New Toyota Aygo now in production
Second generation model with improved engine
The new Toyota Aygo has officially started production at the Toyota Peugeot Citroen Automobile factory in Kolin in the Czech Republic. The joint venture plant, which is also producing the Peugeot 108 and Citroën C1 was established in 2005 to build the first generation Aygo and its siblings. For the new models it has benefited from new investment worth more than £175 million and added seven hundred new jobs.
The factory currently produces around three hundred vehicles a day, at a line speed of one every fifty-five seconds. This output will be increased to more than seven hundred and in early June the plant will be working at full capacity, with one thousand cars coming off the line every twenty-four hours. TPCA plans to produce more than 210,000 units a year, from which Toyota is targeting annual sales of more than 80,000 in 2015 to take an estimated six per cent share of the European city car (A-segment) market.
World premiere at the Geneva Motor Show
The new Aygo celebrated its world premiere at the Geneva motor show in March, creating an instant buzz with its new and highly distinctive X-themed frontal design and its great range of customisation options. All the styling and engineering decisions in new Aygo’s development were purposely made with fun in made. The second generation model will open up fantastic new possibilities for customers to personalise their car due to an extensive range of affordable and stylish customisation options both for the exterior and the cabin. More than ten vehicle elements can easily be replaced with alternative colours and executions, even after several years of ownership.
The Aygo is a popular city car and this new refreshed look will be very welcome. It is an extremely economical and great for the environment plus the low Co2 emissions means there is no road tax to pay. There is also the choice of either three or five door body styles across the range. The Aygo is powered by an improved version of Toyota’s award-winning three-cylinder 1.0-litre VVT-i petrol engine and is offered with a choice of manual or new x-shift automated manual transmissions. The top line combined cycle performance figures are 74.3mpg and 88g/km CO2 emissions.
More details about the UK model range, pricing, specifications and the on-sale date will be announced soon.