Toyota confirms it’s building a new city car

Published: 03 March 2021

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Toyota has made it official – it’s building a new city car replacement for the Aygo in Europe. The new model will use the brand’s TNGA architecture – specifically the GA-B platform used by the latest Yaris.

Given other manufacturers are slowly killing off their city cars (Ford’s Ka+ and Vauxhall’s Viva are long dead) or having to shoehorn in electric powertrains to make them emissions-compliant (like the VW Up/Seat Mii/Skoda Citigo trio), Toyota’s heavy reliance on hybrids means its CO2 fleet average is low enough to be able to still maintain a combustion-engined city car. Toyota says choice of powertrain and accessibility for the new model are key to its success.

toyota TNGA

Matt Harrison, executive vice president of Toyota Europe, told CAR: ‘It will remain the entry point into the Toyota brand, and it will remain very accessible. This car is combustion-engined, but in a new and exciting way.’ Given the platform’s ability to house hybrid powertrains in the Yaris, don’t rule out an electrified-but-not-electric engine variant.

aygo spy shot rear

Spy shots of the new Aygo replacement have been around for months, so Toyota’s official announcement isn’t exactly earth-shattering. Those images show rounded edges to the front fascia like the Yaris Cross, and a soft-top roof – implying there’ll still be a roll-top version to compete with the electric Fiat 500.

It’s also worth pointing out that Toyota bought out Citroen and Peugeot’s share of the plant that builds the current Aygo/C1/108 trio in Czechia, implying that there won’t be a replacement for the Citroen and Peugeot models in their current form.

Stay tuned for more info.

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By Jake Groves

CAR's deputy news editor, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches

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