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Aston Martin has finally taken the covers off its Cygnet Concept, live at Geneva. Make no mistake the company will definitely produce this car. The maker says many of its traditional customers (people who buy V12 monsters like the DBS) have a need for a city commuter that does not feel all that dissimilar to their expensive machines.

"Many of our customers have a need for a small car for urban and city use," says Aston Martin Chief Executive, Dr Ulrich Bez, "The Cygnet Concept brings intelligence, innovation and artistry to the small car market. The Cygnet Concept represents the natural choice for those customers looking for a premium commuter car."

The Cygnet is based on the Toyota IQ, a three-metre long, 3+1 city slicker positioned below the Yaris. However, none of that has stopped it from being an Aston Martin. Said to be part of its DNA is a hand-stitched leather/ Alcantara/ aluminium blended interior, just like certain other Astons. Personalisation and customisation options will also be available.

Powertrain details were not released but according to the official Aston Martin magazine (issue 8 summer 2009) the IQ's driveline will remain the same.

Dr Bez stresses that while the Cygnet should certainly find plenty of enviro-conscious buyers within the AM family, his team's core business has not changed at all.


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