A city car, Toyota Aygo was first launched in 2005 in Europe. The production of the Aygo is carried out in a new factory which is joint venture of Toyota Peugeot Citroen Automobile Czech (TPCA) in Kolin, Czech Republic. The car made its first appearance in 2005 at the Geneva International Motor Show. As far as name is concerned, the term ‘Aygo’ is derived from ‘I-go’ stands for freedom and mobility.
On July 21, 2001, the president of Toyota and PSA Peugeot Citroen, Fujio Cho and Jean Martin Folz reached to an agreement of producing a small car so as to share the development costs. The project was given the name B-Zero. This joint venture resulted in the production of Aygo. Later we have seen the rebadged version of the same car in the form of Peugeot 107 and Citroen C1
The price set for the Toyota Ayga is €8,500/£6,845. There are a number of different factors that help distinguishing the Aygo from its siblings such as interior equipment, badges, logos, and above all the rear end of the car which is much more prominent. It was decided to produce 200,000 units annually so as to produce 100,000 units per brand. The car went on sale in July 2005 and both three- and five-door hatchback offered. The Aygo is available with two engine versions, i.e. a 1.0-L three-cylinder engine rated at 68 bhp (51 kW), and a 1.4-L HDi diesel I4 engine rated at 54 bhp (40 kW).
In start if 2010, Toyota recalled the Aygo for being having a faulty sticking accelerator pedal. According to the reports, the pedal didn’t operate normally in certain conditions and remained in a depressed position or move slowly to get back to normal position. All the models built between 2005 and 2009 could have this issue. The recall not only affected the Aygo itself but also its counterparts like Peugeot and Citroen. Toyota made this thing clear later that the problem is mainly with the models with automatic transmission and there is no issue with models having manual transmission.
“Aygo Crazy” Concept
Toyota came up with a drivable one-off concept in 2008 which is based on the Aygo platform. Toyota named this concept car as Aygo Crazy and it appeared before public for the first time at British International Motor Show held in London in2008.
The Aygo Crazy is powered by a rear mounted 1.8-L VVT-i engine shared with Toyota MR2 and Celica paired to MR2 five-speed gearbox and equipped with a Toyota Motorsport turbocharger conversion. According to the company, the engine can generate an impressive 197 bhp (147 kW) at 6700 rpm and torque of 240 Nm (177 lb-ft) at 3400 rpm.
Toyota asserts that it cost £100,000 to build this Aygo Crazy car.