Aston Martin has today confirmed that the Cygnet will go into production in 2011 at the company’s Gaydon headquarters in Warwickshire.
Initially shown as a concept earlier this year, the the Toyota iQ-based Cygnet is described by its manufacturer as an â€˜Aston Martin tailor fit for the cityâ€™.
Aston Martinâ€™s CEO Ulrich Bez said “The Cygnet is designed to support our sports cars by providing a greater degree of freedom in the urban context; it is a very special car, a premium but compact package with heart, soul and personality.”
Aston Martin has been named the coolest brand in the UK, it has been revealed.
The carmaker has come top in the latest study by independent brand research firm Superbrands, which questioned more than 2,000 consumers.
However technology brands continue to lead the Superbrands Cool Brands survey with the rest of the top five spots taken by tech brands.
Appleâ€™s iPhone takes second place, Blackberry is fourth and upmarket audio-visual brand Bang & Olufsen takes fifth place.
Aston Martin has just unveiled today the new 2011 Aston Martin DB9 which will hit the showroom floor next month, in July.
The company says the new 2011 Aston Martin DB9 has received the most significant upgrades program since the model was first introduced back in 2003.
Styling changes include a new front bumper, bright finish radiator grille and a re-shaped lower intake featuring bright hexagonal mesh, new headlight surrounds, re-styled sills, silver brake calipers and clear rear taillights.
James Bond’s 1964 Aston Martin DB5 will go under the hammer in London in October and is expected to fetch over $5 million, RM Auctions said.
It is the first time the distinctive silver-colored car has been available to the public to buy.
It is one of two, and the sole remaining, of the original “007” DB5s that appeared on screen with Sean Connery behind the wheel in “Goldfinger” and “Thunderballâ€.
Aston Martin is to bring the V12 Vantage — the most powerful sports car the brand has ever made — to the US, it announced May 10.
Although Aston Martin had not originally planned a US version of the car, it says that unexpected demand forced a reconsideration of the decision.
A specially-modified version of the car is now to go on sale in North and South America later this year, although prices are unconfirmed.
Speaking to AutoExpress at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, Aston Martin design director Marek Reichman said that he wants to set a new standard for personalization of Aston vehicles.
The aim is to form a team of engineers that would be able to make any of your dreams come true.
Reichman said that this could be accomplished using Astonâ€™s historic Works Service department and the engineering and production staff who currently help produce the One-77 supercar.
â€œThere is much more choice in the world,â€ Reichman said, â€œso our cars need to be much more personal.”
Aston Martin hasn’t revealed many new details about its baby Cygnet, which is on display at the 2010 Geneva Auto Show.
The Cygnet is a production car based on the Toyota iQ with a Vantage front end and luxury interior, to be sold for $45,000 to $75,000 to buyers who want an expensive city car.
The company said that it expects the car will go on sale in 2011, but there were no plans to sell it in the United States.
One rich Middle East buyer has decided to create a sensation in the auto world by having 10 whole Aston martin One-77s delivered, which cost $1.7 million apiece.
The unnamed buyer apparently paid a premium to get the cars sent to his desert demesne, bringing the total cost of the cars to $23 million.
He is reportedly planning to give one to each member of his immediate family.
Like the McLaren MP4-12C or Lexus LFA, the One-77 is made using a carbon fiber monocoque to keep weight at an absolute minimum â€“ just 3,300 lbs.
A set of cufflinks featuring an 18-c gold finish has been made using parts from Prince Charles’s Aston Martin to raise money for charity.
Pistons removed from the car when the prince decided to convert the vehicle to make it more eco-friendly have been transformed into cufflinks.
A total of 200 cufflinks were made by TMB ArtMetal, and they were designed to resemble the DB6 and the car’s iconic wheel â€˜spinners’.
Following in with the ski-line trend, Aston Martin has decided to launch a pair of skis which draws inspiration from their cars.
â€œConceived as the ultimate all-rounder ski, the race-derived materials make them perfect for all downhill descents.
As with the latest Aston Martin sportscars, the high-technology construction boasts the latest materials including composites, aluminium and carbon.â€
Aston Martin has unveiled a Carbon Black makeover package for its popular DBS and V12 Vantage (above).
The special editions get 50 man hours of bespoke Carbon Black metallic paint applied by hand.
The inside naturally also received the black widow touch via a carbon-fiber and Kevlar interior outfit.
Luxury car-maker Aston Martin has unveiled its first luxury small city car, or what it calls its “luxury commuter concept” – the Cygnet.
The move represents a radical departure for the luxury car manufacturer, most celebrated for the super sleek sports cars driven by James Bond.
The concept car, developed in partnership with Toyota, is heavily based on Toyota’s much-lauded small car, the iQ.
Italian luxury sports car manufacturer Maserati is the overwhelming best-seller in the US among niche luxury car brands, according to business magazine Forbes.
Maserati is the top-selling brand among cars that sell at least 1,200 models a year in 47 of 50 states, plus the District of Columbia.
Three states prefer less flashy English automakers: Bentley is the favorite in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, while Virginia’s elite favor Aston Martin.
Last week Aston Martin opened its first dedicated merchandising outlet â€“ the “Aston Martin Store NÃ¼rburgring”.
The store is located in the heart of the “Grand Ring Boulevard” consisting of more than 20 shops dedicated to car brands and motor sports.
There was a big surprise waiting for all the visitors, as in addition to all the Aston Martin related merchandise there was also first completed model of the One-77 on display.
Aston Martin makes some of the most visually appealing cars on the road today.
Their latest offering, the DBS Volante (Volante = Convertible), continue the company’s tradition of elegant styling combined with V12 power.
One wealthy Australian has placed an order for what is the most expensive car in the world, the Aston Martin One-77.
Aston Martin unveiled the hand-built car last weekend in Italy. The $4m supercar is more expensive than the Bugatti Veyron or Ferrari Enzo.
It will be one of only 77 examples built by the British company, which describes it as “perfection”.
Having already launched a bespoke audio system for the DBS in 2008, Aston Martin and Bang & Olufsen went ahead and introduced the BeoSound DB9 which has been designed to complement the luxurious, handcrafted interiors of the DB9.
It was developed exclusively for the car, meaning it is perfectly matched both physically and acoustically, the company said.
Among the highlights of the new audio system are the thirteen speakers positioned in ten locations around the car including two â€™submergibleâ€™ twin acoustic lens speakers on both sides of the dashboard.
The Geneva Motor Show is one of the 5 major auto shows in the world, the only one in Europe that takes place every year, always in early springtime.
Rolf Studer, General Manager of the Show, said: “We know it is of key importance to offer automobile manufacturers an attractive platform which guarantees them an opportunity to efficiently present and communicate to the rest of the world.
Every year we welcome some 10,000 media representatives and more than 700,000 visitors, of which 37% come from more than 110 countries.“
This year, the 79th edition will open to public from March 5 to March 15, but there are already shows and exhibition for press.
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At the 2009 Geneva Motor Show Aston Martin has unveiled the new 12-cylinder version of the V8 Vantage: V12 Vantage, Aston Martinâ€™s most exhilarating sports car.
Powered by a 6.0 liter engine that produces 510 bhp (380 kW / 517 PS) and 570 Nm (420 lb ft), V12 is the fastest Vantage ever, with a top speed of 190 mph mph (305 km/h) and 0-62 mph (0-100 kp/h) time of 4.2 seconds.