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Clay motion: Aston Martin clay modellers work on the Aston version of the Toyota iQ micro car.

Aston Martin pimps Toyota city car as cool commuter for upmarket owners

30 Jun 2009

BRITISH sportscar-maker Aston Martin has taken the unexpected step of teaming up with Toyota to produce a restyled version of the Japanese brand’s iQ micro-car, which is under consideration for release in Australia.

Although the Aston Martin “commuter concept” is still in its early stages of development, as revealed by a single image of it as a full-size clay model, company chief Dr Ulrich Bez said the ‘Cygnet’ would be offered to buyers of top-shelf Aston models as a distinctive, intelligent and exclusive solution for urban travel.

“Now is the right time for Aston Martin to take this first bold step to embark on this special project – made possible with the support of an organisation of Toyota’s stature and capability and the intelligent design and perfect city car package of the iQ,” said Dr Bez.

“Much work is still required, but I am confident that this project could become reality in the not too distant future. This concept – akin to an exclusive tender to a luxury yacht – will allow us to apply Aston Martin design language, craftsmanship and brand values to a completely new segment of the market.

“The offering of a ‘Cygnet’ with a DBS, DB9 or Vantage is a unique combination of opposites and a novel transport solution allowing intelligent and sensitive mobility on an exclusive and innovative level.”

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