The first two generations of the Toyota Aygo were developed, designed and manufactured with Peugeot/Citroen, but the next model will be an all Toyota job.
Johan van Zyl, head of Toyota Europe, told Autocar the next generation Aygo will be designed and engineered in Brussels, Belgium, and manufactured in Kolín, the Czech Republic.
The current Aygo is made at the same plant which co-owned by the PSA Group. In 2021 Toyota will buy out PSA’s share of the factory, but will continue making the Peugeot 108 and Citroen C1 until the new Toyota only model is ready.
Toyota has yet confirm when the third generation Aygo will go into production, but the first generation model stayed in production for 9 years, and the current car was launched in 2014.
While other manufacturers, including Ford, Opel/Vauxhall, Peugeot and Citroen, are leaving the A segment, Toyota is committed.
Matt Harrison, executive vice chairman for Toyota Europe, said the Aygo is “profitable business equation for us.” Across Europe Toyota sells around 100,000 Aygos a year.
“I understand other manufacturers have not been able to make a successful business out of [the] A-segment and, with increased technologies, they only see it getting worse. But we see it as an opportunity to go further, not pull back,” Harrison said.