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When Will it End? Chinese Automaker Copies Aston Martin Cygnet

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Behold the magnificence of the Dojo Pioneer, a small Chinese EV that owes everything to the Aston Martin Cygnet. Or at least it does when you look at the front end, because everything else is, well, boring old five-door city car fare, although that strangely isn’t good either in this context.

Meet the Scion of Aston Martin, Transformed in Texas

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The absolute joke of a project that was the Aston Martin Cygnet, a Toyota iQ with a British-flavored maquillage and a hysterical starting price of around £31,000 or more than $50,000, was put to rest last October, ending an awkward chapter in the brand's long history. Aston never offered the Cygnet in the States, but there is at least one example on this side of the pond that mimics its looks.

Aston Boss Says Cygnet Discontinued Because Toyota iQ will be Axed in 2014

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Earlier this month, we reported that Aston Martin has discontinued the Cygnet due to poor sales. However, it turns out there was more to it than that. Aston Martin CEO Ulrich Bez said Toyota is going to axe the iQ next year, so Aston Martin had no choice but to stop production of the Cygnet as well. The Cygnet is basically a rebadged and more luxurious version of the Toyota iQ.

Aston Martin Pulls the Plug on Cygnet After Selling 150 Cars Instead of…12,000

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Aston Martin's most embarrassing production car ever is no more, as the British brand has finally admitted defeat ceasing production of its Japanese-English patient, the Cygnet.

Many had seen this coming, given that the Cygnet was nothing more than a glorified and re-trimmed Toyota iQ (Scion in North America) with an Aston Martin-worthy starting price of £31,000 (US$50,000 or €37,000), with some editions costing close to £50,000 mark (US$81,000 or €60,000).

Aston Martin Annoyed by Sexy Used Car Ad, Lawyers Up and Demands Image Take Down

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For a Britain-based carmaker, Aston Martin sure lacks a sense of humor – at least when it comes to fan-made ads, because as far as cars are concerned, the company showed its funny side by slapping its cherished winged logo on a Toyota iQ and naming it the Cygnet

Why are we telling you all this? Because we just received a letter from Lewis Silkin LLP, a law firm that represents Aston Martin, and which demands the takedown of an image/ad we shared on our site of a young lady posing on a kitchen bench with the tagline, "You know you're not the first. But do you really care?", for the brand's used car division, and which cloned an older BMW commercial.

Aston Martin Allegedly Mulling 5.9-liter V12-Powered Cygnet!

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We have no idea how it can be done, but Aston Martin is reportedly thinking about shoehorning its 5.9-liter V12 engine into the miniscule Cygnet city car to create a special build that makes the Nissan Juke R look like a walk in the park.

We will remind you that the Cygnet is the Aston Martin-badged version of the Toyota and Scion iQ three-door hatchbacks, and that at 3,078mm (121.8 inches) long, it is roughly the same length as the wheelbase of the regular BMW 7-Series sedan (the Li models have a 3,210mm long wheelbase…).

'Q by Aston Martin' Offers New Personalization Options to Customers, Debuts in Geneva

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After lending its name to several fictional characters including the scientific and engineering genius in the James Bond films as well the omnipotent god-like being in the Star Trek television series, the letter Q has now found a place in Aston Martin's range.

"Q by Aston Martin" is the British firm's new service that is said to bring the automaker's designers together with its engineers and craftspeople allowing customers to personalize their vehicles.

While the sample pictures of the customized Vantage Roadster and Cygnet hatchback released by Aston Martin suggest that this is the stuff we'd make fun of in our Offbeat section, it also shows the amount of personalization the company offers.

The service is for both the exterior and interior styling.

Aston Martin Cygnet: Project Kahn Tries to Make Something Out of Nothing

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There are plenty of reasons not to buy into Aston Martin's cover up of the Toyota iQ, but if you have already paid twice or perhaps even three times as much for a cooler grille and a luxed up interior and still aren’t happy about the way the Cygnet looks and sounds, Project Kahn has some select upgrades for you.

On the outside, the British tuner fits the Cygnet with its own alloy wheels that are available in various colors (size 17-in. up front and 18-in. at the back), a new set of brake calipers finished in heat resistant paint, again in whatever color the customer wants, and bespoke exhaust tail pipes.

Aston Martin Attempts to Justify the Unjustified with Cygnet Video

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A Toyota iQ with the 1.33-liter gasoline engine will set you back £12,775 (US$19,900 or €15,100) in Britain. A base Aston Martin Cygnet with the same drivetrain will cost you £31,000 (US$48,300 or €36,300) but can approach the £50,000 mark (!), depending on the edition.

If you do the math, you'll find that the entry-level Cygnet costs almost two and a half times more than the car it is based on, and which is available in North America under the Scion brand with prices starting from $15,995.

Aston Martin Launches New Cygnet in Hong Kong and Japan

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Perhaps the most controversial Aston Martin model ever made - or to be more precise, re-made, the new Cygnet luxury city car has arrived in two more markets outside of Europe, in Hong Kong and Japan.

