Cynical or sensible?

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When you hear the name Aston Martin what comes instantly to mind? Sports cars, James Bond, Racing heritage? Certainly not small city cars!

Aston Martin have this week finally released full details and photos of their collaboration with Toyota on a city car – the Cygnet.

An Aston?

Now, car manufacturers share parts a lot – the Astons owe a lot to Ford who were their recent owners, small switches can be spotted from the lesser brand in Astons. That fair enough, but this is slightly more blatant!

The Cygnet is a remodelled and rebadged Toyota IQ!

Aston Martin have redesigned the front to make it look like an Aston and changed the rear lights. Internals are leather and ‘bespoke’ – the price? £40,000! – that’s almost £30,000 more than the car it’s based on! You do get a five piece bespoke luggage set with it, but that’s not worth the extra!

The Cygnet is mechanically identical to the 1.33 litre IQ. The 97  bhp is matched to six-speed manual gearbox or continuously variable automatic transmission. Both can reach up to 106 mph, but the automatic is 0.2 sec faster than the manual from 0-60 mph with a time of 11.6 sec.

The manual, however, is slightly more economical returning 56.5 mpg compared to the auto’s 54.3 mpg. Emissions range from 116 g/km for the manual to 120 g/km for the automatic.

In reality it is this last figure that perhaps explains the reason behind this car – low emissions. If Aston have a car that is even slightly eco-friendly it helps them achieve the overall figures they are needed to meet by EU legislation.

It will be interesting to see what sort of person drives one of these – footballers wives nannies?


4 thoughts on “Cynical or sensible?

    Richard Baker said:
    January 21, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Are we going to see this in the next Bond movie?

      Simon Dare responded:
      January 21, 2011 at 10:35 am

      Might well do with their budget worries!

    Richard Baker said:
    January 21, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Since the Cygnet looks like the result of an unfortunate tryst between a pedigree and a mongrel, I wonder what other automotive shotgun weddings might look like? Porsche and a Polo or a Lambo and a Lada anyone? The Cygnet gives a bad name to nosejobs if you ask me.

      Simon Dare responded:
      January 21, 2011 at 3:58 pm

      What a horrible thought!

      Sadly they will probably sell some of these – what will be interesting is what the residual values look like in 3 years time!

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