If you’ve always thought that the Aston Martin Cygnet city car was an abomination, think again. It is probably the sole reason that Aston Martin will continue to produce V12 engined supercars instead of dropping them in favor of a V8.
According to a report by AutoCar the Toyota iQ based Cygnet plays a key role in the company’s future as it tries to hit emission regulations. Insiders say that the 96-hp 1.3L Cygnet can almost halve Aston’s fleet average thanks to its CO2 emissions of around 115 g/km. That will allow Aston to keep its V12s going strong without having to re-engineer them in favor of a V8.
Aston’s top selling cars, the DB9 and V8 Vantage, have a rating of 345g/km and 315g/km respectively. The Cygnet will make a big dent in that average when Aston calculates its overall fleet emissions.
EU rules will kick off in 2012 and will be phased in over the next 4 years. By 2012, 65 percent of an automaker’s fleet has to meet regulations, which will eventually rise to 100 percent by 2015. Low-volume automakers like Aston cannot take advantage of their figures being calculated as a part of parent since there is no major automaker that owns the supercar maker.
Guess you’ll have to respect the Cygent afterall.
Refresher: Based on the Toyota iQ, the Aston Martin Cygnet will be powered by a 1.3L engine making 97-hp, allowing it to hit a top speed of 105 mph. Aston Martin will make around 2,000 units and will sell them for around £20,000 (about $35,000 USD) a pop. The Cygnet is only available to those who currently own an Aston.
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– By: Omar Rana