Sunday 30 August 2009
The Toyota Aygo is a city car sold since 2005. All Aygos are built at the new factory of the TPCA joint-venture (Toyota Peugeot Citroën Automobile) in the city of Kolin, Czech Republic. The Aygo was first displayed at the 2005 Salon de l'Automobile de Genève. The name "Aygo" comes from "i-go", symbolising freedom and mobility. In Japanese, the word "Aygo" translates into the word "rabbit fish".
The decision to make these cars was made on July 12, 2001, when the presidents of Toyota and PSA Group, Fujio Cho and Jean-Martin Folz respectively, decided to produce a small car to share development costs. This project was called B-Zero. The Peugeot 107 and Citroën C1 are rebadged versions of the same car.
The main difference between the Aygo and its siblings is in the interior equipment, badges, logos and easily recognizable the rear end of the car. The planned production is 300,000 cars annually - 100,000 cars per brand. Sales began in July 2005 and the car is available as a three or five-door hatchback. There are two engines available, a 1.0 L three-cylinder engine rated at 68 bhp (51 kW), and a 1.4 L HDi diesel I4 engine rated at 54 bhp (40 kW).The Aygo has a 4-star EuroNCAP rating.
- engine: 3 cylinders
- capacity: 998 cc
- horsepower: 68 HP
- gearbox: 5+1
- top speed: 157 km/h