It’s easy to see how Aston Martin could have been lulled into the micro-car trend, with Mercedes-Benz investing in Smart, and automakers increasingly responding to the urbanization and crowding of cities that is only projected to continue. For better or worse however, the Aston Martin Cygnet won’t be scooting around those cities.
According to a report in Automotive News Europe, the tiniest car to wear an Aston Martin badge will be discontinued after having sold just 150 models over a three-year period. The Aston Martin Cygnet was mechanically similar to the Scion iQ, even using the same 1.3-liter Toyota engine. Aston Martin added a few luxury touches in keeping with its brand, but at a price of nearly 40,000 euros, few saw the appeal.
The Aston Martin Cygnet may also have been a strategic move by the automaker to lower its fleet’s average fuel economy, with many of its most iconic models coming up–as expected–short in the fuel efficiency department. Aston Martin is known for building striking, high-performance sports cars such as the DB9 Coupe and Convertible; Those cars are powered by a commanding 6.0-liter V-12 engine, capable of 470 hp. We’ll be curious to see if Aston Martin tries its hand at another car–perhaps larger and with more of the automaker’s performance pedigree–in the coming years.
Source: Automotive News Europe (subscription required)