Autos & Vehicles

Aston Martin confirms it will build Cygnet

Aston Martin has today confirmed that the Cygnet will go into production in 2011 at the company’s Gaydon headquarters in Warwickshire.

Initially shown as a concept earlier this year, the the Toyota iQ-based Cygnet is described by its manufacturer as an ‘Aston Martin tailor fit for the city’.

Aston Martin’s CEO Ulrich Bez said “The Cygnet is designed to support our sports cars by providing a greater degree of freedom in the urban context; it is a very special car, a premium but compact package with heart, soul and personality.”

Marek Reichman, Aston Martin’s director of design, says that each Cygnet will be personalized with various materials, colors and textures.

“Cygnet is small but luxurious, an Aston Martin tailor-fit for the city,” Reichman said. “Luxury is not constrained by scale.”

The Cygnet is also unlike any other Aston Martin. With emissions of 113g/km, it is the cleanest Aston by a vast amount, and will help to lower the brand’s average CO2 profile.

The Cygnet will ship with a 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine but by late 2013 an all-electric version with a 60 mile range is expected to arrive.

The Aston Martin Cygnet goes on sale in late spring 2011. Existing Aston customers will be offered the car first, with general sales following.

Further details on the Aston Martin Cygnet including pricing and specification will be announced later this year.

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