The recession has made a big dent in Aston Martin's global growth ambitions. Whether this translates into a reduction in product-development plans for the British luxury brand remains to be seen.
A debate has raged over one of the upcoming models, the Cygnet. At issue: Can an Aston Martin be created from a tiny Toyota iQ?
Here are Aston Martin's vehicle plans through 2012.
Cygnet: This teaming of an Aston Martin grille and interior with the pint-sized Toyota iQ may be the strangest cross-branding ever. Production of what is expected to be a Europe-only model could begin in 2010. Toyota will ship assembled iQ units to Aston Martin's Gaydon, England, plant. The interior will be upgraded, but no mechanical changes are planned. The vehicle will sell for about $32,000, double the iQ's price.
Vantage: The V8 Vantage will be joined by a limited-edition V12. The V12 Vantage is on sale in Europe. U.S. sales are expected next year.
DB9: Minor changes are expected.
DBS: No major changes are planned.
Rapide: The Rapide sedan debuted last month at the Frankfurt auto show with a 470-hp, 6.0-liter V-12 under the hood. Expect U.S. delivery in the spring. The Rapide will be assembled by Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria, rather than at Aston Martin's Gaydon plant. The price will be around $230,000, placing it between the DB9 and DBS.
One-77: This limited-edition coupe has a carbon-fiber structure and a body of carbon fiber and aluminum. Power comes from a 740-hp, 7.3-liter V-12 engine. Aston Martin expects to sell 77 units at about $2 million a pop. Production will start by year end.
Lagonda: The bizarre-looking all-wheel-drive crossover from the 2009 Geneva auto show remains a concept. If approved for production, the earliest it would appear is 2012. Even then, it might never reach North America, with Aston Martin instead focusing on markets with plenty of wealthy people and bad roads, such as Russia, China and the Middle East.