AUTO NEWS – ‘It’s heartening to see Toyota attempt one thing totally different with the Aygo X’

‘It’s heartening to see Toyota attempt one thing totally different with the Aygo X’

We’re large followers of small vehicles right here at Auto Categorical. They’re massive sufficient for almost all of use circumstances, they’re typically extra economical and so they’re usually among the many least expensive new vehicles you may get onto your driveway. Small surprise that producers name them “entry factors” to their wider ranges.

That’s not as true at present because it was 5 years in the past, thoughts. Ever-tightening emissions guidelines and the fixed push for extra security package have priced many manufacturers out of town automobile market altogether. Vauxhall, Ford and Renault don’t promote vehicles smaller than superminis, for instance; Citroen and Peugeot are about to go the identical method.

So it’s heartening to see Toyota making an attempt one thing a bit totally different with its new Aygo X – not simply by giving it a cool new look that makes it the primary child crossover of its kind, but additionally by its choice to stay with typical petrol energy. 

What’s actually being performed out right here – some manufacturers axing their metropolis vehicles, and others sticking with the style – is a sport of cat and mouse on fleet CO2 emissions, and the potential penalties for lacking targets. It’s no coincidence that firms with sturdy, effectively established hybrid and/or pure-electric programmes are extra able to “take successful” on cheaper fashions, that are more durable to make clear whereas nonetheless making a revenue.

Hyundai and Kia, each large EV gamers, can afford to promote metropolis vehicles with common energy. Toyota, which has “self-charging” hybrids throughout a lot of its common vary, thinks it might probably do the identical. How lengthy that is still the case will most likely be all the way down to European Union guidelines on emissions, greater than it’ll the tastes of shoppers. 

For hundreds of patrons, metropolis vehicles are one of the best, possibly even the one, method into a brand new automobile. So for so long as they’ll nonetheless be purchased for even rather less than superminis, we should always have a good time the Aygo X and its rivals. And luxuriate in their shrink-wrapped mixture of enjoyable, model and petrol energy.  

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AUTO NEWS – ‘It’s heartening to see Toyota attempt one thing totally different with the Aygo X’


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