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2009-06-29 12:37
Aston Martin will use Toyota's iQ four-seater as the basis for its new luxury commuter vehicle.

The car, which will be called Cygnet, will be built exclusively to Aston Martin customer requirements at the luxury carmaker's Gaydon headquarters. It will be offered along with purchases of Aston Martin's DBS, DB9 or Vantage cars.

The Toyota iQ is billed as the world's smallest four-seater. At less than three metres in length, its flexible package has a flat underfloor fuel tank and asymmetric dashboard to maximise space.
"It’s a great compliment that the Toyota iQ has been hand-picked by one of the world’s most prestigious sports car brands, a company with whom we also share a strong friendship," said Tadashi Arashima, CEO and president of Toyota Motors Europe.

"This collaboration represents a natural pairing of strategies: a small yet spacious package, perfect for the city driver, finished off with Aston Martin’s iconic design language."
Aston Martin Chief Executive, Dr Ulrich Bez said: “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.”

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