The first of the new Toyota Aygo models have started to roll off the production line at the factory in Kolin, in the Czech Republic.
The Kolin plant has been making the Toyota Aygo, together with Peugeot 108 and Citroën C1, since 2005. Now the second generation Toyota AYGO, along with its PSA siblings, has gone into production.
The production of the new compact city car marks a new phase in the life of Toyota Peugeot Citroen Automobiles (TPCA). The investment for the three new models’ introduction was more than 6 billion crowns and offered an additional 700 new jobs.
Kent Koide, president of TPCA quoted: “A new phase in the life of TPCA starts today. I believe it will be as successful as the previous one, during which we produced almost 2.4 million high quality compact city cars. We expect that our traditional markets in both Western and Eastern Europe will be particularly interested in the new car”.
Currently, approximately 300 vehicles roll off the production line at TPCA per day at a line speed of one car every 55 seconds.
As early as next week, this output will be increased to more than 700 cars a day and by the beginning of June, the plant’s capacity of more than 1,000 cars per day will be reached. TPCA plans to produce over 210,000 vehicles per year. Toyota plans an annual sales target of over 80,000 units in 2015, with an estimated market share of 6%.
The new Aygo celebrated its World Premiere at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. From an iconic new frontal ‘X’ design to its range of customisation options, all styling and engineering decisions for Toyota’s new A-segment contender were purposefully made with fun in mind. The line-up consists of 3 grades and 3 special editions, which will be updated on an annual basis.
Both the interior and the exterior of new AYGO have been conceived to allow a wide variety of different executions. More than 10 parts around the vehicle can be easily replaced by alternative colours and executions, within a limited amount of time, even after several years of ownership.
The engine line-up features an improved version of Toyota’s award winning 3-cylinder, 1.0 litre VVT-I petrol engine and can be combined with a manual transmission or the ‘x-shift’ automated manual transmission It delivers a class leading fuel economy of just 3.8l/100km and CO2 emissions of only 88 g/km.
The new Aygo will be available across Europe as from summer 2014.