• Sep 20, 2006
Why you ask? They already have the Yaris taking care of the B-segment market, why on earth would they want to import something even smaller? One word: SMART.

According to Inside Line's sources, Toyota may bring the Aygo, already a popular city-car in Europe, over to the U.S. in two-door form to battle the SMART by DaimlerChrysler. Even though D.C.'s mini-mobile hasn't even hit our shores and proven itself in a viable segment, Toyota may be expecting a blockbuster and doesn't want to be left out in the cold when a possible contender is waiting in the wings.

If Toyota does decide to bring a 'micro' to the States, expect it in 2008, along with the possibility of competition from the usual suspects, Honda, Nissan and Subaru.

[Source: Edmunds' Inside Line]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      I hope Toyota will add Aygo in US.
      It's a lovely car.

      http://www.auto-power-girl.com/
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Example: The Corolla and Yaris get the same fuel economy"

      Corolla
      Yaris
      Aygo

      Why did we actually make Scion again?
      • 8 Years Ago
      For a perfect demonstration of the 90 degree flat faced rear end, "KAMM Effect", you only need to look at the rear end of the 2002 VW concept car, that used a 1 litre diesel 1 cylinder motor to coax out a silly mileage figure of 296 MPG - http://www.canadiandriver.com/news/02images/vw1litre2.jpg

      I've got a fully enclosed sidecar on my motorcycle, with a similar design element on the rear end - wind tunnel designed for maximum drag co-efficent. http://www.chairintheair.ca/img/sidecar-done-5med.jpg

      The 1990's Corvettes rear end was designed for similar effect.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "If Toyota does decide to bring a 'micro' to the States, expect it in 2008, along with the possibility of competition from the usual suspects, Honda, Nissan and Subaru".

      And don't forget the leading Japanese micro/Kei car maker..Suzuki.(C'mon Swift!!...)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Well, looks better than the Prius at least.

      In this case, now there is no doubt that Ford would be allowed to bring the Ka, if they ever want to do so.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks better than the Smart.
      Jay
      • 8 Years Ago
      Bottom Line: How small is safe enough to take the HIT? The mentality of bigger is better has got to evolve if we we are going to grow up and be efficient, eco-friendly citizens of the city & beyond. How do you like your air..this is a value system play on what do people view as COOL or HIP as well as what the public aspires to become? Perhaps, this FAT, Diabetic, Nomadic, FatherLESS, american society will wake up upon their walk and become a better and safer place to live. I leave with every passing minute is another chance to turn it all around in this brilliant journey of self awakening :)

      • 8 Years Ago
      #8, the new Camry has a .28. A wide range of factors affect cD, but a flat rear does not help.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drag_coefficient
      • 8 Years Ago
      Good points No. 5! I think you make sense.

      Just as a side note, awhile back GM said that they were going to be paying attention to how smart was received here in the States. If other competitors come and are met with some success, the word out of GM was that they'd import the next generation of the Chevy Matiz (whatever it will be called or look like). The Matiz was recently redesigned and has done well for Chevy in Europe thanks to it's price -- I wonder if GM could convince the UAW to allow them to imoprt the car if they did in fact need to fill that segment?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Fifth Gear did a 3-car comparo, and picked the Toyota Aygo as the best small car, good fun handling, and stylish.
      I think it looks like a cat, complete with whiskers.
      This car should be a hit in cities like New York and San Francisco.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hey i like compact cars, but when they begin to become the size of a coffin, i think i'll say no to that one.. I love the civic si, VW GTI, wrx.. that's a compact car.. this is a coffin.. lol
      • 8 Years Ago
      Michael F: "the average American" (you?) can buy trucks and big SUV's. The rest of us can fit quite comfortably in an Aygo.
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