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Fresher Aygo hits SA

2012-05-10 09:02

After Toyota’s Aygo had been denied to South Africa for so long, we’re now being bombarded with the ball of fun – the facelifted car is now available here with a fresh look and a new flagship model.

First seen at the Brussels auto show earlier in 2012, this Aygo shows off the new face of Toyota’s small cars (first seen in the all-new Yaris launched here in 2011), along with a new bonnet design and a new, aerodynamic, bumper.

The changes also see the Aygo’s overall length increased by 15mm, too.

ON FIRE

Headlining the reintroduction is the five-door Inferno special edition with its exclusive burnt orange metallic paint finish, alcantara seats, front fog lamps and leather steering wheel and gearshift knob.

The remaining models are the three- or five-door Fresh and Wild models in the base and mid-spec grades. According to Toyota SA, all models now come with a radio/CD player as standard while the entry-level Fresh model continues without a tachometer.

Even the Fresh model, however, is equipped with power steering, air conditioning, dual front airbags, ABS, electronic brake distribution and brake assist, and an immobiliser.

Mid-range Wild models add 14” alloy wheels, colour-coded mirrors and door handles, front power windows, four speakers, side airbags and remote central locking.

Furthermore, the revised Aygo range is fitted with a new Toyota Optimal Drive three-cylinder petrol engine. The one-litre VVT-i engine, Toyota says, produces 102g/km of CO2 emissions, while consuming an average of 4.6 litres/100km of fuel.

All models are fitted with Toyota’s microdot system.

A four-year or 60 000km service plan is standard, along with a three-year or 100 000km warranty and 24-hour roadside assistance.

PRICES:
Fresh three-door  -  R111 900
Fresh five-door  -  R118 100
Wild three-door  -  R121 200
Wild five-door  -  R127 400
Inferno five-door  -  R135 100

Comments
  • Tandas - 2012-05-10 12:54

    Bit pricey for a disposable car... Tata and the Chinanians have cheaper options... The whole point behind disposable cars is to just leave it where it breaks down and walk away feeling you haven’t wasted too much money and then move on to the next disposable car, hence the cheaper prices for what is essentially a can with 4 wheels… But we all know the Toyota badge adds about R15K-20K, which is really worthless if you decide to dispose of the little thingy when you ding it or it give up with its little scooter engine. But I guess you can take the badge as a souvenir…

      Thando - 2012-05-10 13:25

      Yeah , except I don't think this will break down...

      shaunisaac.malambo - 2012-05-12 19:48

      I think it will break the bank... - Cheers

  • Tandas - 2012-05-10 13:01

    The models are named 'Fresh', 'Wild' and the best one 'Inferno'... WOW!!! And then you realise they refer to a 1L engine with 14" mags... It should have been "1", "1.1" and "1.2"... Out of 10... Well done to the author for trying to spice it up a bit... But really it is a piece of 5#!T...

  • ivan.vandermerwe.10 - 2012-05-10 16:58

    Wouldnt buy one if it was the last car on earth.

  • shaunisaac.malambo - 2012-05-10 20:28

    I saw one in the fastlane in front of me the other day, then suddenly it disappeared off the face of the earth, I think it was on fire...FNose what happened to it...Oh ja now I remember, I overtook it...I remember vaguely, but the difference is it wanted to race with me. It was a really fuzzy feeling on that sunny day... I felt like I was an adult and a 3 months old baby was trying to race me where it should've been crawling...WTF? - Cheers

  • lourens.a.kloppers - 2012-05-11 09:40

    this "fresher" aygo looks to me like just another reason to bump up the price

      dean.m.w.za - 2012-05-17 09:10

      the equivalent 107 and C1 are still cheaper than the Toyota... go figure that one out

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