Aston Martin is debuting the Cygnet city car at the famed Harrods department store in central London.
The Cygnet is Aston Martin's bold venture into the minicar segment, without so much as an attempt at a compact sedan, let alone an A3-rivaling hatch. The Cygnet will go into production next year (2011), at Aston Martin's Gaydon headquarters in Warwickshire, U.K., in order to help lower the luxury automaker's CO2 numbers.
Powering the Toyota iQ-based Cygnet will be a 1.33 liter gasoline/petrol engine with 97 bhp (72 kW / 98 PS) and 91 lb-ft (123 Nm) of torque. Aston Martin is aiming for a 55 mpg (UK) mileage rating in its home market with a CO2 quotient of just 120 g/km.
The luxury city car will remain on display at Harrods until December 11.
European Aston Martin dealers have already begun taking orders on the Cygnet.