The little Aston that could has officially received the axe. The Aston Martin Cygnet will no longer be produced, which does not exactly come as a shock to most. While there was a time in 2011 that production orders were high, in the end the company could barely give them away.
The Aston Martin Cygnet fits neatly in most spaces. Just slip it on the yacht next to the jet skis.
To say the Cygnet was a departure from standard Aston Martin fare is an understatement.
The Aston Martin Cygnet is actually a gussied-up Toyota IQ that was created to appeal to green types and adhere to new EU fuel-efficiency regulations. You can imagine how difficult it is for a company like Aston Martin to fall in line with regulations when their passion is producing high-performance exotic sports cars. Overall, the little Cygnet made for a nice city car for commutes, but not exactly something you would want to show off to your buddies. People attracted to brands like Aston Martin do not want a motorcycle side car on wheels perched in their garage.
Fun fact: Famous racer Stirling Moss purchased an Aston Martin Cygnet for his wife. It is unknown how she felt about the $50,000 trinket.
The Cygnet is not a complete joke, however. Under its fingernail sized hood lurks a menacing 1.3-liter engine pushing out 97 ponies. For perspective purposes, the new Aston Martin Vanquish supercar packs a modest V12 engine housing 565 horses. Sadly, in the end even the Aston Martin Cygnet Colette Edition failed to spark enough love for the baby plug-in. The Cygnet Collette Edition was a collaboration with fashion house Collette with the goal of offering an even more ‘upscale’ Cygnet with French styling undertones and plush little pillows in the matchbox-sized backseat.
The Cygnet Collette Edition
So this is the end for the Aston Martin Cygnet, which seems like it could have been a fierce competitor for the likes of the Fiat 500 if the price had been more reflective of its stature.
The Fiat 500. Bumper cars, anyone?