cars are rare because they simply sucked.
          over9000
          • 1 Year Ago
          @methos1999
          yea but this is a frickin Aston Martin...
          methos1999
          • 1 Year Ago
          @methos1999
          It's a re-badged Toyota iQ. And for the people who downvoted me, the Pontiac Aztek is rare - does that make it a collective classic?
          karlInSanDiego
          • 1 Year Ago
          @methos1999
          Methos, Aztek had 108,449 cars, making a Cygnet 700 times more rare than an Aztek. Were Cygnet's not totally retrimmed in Aston Martin fashion? Yes they were. Did they have a pricepoint that would make owners inclined to keep them in good working order? Yes they did. Aztek comparison is weaksauce. I too believe they will be collectable, but not particularly valuable. There is a difference.
      mitytitywhitey
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think Aston should have sold some cheaper 2.0T models of their coupes and sedan. I don't see how diluting those models a tiny bit with a non- V8-12 engine would have been worse than diluting the brand a whole lot with this trash.
        Charles Houghton
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mitytitywhitey
        Or maybe a few cloth seated, stripped out mustang v6 or Ecoboost v6 powered vantages. that would give a nice 50-100 hp gap between a v6 vantage and the current base v8.
      Narom
      • 1 Year Ago
      It was never meant to sell, it was there to get round the EU emissions rules.
        Rotation
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Narom
        The emissions rules are based around sales. If a car doesn't sell, it doesn't get around anything.
      Rotation
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hey Marcopolo, the space below is for you to tell me how below 150 cars is respectable numbers. Remember me saying this: 'If it's supposed to be a cheap way to help with profits or emissions averages, it has one fatal flaw which is if the vehicle doesn't sell it doesn't accomplish anything but costing money.' Remember how you said I was wrong it sold in respectable numbers? Here's Aston explaining it wasn't a compliance car and they already had 500 orders at launch, that it would sell about 500-1000 cars per year. http://astonmartin.lms.coloni.net/LMS/Courses/1577/201112020837/en-downloads/FAQs.pdf It takes about 150 man hours per car they say, so that means in total this production run led to 3,000 man-days of additional work for Aston-Workers. That is 1.5 worker-year over two years, it means this entire project provided an aggregate one production job over it's lifetime. The car was a huge mistake. Even by your measure that it is important to keep Aston-Martin craftsmen working, it didn't even do that. Here is your the space for you to own up to your mistake.
      marv.shocker
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm devastated.
      hn376rar
      • 1 Year Ago
      It is a WAY over priced Scion IQ! I do however hope Scion pays attention and offers a 6 speed in the IQ like AM did!
        Jo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @hn376rar
        agreed. I think the iQ needs three new features (I hope you have your ears open scion). 1. 6 speed manual option, 2. a tiny turbo charger (90 hp is not enough even on this small car... 120 would be good though), 3. a center arm rest!!!
      originalgiz
      • 1 Year Ago
      I much money does it take to create one bad idea?
      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      Waiting for this car to depreciate in a few years will make a obscure used car people talk about around the watercooler and mechanicals of a Toyota so parts will be around for a while. You won't have to modify the car because why would you? It has the Aston treatment but you know people will. Hopefully they stick around and in good shape I would buy a used one for the crazy novelty of it.
      johnb
      • 1 Year Ago
      150 people actually bought it. wow.
      throwback
      • 1 Year Ago
      I shocked they sold that many. How long before they show up on the local used car lot?
        Superstevie
        • 1 Year Ago
        @throwback
        Go on to autotrader, theyre are quite a few of them for around £12k less than the initial price.
      Jason
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Here's to hoping Aston Martin finds another way to raise the average fuel economy of its vehicle lineup." False. Until AM figures out how to have a 500+ hp v12 make 40+ MPG... I'll deal with the cygnet.
      methos1999
      • 1 Year Ago
      I never fully understood the need for this thing - I mean I know there are the fleet mileage standards, but aren't the penalty for not meeting those standards just fines? And if the penalty are just fines, why doesn't AM just tack that onto the already exorbitant price of their cars? Personally I think if they should license pack & drivetrain technology from Tesla. It may not have the audible theater of their regular cars, but at least an E-Aston Martin would still look good and go like stink.
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