Sunday, October 18, 2009

Aston Martin, Toyota collaborating on tiny commuter car

A mini Aston Martin is on the way.
Aston Martin, the vaunted British manufacturer, is working with Japanese manufacturer Toyota to develop a luxury commuter car based on the miniscule Toyota IQ.
According to the company, the urban runabout is called Cygnet and “will offer customers a distinctive, intelligent and exclusive solution for urban travel in style and luxury.”

Left Lane reports that Toyota will send IQs to Aston Martin in England, and Aston Martin will customize them with an Aston Martin grille and a reworked interior. The car’s powertrain will remain unchanged.

Although Aston Martin issued no details, the Cygnet could have one or more of these powertrains: a one-liter, 3-cylinder gasoline engine teamed with a 5–speed manual transmission; a 1.4-liter, 4-cylinder diesel engine teamed with a 6-speed manual transmission and a 1.3-liter, 4-cylinder gasoline engine teamed with either a six-speed manual shifter or a continuously variable automatic transmission.

The tiny IQ is approximately 10 feet long, 6 feet wide and less than 5 feet tall. Slightly larger than a Smart commuter car, it holds up to four adults but, according to, they better not be taller than 5 feet, 10 inches tall.

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