The New Toyota Aygo | Part Two (2005)

Toyota Aygo

Toyota Aygo

A New Design Philosophy

Aygo’s styling expresses Vibrant Clarity, a new Toyota design philosophy.

"Japanese culture, or what we like to call the ‘J-factor’, forms the foundation for Toyota’s unique design direction, Vibrant Clarity," said Wahei Hirai, Managing Officer of the Toyota Design Centre.

Aygo disproves the view that small cars are purely about economy by focusing on the fun and enjoyment compact vehicles can deliver. The body has a low line that emphasises the wheel flares; shortened overhangs and a cab-forward design help achieve a roomy interior within an overall compact exterior.

The front end design displays the new face of Toyota, with a strong three-dimensional form that flows from the Toyota badge.

The interior is in the same spirit as the exterior with a compact instrument panel with a two-tone finish. The car’s character is further expressed in the cylinder-shaped heated control unit and the simple, modern graphics used on the meters.

The door trim carries over the exterior body colour to give the cabin a sporty feel that’s also shown in the design of the steering wheel and gear lever. The adjustable steering column and principle meters form a single unit, which means the dials remain in clear view.

Toyota has used a new graining finish on the dashboard that is not only more attractive but which also sets new standards for scratch resistance, ease of cleaning and resistance to ageing.

The modern, clean design of the seats creates a figure-hugging effect, and the upholstery is both highly durable and of excellent quality.

Interior And Practicality

Aygo’s interior was developed to accommodate passengers of all sizes, including very tall people. Achieving a large amount of usable interior space has been helped by the car having particularly short front and rear overhangs. Passenger comfort is heightened thanks to one of the most generous measurements between front and rear hip points of any A segment car.

The cabin features plenty of handy storage spaces, including four door pockets, eight trays, three cup holders, a coin case and large vanity mirrors.

continues... | Part Three
Published 2 March 2005 Melanie Carter
 

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