In the remainder of this year 25,000 Aygo cars will be built for the whole of Europe with the UK getting just 3,400 units. 100,000 Aygo models will be produced for Europe in 2006 of which the UK will receive 13,000 units.
The Aygo is available as a three or five door with three equipment levels, Aygo, Aygo+ and Sport. Fifty five per cent of customers are expected to choose the five-door version and 55 per cent Toyota UK say will go for the Aygo+ specification. The Sport, the name for the top of the range model, refers to equipment levels not any greater engine or suspension performance. Extra Sport kit includes alloy wheels, fog lights and a rev counter but air conditioning is an extras cost option as it is on the Aygo+ model. All models have anti-lock braking and electronic brake force distribution. All models have a radio and CD player as standard and all have electronic power steering. In keeping with its life-styling image there is a full range of extra cost options and trendy option packs.
All models, including the Peugeot and Citroen versions, at launch have a new Toyota 1.0-litre variable valve timing three-cylinder petrol engine with a power output of 67bhp and 93Nm of torque at 3,500 rpm. Top speed is 98mph with a 0-62mph acceleration time of 14.2 seconds. Overall fuel consumption is 61.4mpg with a CO2 figure of 109 g/km, the lowest for any petrol engine on the market putting the car in the VED band B. The insurance group rating of 1E is bound to attract young first time new car buyers say Toyota.
A five-speed manual gearbox is standard with the extra cost option, around £600, of a multi-mode clutchless manual/semi automatic transmission.
A 53bhp, 1.4-litre diesel engine from PSA will be added to the range in 2006.
The Aygo carries over some styling themes from the current Yaris but it is not a tall car. Overall length is 3405mm, width is 1615mm and height is 1465mm.Published 11 May 2005