• May 4, 2006


The Toyota Aygo, a diminutive hatchback that has charmed even the power junkies that host Top Gear, achieved 90.17 mpg during the first GreenFleet Fuel Challenge in the U.K. The competition pitted 20 vehicles in various categories against each other to demonstrate the potential environmental and economic benefits of green fleet vehicles. The Aygo and its compatriots were driven 10 laps (32.5 miles) around Silverstone and none were able to beat the green feat of the Aygo and its 1.4L diesel. Economy at this level comes with sacrifice, however, as the Aygo’s 55 bhp tops out at 95 mph and gets passed by snails on its 16.8-second trip to 62 mph.

[Source: WorldCarFans]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      "Maybe in most of the US. Here in DC we actually slow down to an agonizing crawl to merge onto the freeway. Our normal traffic goes an average speed of 18-22 MPH all the way from the outskirts to downtown DC, about 12-20 miles, depending on where you live. That's normal. Congested traffic slows down to an average speed of 8-10 MPH. In this kind of traffic, big/small, fast/slow, 5.5/16.2 0-60 time: none of this matters."

      That is perfect for a hybrid. Though I couldn't live like that. I moved so I could live close enough to walk to work and I never drive during rush hour. Yeah I guess most freeways are like that during rush hour they are like that hear, but the rest of the time, they are usually doing 60-70mph+
      • 8 Years Ago
      ouch. filling up feels like throwing a small TV away.
      or a seat at a playoff game.
      • 8 Years Ago
      # 6 Bernie,
      And this little piece was offered up by none other than John Neff, friend of Toyota and everthing foreign.
      • 8 Years Ago
      A car this small on the interstate with 18 wheelers would be downright dangerous. Unless there are individual lanes for big trucks these cars will never sell here for safty reasons. Conserving fuel is one thing but getting your ass killed is another all together.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Your 2 ton SUV won't do well against a 100,000 lb. 18- wheeler either!....pancake city. How about your 600 lb Harvey barrelling down the interstate at 70. Do you think it would have a chance? What we really need is to get get more of that 50-ton traffic off the interstates and on to the railroad lines where they belong!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm sick of hearing how dangerous US roads are for small cars. Have you looked at the GERMAN license plate on the car in the photo? Have you ever driven on a German Autobahn? They are full of huge trucks (just like the trucks in America) and the speeds are scary. Yes, small cars can be more dangerous on the highway, but they are more dangerous everywhere in the world. The only difference between America and the rest of the world is they have a real choice to downsize if they so choose to. Oh, and by the way, I do put my money where my mouth is . . . in my 2006 Kia Rio5.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I would be truly interested to know what the difference in survivability would be between a 1500 lbs car, a 2500 lbs car, and a 3500 lbs car in a collision with an 80,000 lbs big rig. Somehow I imagine it comparable to the difference between being squashed like an ant or squashed like a beetle.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I would personally like to have a turbo added to up the power significantly and sacrifice some mileage. As for the difference between US gallon vs. Imperial gallon or whatever, the freakin test was done in ENGLAND!!! I think it's somewhat silly to expect every stat about everything to be assumed to be the units used in the US.

      As for having a car with that little acceleration in the US; it would only be dangerous because US drivers are horrible! You can be blind, deaf, and drinking coffee while driving and still get a drivers license here!
      • 6 Years Ago
      If you don't like the looks, or the acceleration, of this car, go to flytheroad.com to see the Venture One. Not available yet, but I am hoping for production by 2010.
      • 8 Years Ago
      DK difference is Germany doesn't have a bunch of illegal aliens driving around without insurance.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I have an Aygo 1.0 Petrol. And I love it!! Living in the city, and driving in the city mainly, I would not want the car to be one bit bigger. Besides, the front i like any other car (leave out those SUV's) regular car. The back seats and the boot is a different story though. Considering the weight of 800 kg, the 67 bhp is plenty enough. I believe the petrol version does 0-60 in 14 something seconds. Only thing is don't love about the car is the hatch which is just too cheaply made, and you feel you are going to break it when you slam it....
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hello??? Diesel/electric HYBRID??? It would combine the great city MPG of the electric (Prius) and the great highway MPG of this small diesel - plus both together would solve the acceleration issue. I don't understand why this hasn't been done yet.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'd buy it. Why doesn't one of the manufacturer's offer up the holy grail in fuel efficiency? I'm talking, of course, about a hybrid diesel-electrice. Add about 200-300 lbs to this thing to make it a "lite" hybrid, and I bet you could get near 100 MPG.

      Did you know that the US, with 4.3% of the world's population, uses 25% of the world's oil? There's really no "Saving" the environment, but at least we can try to use up the resources more slowly.
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