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Aston Martin gives Cygnet the go-ahead


Luxury car-maker Aston Martin has confirmed that its smallest and slowest car will go into production

The Aston Martin Cygnet is a luxury city car that will go into production in 2011 at the company’s headquarters in Warwickshire, UK.

At just three metres long, the supermini utilises factory-ready Toyota iQs from Japan which are then given a cosmetic overhaul. Customers can personalise the colours and materials in a number of ways, ensuring no two are identical.

The £30,000 (NZ$64,000) Cygent will feature a 1.3-litre four-cyclinder petrol engine producing 97hp. It'll be the slowest Aston Martin ever - taking 11.8 seconds to reach 100kph, with a top speed of 170kph. Average fuel economy is reportedly 59mpg and Co² is 113g/km.

Aston Martin says its customers need a small car for urban and city use, and the Cygnet downsizes without comprimising luxury.

“It is time to think differently. Aston Martin is honest and we don’t make compromises” says Aston Martin CEO Dr Ulrich Bez.

“The Cygnet needs to satisfy the demands of emissions and space. It is a car without compromise, just like every other Aston Martin."

Existing Aston customers will be offered the car first, with general sales following.

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