Aston Martin has today released the first official photos of the Cygnet, its new luxury commuter car concept based on the Toyota iQ.
A most unlikely collaboration, the Cygnet concept promises to deliver the prestige of Aston Martin’s luxury brand ownership in a small, highly fuel efficient package.
The Cygnet first appeared in June as a full-size clay model and sparked mass controversy over the logic behind the decision to adapt the city vehicle to fit under the Aston Martin umbrella of performance cars.
Aston Martin Chief Executive, Dr Ulrich Bez, likens the Cygnet to an exclusive tender for a luxury yacht – a valid comparison considering most Aston Martin’s are usually tucked away in a garage.
The concept adopts many Aston Martin trademark design features both inside and out, including the signature grille and tail lamps, flush door handles, bonnet and side vents and instrument cluster.
Aston Martin plans to turn the Cygnet Concept into a production vehicle for customers in the UK and Europe from 2010.