JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – If South Africans have grown accustomed to the concept of “together but apart” over the past year then a joint-mobility venture that will reunite families, fun, and value has arrived.
It’s the Toyota Aygo, the latest renaming and repositioning of Toyota SA’s entry-level cars.
Following the forging of successful partnerships with several automotive brands across a range of vehicle classes over the past few years, Toyota SA has announced its latest collaboration – this time with wholly-owned subsidiary automaker Daihatsu.
(…and several other brands. – Editor)
The target? More sales in the base models (read small cars) A-segment.
”The Agya,” Toyota SA says, ”shares its underpinnings with the Daihatsu Ayla – a five-door urban hatchback with generous interior space in a compact exterior (first introduced in 2013). The name Ayla is Sanskrit for “light”, while “Agya” translates to “fast.”
Anyway, we were told when the Aygo was launched that it translated colloquially to i-Go.
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As a direct replacement for the Aygo (Ay-Gone?), the Agya competes in a fiercely fought segment where value and Rands-per-feature matter most. Toyota says ”it’s aimed at discerning, budget-conscious, first-time buyers” which comes with anti-lock brakes, 14” alloy wheel rims, driver and front passenger crash-mitigation bags, and the option of an auto gearbox.
The front bumper has what Toyota describes as ”a three-dimensional design for an assertive, sporty, look and a wide stance enhanced by upward-curving projector headlights, each lens doubling as a magnifying glass to increase light intensity.
A SHORT HISTORY LESSON…
The Toyota Aygo is a city car sold by Toyota in Europe since 2005. It is build alongside the related Citroen C1 and Peugeot 107/108 at the Toyota Peugeot Citroen Automobile Czech (TPCA) in Koln in the Czech Republic. The name Aygo comes from ”i-go, symbolising freedom and mobility. Body style: three- or five-door hatchback.
Also called: Citroën C1; Peugeot 107 (2005–2014); Peugeot 108 (2014–present)Class: City car
Toyota Aygo – Wikipediaen.wikipedia.org › wiki › Toyota_A
The door releases and external power-retracting mirrors, each home to a turn indicator, are colour-coded and the rear has a roof spoiler and diode tail lights.
The dashboard is described as a floating unit that allows for extra space around the typical placement of the transmission tunnel (present although the car is front-wheel drive) to accommodate two cupholders ahead of the gearshifter (that could be interesting if driver and passenger reach together…!).
The cabin ambiance uses silver and black plastics and ”hard wearing” upholstery with a touch of polyurethane for the shifter and steering-wheel. The instrument panel uses graphics and there’s a rev counter alongside the speedometer.
You’ll have to pay extra for an audio system though aircon, a ”multi-information display”, power windows and a 12V socket are present.
Every Agya (in SA, at least) will ride on black 14” alloy rims shod with 175/65 tyres though the spare is money-saving steel) and the bumps will be ironed out thanks to front McPherson struts and a rear torsion-beam axle.
The Agya’s three-cylinder, 998cc, fuel-injected, petrol engine makes 49kW at 6000rpm and peak torque of 89Nm at 4400rpm to spin either a five-speed manual transmission or four-speed auto – the former claiming 4.8 litres/100km and 100km/h in 14.6sec.
Top speed – respectable for such a small engine! – is claimed to be 165km/h for the manual ‘box, 16.3 sec/145km/h for the auto.
Glenn Crompton, Toyota SA’s marketing boss, told The Corner in a media release: “The new Agya is a no-nonsense value proposition that’s focused on delivering the best value to budget-conscious customers” though all versions are prepared for extra-cost installation of Toyota Connect wi-fi through which the driver can make service bookings, retrieve vehicle usage information (logbook), renew the vehicle’s licence, review tracking data, or request roadside assistance.
In partnership with Vodacom, owners can use a streaming service to Toyota Connect; MyEntertainment. ”Packaged under MyEntertainment,” Toyota SA says, ”are video and music streaming services.” (Ask your dealer to explain the services and their benefits. – Ed)
..AND SO TO THE PRICES
Toyota Agya – R178 600
Toyota Agya a/t – R192 500
Toyota Agya (with audio) – R182 400
Toyota Agya a/t (with audio) – R196 300
Each Agya will be delivered with a two-services/20 000km service plan and a three-year or 100 000km warranty*.
Additional service plans/warranties are available.
*Whichever comes first.