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2014-03-06 10:04

SASSY AYGO: The Toyota Aygo, revealed at the 2014 Geneva auto show. Toyota said, is another example of it's commitment to build better cars that catch the eye and are genuinely fun to drive. Image: Toyota

GENEVA, Switzerland - The new Aygo, revealed at the 2014 Geneva auto show, is "another example of Toyota's commitment to build better cars that catch the eye and are genuinely fun to drive".

Toyota said: "A distinctive and characterful design – dubbed “J-Playful” in reference to Japan’s hip youth culture – and a wealth of customising options show how Toyota has made fun a key element in its new city car."

The Aygo also claims to build on the qualities that made the original such a success - size, agility and reliability with low running costs from its revised one-litre, three-cylinder, VVT-i petrol engine.

Full details of the South African model range and prices will be announced at the launch later in 2014. No month has been specified.


Length has increased by 25mm to 3455mm - still as much a compact as the  previous model, and although front headroom has been increased by 7mm, vehicle height has been reduced by 5mm to 1460mm, supporting the vehicle's aerodynamic efficiency. Track, front and rear, has been widened by 8mm.

The roof has been lowered and the front header moved forwards. Toyota says, the cabin’s "centre of gravity" also shifts to the front, creating a more balanced and forward-leaning posture. This is emphasised by a sloping belt line which terminates in the forward-leaning rear light clusters. The roof has a new pagoda-style profile and rear spoiler.

The shape of the centre console – trapezoidal – sets the theme for Aygo’s cabin and is repeated in details such as the air vents, door trim and gear lever. The console supports a wide facia with an anti-glare finish, set between slim A pillars.

The wheelbase is unchanged at 2340mm, the cabin longer by 9mm. Wider armrests also improve comfort. There’s 29 litres more room for luggage.

The Aygo will be available with Toyota’s new X-touch multimedia system and 18cm touchscreen. Toyota said: "It’s the first vehicle in its segment to come with a rear-view camera as standard."
The Aygo will be offered with a five-speed manual transmission, though some markets will get the optional new X-shift, an automated manual transmission that can be used in fully automatic mode, or with manual gear selection using paddle shifts or the gear lever.

Fuel consumption of about 4.4 litres/100km brings CO2 emissions down to 95g/km, below the 100g/km SA taxation level.

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