Aston Martin has confirmed plans to launch the Cygent in 2011. It is the company's answer to increasingly stringent fuel economy and emissions standards.

Aston Martin has confirmed plans to launch the Toyota iQ-based Cygnet in 2011.

Designed to set "a new benchmark for compact luxury," the Cygnet is Aston Martin's answer to increasingly stringent fuel economy and emissions standards. As such, power will likely be a 1.33-liter petrol engine with 97 hp (72 kW / 98 PS) and 91 lb-ft (123 Nm) of torque. This should enable the car to get a combined 55 mpg (UK) and emit 120 grams of CO2 per kilometer.

According to Aston Martin CEO Dr Ulrich Bez, "Whatever we do, we do right. If we do performance, we do performance; we don't downsize or compromise our sports cars. The Cygnet needs to satisfy the demands of emissions and space. It is a car without compromise, just like every other Aston Martin."

Additional information will be released later this year, so stay tuned for details.

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