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James Bond screeches around hairpin bends in them with a beautiful woman at his side, while they are the car of choice for European royalty in which to parade themselves around the Continent’s more opulent capitals.

Now, at last, the opportunity to pop out to the supermarket behind the wheel of an Aston Martin will be opened to the more conventional motorist.

The Aston Martin Cygnet — a new “luxury commuter concept” car, according to its marketeers — is to be built on the base of Toyota’s existing iQ city car and is likely to be available for less than £20,000.

“Small is beautiful these days,” Ulrich Bez, Aston Martin’s chief executive, said yesterday. “We have to move on from the preconceived ideas regarding what Aston Martin is about.”
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/driving/article6605832.ece

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It's actually nicely styled for a subcompact.
But a bit rediculous for an Aston Martin.

If it has all the Aston styling cues, such as the beautiful watch quality guages, sport seats, leather everywhere, jewelry-like aluminum trim and switches, and at least 230 hp powering the wheels, it would be a really sweet car to own.

I think it's cool they are having fun with this concept.
 

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Where have you got that from - I've read the article twice and can't see it mentioned anywhere.
Remember - Google is your friend.

http://www.topgear.com/uk/car-news/aston-martin-cygnet-2009-06-29

This is the Cygnet, Aston Martin's new city car based on the Toyota iQ.
Seriously. We're not joking about this one. This is real.
At the moment, Aston is describing the Cygnet as a concept, but it seems very, very likely to reach production next year.
So what's the idea? Let's ask Aston's chief exec Ulrich Bez.
"This concept - akin to an exclusive tender to a luxury yacht - will allow us to apply Aston Martin design language, craftsmanship and brand values to a completely new segment of the market," says Bez.
"The offering of a ‘Cygnet' with a DBS, DB9 or Vantage is a unique combination of opposites and a novel transport solution allowing intelligent and sensitive mobility."
Which means, we think, that the Cygnet will be the short-range dinghy to the millionaire's DBS yacht. Makes some sort of sense, but can it really be an Aston?
If you're thinking, "well, maybe if it's powered by a big V8...", afraid not. We'd expect the underpinnings to be pure iQ - so a 1.0- or 1.3-litre petrol engine - though with Aston's own wheels, tyres and, of course, deeply plush interior.
As you can see from the photo, it'll get a One-77-inspired front end, complete with wide, angry grille and bonnet vents. We're told that the Cygnet could cost around £20,000 - which is a hell of a lot for an iQ, though very reasonable for an Aston, if you want to look at it that way.
You'll only be able to buy a Cygnet if you're an existing Aston owner, so any of you thinking it's a cheap way into Aston ownership, think again.
What’s your opinion, TGers? To give Aston the benefit of the doubt, imagine the Cygnet with this paintjob and a big set of shiny alloys. Is it more of an Aston than, say, that bizarre Lagonda-thing?
 
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