The Aston Martin Cygnet city car has been dropped from the range, according to AutoCar.
A spokesperson for Aston Martin told the motoring magazine and website it had no plans to re-enter the supermini category. Instead, focus will revert to sports cars such as the Vanquish Volante and the V12 Vantage S.
When a car manufacturer known for exotic machines decided to dabble in small cars, it raised a few eyebrows. Critics saw it as a cynical way to help reduce the CO2 emissions average across its product range, while others thought of it as the ultimate in badge snobbery (my other Aston Martin is an Aston Martin).
Either way, £30,000 for a modified Toyota IQ with a 1.3-litre petrol engine that produces 97bhp and 92lb/ft of torque? A phrase about a fool and his money comes to mind – even if the interior is pretty pimp and the exterior was heavily reworked.
There are reportedly 143 examples of the Cygnet on UK roads, which is surprisingly high if you ask us, but it obviously wasn’t popular enough to keep it being killed off – despite reports suggesting initial supply was unable to keep up with demand.
On the off chance you want a mini Aston Martin that’s basically a Toyota, you can pick one up second hand for between £18,000 and £20,000.
If, deep deep inside you’re sad to see Aston Martin’s ugly ducking shot down, you’ll be pleased to hear the Internet is ablaze with rumours that suggest Aston Martin may be working on a similar project in partnership with AMG.