Essentially a heavily luxed-up version of the Toyota / Scion iQ, the Cygnet is available to order now in Hong Kong and Japan from the Aston Martin dealership network with deliveries expected in the first quarter of 2012.

Aston Martin Says it Can't Satisfy Demand for $49K Cygnet

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Aston Martin’s chairman Ulrich Bez has admitted that sales of the subcompact Cygnet are “not as high as we hoped”. He claimed though that the reason is not the lack of customers, but of supply.

“I’m not satisfied with sales of the Cygnet” Bez told British magazine, Autocar. “We can’t deliver as many as customers want, as we don’t have enough stock. It is the sort of product a customer wants and decides they want on the spot –they don’t want to wait for their car to be built, but to drive it away there and then,” he added.

IAA 2011: Aston Martin One-77 Shows up in Frankfurt with a Different Hue Right Next to the Cygnet

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It’s been more than two years since we first laid eyes on Aston Martin's stunning One-77 supercar, but we're still enamored with its striking looks. At this year's edition of the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, the British automaker brought along an example of the One-77 finished in funky brown color.

Aston Martin: How Recycled Platforms and Eight-Year-Old Tech Could be the Brand’s Downfall

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Unlike Bentley, Lamborghini, Ferrari and Rolls-Royce – who are owned by highly successful mainstream brands Volkswagen, Audi, Fiat and BMW respectively – specialist manufacturers such as Aston Martin have a hard time in the market.

Whereas a company like Mercedes-Benz can afford to spend €5 billion (US$7.1 billion) in one year on research and development, the Gaydon-based manufacturer of performance/luxury coupes is planning its next models on the eight-year-old platform that first underpinned the DB9 coupe in 2003!

Aston Martin to Race Two Cygnets at Bridgestone Eco-Rally

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A pair of Cygnet minis will be representing Aston Martin at the fifth annual Bridgestone Eco-Rally that takes place in London this weekend. This is the first time that the British marque participates at the event, which will pass from the heart of Oxford to central London.

Sir Stirling Moss Buys an Aston Martin Cygnet for his Wife

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You would never think that an Aston Martin would need any sort of marketing push from a personality like Sir Stirling Moss, but to play around with our own words, up until recently, you would never think that Aston Martin would actually try to sell a hugely overpriced city car that’s a rebadged Toyota model…

In any case, the British racing legend is one of the first customers to receive the Aston Martin Cygnet, which he purchased as a birthday gift to his wife, Lady Moss. Appropriately, there was a photographer in hand to capture the gift-wrapped Cygnet.

Aston Martin Releases $70,550 / €48,995 Fashion-Trendy Cygnet Special

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The Cygnet is on its way to becoming a true Aston Martin, but not in the sense you might think. We are referring to its price tag with the release of a new limited run special called “Cygnet & colette” that will set buyers back a whopping €48,995, equal to £43,800 and US$70,550!

That’s £18,000 or US$29,000 more than the entry-level Cygnet. This kind of money can buy you a Porsche Boxster in the UK and you would still have more than £7,000 left for spending! And all this for a car that is essentially a re-trimmed Toyota iQ…

Video: Bloomberg’s Adam Haynes on the Aston Martin Cygnet

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You can’t spell, “Cygnet” without, “cynical marketing ploy”. The Toyota iQ-derived stocking stuffer iPhone accessory subcompact has prompted a neat little op-ed piece by Bloomberg correspondent (an ex-pat Aussie) Adam Haynes that includes some fascinating dialogue from Aston Martin insiders.

Most of our readers will know by now that the Cygnet exists purely to counteract the 120 grams of CO2 per kilogram EU carbon restrictions to be introduced in 2012. With a combined CO2 g/km rating of 400, Aston Martin’s current fleet of high performance vehicles could never match this.

Aston Martin Launches Cygnet with Two Special Editions, Priced from $49,600 / €36,700

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To celebrate the start of production of its new Toyota iQ-based Cygnet city car, Aston Martin has announced two special launch edition models called White and Black.

Set to go on sale in April, both are offered with the iQ's 1.33-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine producing 98HP, matched to either standard 6-speed manual gearbox or optional CVT automated transmission, and each will be produced for a strictly limited run.

The British automaker says the Cygnet with the manual gearbox completes the 0-62mph (100km/h) sprint in 11.6 seconds while returning an estimated combined fuel economy of 56.5 mpg UK, equal to 47 mpg US and 5.0 lt/100km.

Aston Martin's Low-iQ Cygnet Caught on the Streets of Düsseldorf

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If we had to give a prize for the most ridiculous new car of 2010, it would go hands down to Aston Martin's Cygnet luxury mini. The British firm's pint-size model is nothing more than a Toyota iQ (Scion iQ in North America) decorated with fancy-pansy wraps - something like those silly replicas we show you from time to time with an even sillier price tag.

Aston Martin Cygnet makes its global debut... in Harrods window

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Ah, Harrods. Not only is it the swankiest and largest department store in the world, but starting from today and running through December 11, it will also be home to Aston Martin's new luxury city car, the Cygnet. The British firm's polished up Toyota iQ is making its global debut at the renowned shopping center in London occupying a prominent position in the store's Brompton Road window display.