It seems like it’s been forever since we found out that Aston Martin was releasing the re-badged version of the Toyota iQ, which they began calling the Cygnet. The wait was longer than what we expected, but finally, Aston martin has lifted the covers off of the Cygnet at the Geneva Motor Show.

According to Aston Martin, the "Cygnet concept represents a creative, environmentally conscious solution, being small, yet with presence – and highly fuel efficient, now combined with the prestige of Aston Martin’s luxury brand ownership."

The Aston Martin Cygnet will be powered by a 1.3 liter engine delivering a total of 97-hp with a top speed of 105 mph.

Like what we said: the Cygnet is, effectively, an iQ for the elite; and by elite, we don’t mean just any other rich person that has money to burn. Limited to only 2000 units, the Cygnet is only available to people who currently have an Aston Martin parked in their garage so even if, say, you’re a millionaire who puts cash on your dining table as a centerpiece, you’re out of luck. Unless you own an Aston Martin, you can’t get your hands on a Cygnet.

UPDATE 09/01/2010: Aston Martin has just announced that the Cygnet will become available in the USA in 2012, but potential buyers will still have to own an Aston in order to purchase the hatchback.

UPDATE 12/14/2011: Aston Martin has unveiled a new video of the small Cygnet in which they present the exquisite craftsmanship. Enjoy!

Press release after the jump.

Press release

 The Aston Martin Cygnet Concept is a bold step towards a new form of transportation; the luxury commuter car, a form of personal transportation that sees the company’s core values engage with a new environment.

The Cygnet Concept enhances the marque, pointing to a future of ongoing innovation, design and technology; allowing Aston Martin customers a greater degree of freedom without compromising the levels of design, quality and innovation that embody the brand.

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An Aston Martin delivers the pleasure and exhilaration of driving combined with an appreciation of craftsmanship, design and technology. But Aston Martin is also about innovation, forging new links and associations; and bringing the brand’s qualities to new sectors of the market.

“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.”

“Our past, our future and our backbone will always remain sports cars, but the Cygnet Concept will support this by offering our customers a greater degree of freedom in the urban context.”

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The Cygnet Concept is the result of a unique and intelligent collaboration, the coming together of two companies that are leaders in their respective fields. The project has required a close intellectual and engineering partnership, resulting in an inventive solution that unites volume and niche automotive engineering.

Aston Martin has always understood the importance of an emotional engagement with its products. As the company continues to innovate and diversify its product portfolio, emotional design will remain at the heart of its strategy, be it through the exhilarating sound of a V12 engine, the unmistakeable silhouette of an Aston Martin sports car or the quality, craftsmanship and skill that is evident in an Aston Martin interior. The Cygnet Concept exemplifies this latter attribute, demonstrating the high levels of detail design and craft that are integral to every Aston Martin, presented within a compact and highly advanced technological package.

The Cygnet Concept is a demonstration of Aston Martin’s unrivalled skill at creating hand-crafted interiors. The rich blend of hand-stitched leather, Alcantara and aluminium is shared with Aston Martin’s sports cars. The company’s extensive experience of traditional processes and richly detailed craftsmanship gives each Aston Martin a unique feel, bringing together detailed design work, high technology and exquisitely tactile materials.

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As a luxury commuter car that can slip easily and unobtrusively into the city, the Cygnet Concept is a highly intelligent solution to urban mobility. Using tried and tested technology, together with Aston Martin’s acclaimed levels of personalisation and customisation, material quality, craft skill and tactile delight, the Cygnet Concept is innovative and forward-thinking, a genuine solution for future mobility and a natural partner for Aston Martin’s line-up of acclaimed luxury sports cars. 

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  (714) posted on 01.27.2012

It is rare to find an Aston Martin car that is not attractive. This one really catches my eye. I’ve seen Cygnet in pure gold and I want to own one. It defines luxury.

  (714) posted on 01.27.2012

It is very cute and stylish. It has simple and fundamental design but it is also luxurious. I guess this can only consume less fuel and emit lower emissions.

  (569) posted on 12.5.2011

Cygnet is one of the cutest city cars today! smiley Anyway, if I have my own Cygnet, I would surely prefer it on a black body paint for it looks more attractive and glamorous on that.

  (526) posted on 11.11.2011

A small city car! It truly looks so cute and convenient to use! smiley Anyway, if I could have this one, I would prefer my Cygnet in the color of yellow and violet. Admittedly, it really gets my attention.

  (402) posted on 09.21.2011

Cygnet is really cute on its platform design, though it didn’t have any impressive detailing. And I can say that it is much looking good on the color of yellow smiley it’s very appealing on that.

  (274) posted on 10.8.2010

my jaw in the hit the floor - Aston martins are already foxy - that is utterly and purely orgasmic - what god must i pray to for the winning mega millions ticket?

  (159) posted on 09.29.2010

I don’t know why people low-ranked you, you’re right, fail of the year. Why does Aston Martin need this? It looks very out-of-place with what their brand image is.

  (647) posted on 09.12.2010

A mini car for Bond, this one looks good. It has a large windshield which is great cor country driving.

  (8) posted on 09.5.2010

Oh no!!Aston made a boo-boo!!Either that or they hired the Cookie Monster to come up with this tradegy.

Roy:Right,here’s a million dollars,hand me the keys.
Dealersmileyk,*puts money into cash register* do/did you have an Aston Martin?
Dealersmileyh,you can’t have it then.
Roy:Can I have my money back?
Dealer:Because...*morphs into a loan shark*..I’m your loan shark.

  (858) posted on 08.9.2010

i was supportive of the cygnet for the company to get by the emissions quota so that their regular cars don’t get hit. but putting animal prints paint job/vinyl is a little absurd. if they really want to impress these exclusive clienteles, it should be collaborations with
fashion designers, interior designers, or artists for strict limited editions.

  (743) posted on 07.27.2010

If they could now find a way to make it magically disappear into the boot of the Rapide That would be cool.

  (1332) posted on 07.25.2010

A mini car for Bond, this one looks good. It has a large windshield which is great cor country driving.

  (9) posted on 07.4.2010

"O.K., Here’s £1,000,000 for the Cygnet. Just hand over the keys and were done."
"Erm, do you have an Aston currently?"
"Well, no."
"Oh well then, you canna have it."

  (20) posted on 04.15.2010

Nismo> XD!

  (10) posted on 04.11.2010


  (460) posted on 03.28.2010

It’s like getting monogrammed luggage with the purchase of a luxury car. Except you can ride in this luggage, er.....little city machine.

  (701) posted on 03.4.2010

A car of every occasion I say. This is a kind of vehicle that can match different types of people and we must not forget the thought that it is extremely cool and cute.

  (20) posted on 03.4.2010

Aw how cute.
But now the Smart Car has an evil twin...

  (858) posted on 03.3.2010

that’s rude from aston Martin, why are they so limited plus the only person who can have it is the previous and current aston martin owners.

  (814) posted on 01.10.2010

Unfortunately we need to wait for the new version of this one to see if they will improve or tune up the ECU of this car. As of now, I don’t have any information on some famous tuner shops that will try to tweak the engine system of this car but I will be optimistic that they can force an additional power output on this car.

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