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2009 Toyota Aygo

The Toyota Aygo has been revised for 2009 and it gains lower emissions and improved economy.

When the Aygo was first launched in 2005, it produced 109g/km of CO2. By early 2008, this figure had been reduced to 108g/km and for the 2009 Aygo it has fallen even further, to 106g/km. This equates to a combined cycle fuel consumption of 62.8mpg.

Toyota’s three-cylinder 1.0-litre VVT-i petrol engine, a category winner in the International Engine of the Year awards in 2007 and 2008, now benefits from the application of Toyota Optimal Drive, a raft of technologies that deliver greater efficiency, improved performance and lower emissions.

The engineering improvements that reduce the emissions include a new cut-off system that saves fuel during gear changes and the adoption of low viscosity oil for less engine resistance.

With its all-aluminium construction, the 1.0-litre VVT-i is the lightest internal combustion engine on the market, weighing just 67kg. It is also the most powerful in the A-segment, producing 67bhp (68 DIN hp), and it delivers class-leading torque of 93Nm at 3,600rpm.

To provide better driveability in urban traffic, the development team worked to ensure strong torque at low to medium engine speeds by optimising the intake system, setting the appropriate manifold length and giving the intake ports a smaller diameter. The three-cylinder configuration also promotes the availability of torque in the low to mid-range, with less “metal” to move at lower speeds.

Consumption has improved from 61.4 to 62.8mpg in combined cycle driving with five-speed manual transmission (the figure is unchanged for versions with the MultiMode gearbox at 61.4mpg).

The revised Aygo range includes two new feature models, Aygo Blue and Aygo Black, with exclusive equipment specifications, plus the established Aygo and Aygo+, in three and five-door body styles. All are powered by the Engine of the Year class-winning 1.0-litre VVT-i petrol unit, with five-speed manual or MultiMode transmission.

The Aygo Blue has Bluetooth, air conditioning and exclusive Cayman Blue metallic paint finish. The Aygo Black has 14-inch alloys, Alcantara and leather trim and exclusive black metallic paint finish.

More than 100,000 Aygos are sold each year in Europe, and market indicators suggest Aygo is well-positioned to benefit from a trend for car owners to downsize: the A-segment is expected to grow from 4.7 to 7.0 per cent of total European car sales by 2010, growth powered in part by the wider adoption of emissions-based tax plans.

It’s a car with big appeal for younger drivers, and it has attracted a large number of women drivers, too, who account for 68 per cent of European sales.

The 2009 Aygo is on sale now and costs from just £7,040, and its Band B Vehicle Excise Duty is only £35 per year.