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Toyota is considering to launch the Aygo in South Africa

Visitors to Auto Africa will be able to witness at first hand the accelerated cooperation now taking place between global motor manufacturers as a means of spreading the high costs of product development and constructing new production facilities.

An example is a car that will be displayed at Auto Africa on the stands of three different companies, with each version having subtle styling differences and varying equipment levels.

On the Citroen stand it will be the C1, on the Peugeot stand the 107 and at Toyota it is called the Aygo.

This sub-B segment city car is the result of a joint venture between Toyota and PSA, the French company that makes and markets Peugeot and Citroen vehicles.

The cars are made in the Czech Republic and most of the components are sourced from European suppliers, with the gearboxes and one-litre Toyota engine coming from Poland.

The 1.4-litre turbo diesel is supplied by PSA. The car comes in both two- and four-door variants.

The initial planned volume for the project was 300 000 units a year, with each brand getting 100 000 of them. Demand in Europe has meant that South Africa has had to wait a couple of years to be allocated some of the increasing production.

Toyota says they have not yet decided whether to launch the Aygo locally and will make use of Auto Africa to research potential customers.

The French manufacturers, Peugeot and Citroen, on the other hand, seem set to bring this compact car to South Africa, with the latter rumoured to be offering both petrol and diesel engine options.

Toyota Aygo
Citroen C1
Peugeot 107 gallery


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