Aston Martin Killing Scion iQ–Based Cygnet

2011 Aston Martin Cygnet

One of the most unlikely luxury cars ever built will soon be no more: Production of the Aston Martin Cygnet minicar is ending “later this year,” a company spokesman confirmed to Car and Driver after Autocar first reported the news. Production of left-hand-drive versions already has come to a close, and right-hand-drivers will follow soon.

The Cygnet, which was never offered in the U.S., is an upgraded version of the Toyota iQ—badged as a Scion here. Its modifications consisted of adorning iQ bodies with styling elements resembling Aston Martin’s high-priced sports cars, and lavishly fitting interiors with leather and faux suede. The operation in Gaydon made no changes to the somewhat-lethargic powertrain of the iQ.

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To kindle interest in the Cygnet, the British manufacturer originally said that only those who already owned an Aston would be allowed to purchase a Cygnet, but we soon discovered that wasn’t the case—anyone was able to get one. Now is the last chance. “It may still be possible to secure a car in the dealer network,” Aston says. There’s no word on a potential successor—here’s hoping it stays that way.

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