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Mighty be the power of the word.

Take for example, the humble Toyota, a car brand that, recent recalls notwithstanding, is known for no-nonsense dependability with few thrills. A fine Toyota able to last a solid 10 years costs around $17,000.

Now, how about the anything but humble Aston Martin and its Cygnet, a fun little car that turns heads a plenty in cities across the European continent, how would think twice about plunking down $45,000 for this ride? Not many, after all an Aston Martin carries many times the cache as does a Toyota.

However, the sad truth is that the Aston Martin Cygnet IS a Toyota. The reliable Japanese carmaker makes the car and even offers its own version of the AM Cygnet at $17,000. With the exception of the emblem on its hood and some interior upgrades, the Cygnet that goes for $45,000 is the exact same car as the Toyota that sells for $27,000 less.

I am pretty sure I can guess which one my ex-wife would choose.

 

About the author: Andrew Greene

 

Now playing the role of grumpy old man in the foothills of Northern California’s Gold Country, Andrew has had a life-long love affair with vehicles of all sorts, from the bicycle he pedaled across the continent in 1991 to the armored personnel carriers he drove in the Army to the bamboo rafts, elephants, motorcycle taxis, ferries and buses he traveled by during the 13 years he lived and worked in South East Asia. Always eager to learn more about how the people of the world get from here to there in their day-today lives, he, a professional journalist, has been covering the vehicle industry for years.

 

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