Aston Martin has confirmed that its sub-compact Toyota iQ-based Cygnet luxury city car is to go into production with sales to start in 2011.
Originally shown as a pre-production concept car at this year’s Geneva Salon in March, the Cygnet is an Aston Martin-flavored version of the Toyota iQ city car with unique styling cues such as the front grille, bumper designs, exterior trim and alloy wheels, plus a high-luxury interior with details inspired by the automaker’s supercar range.
The mini Aston Martin will be built at Gaydon headquarters in Warwickshire, with the base Toyota iQs being imported to the UK from Japan. It is expected that the three-meter long (117.5-in.) Cygnet will keep the iQs 1.33-liter four-cylinder petrol engine with 98-horsepower, hooked up to a 6-speed manual or an optional CVT auto gearbox.
The British luxury automaker said details on pricing and specification will be announced by the end of this year.
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