By Calvin Palmer
Think Aston Martin and the name conjures up the high-speed car chases in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace.
The famous British marque has had a long association with James Bond since a DB5, complete with machine guns and an ejector seat, first appeared in Goldfinger in 1964.
But think again. Auto Express magazine has released pictures of the luxury sports car company’s latest creation – a city car.
Dubbed the Aston Martin Cygnet and based on the Toyota iQ, the car is a joint venture between the British supercar maker and the Japanese auto giant.
Aston Martin CEO Dr Ulrich Bez said: “Now is the right time for Aston Martin to take this 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.”
The new car will help Aston Martin achieve its carbon emissions target and also boasts a five-star EuroNCAP safety rating.
The Cygnet is expected to share the same three-cylinder petrol engine as the iQ but the design and interior shares much with the larger DBS versions.
Indeed, in order to buy the Cygnet prospective purchasers must already own an Aston Martin.
The company has found 30 percent of Aston Martin owners also have smaller cars such as the Mini and aims to cash in on brand loyalty.
Bez said: “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.”