Toyota Aygo gets a three-star rating at the Euro NCAP crash tests

Article by Christian A., on December 21, 2012

A three-star rating was given to the Toyota Aygo and its sister cars, the Peugeot 107 and Citroen C1, in the most recent round of Euro NCAP crash tests. The existing model is a facelifted version of a car that initially got four stars when it was released in 2005 but it’s believed that these cars had a poor performance because Toyota didn’t implement the newest developments in passenger safety.

The Aygo earned three stars since it only tested with a certain number of extra items, which are not presently available, which Toyota has promised to carry over to cars starting in July 2013. Without these features, these cars would have scored much worse. These features include the side thorax airbags, side head curtain airbags, electronic stability control, passenger seatbelt reminder and ISOFIX rear outboard seats.

Dr Michiel Van Ratingen, Euro NCAP secretary general, said that its test protocols have been subjected to significant modifications over the last few years. He added that these several automakers continue to have top-sellers even without implementing the required safety updates.

Latest Toyota Aygo provides A-segment clients with the best mix of driving exhilaration and interior roominess in a smallest possible package. With a length of 3,430 millimeters, it is merely 15 millimeters longer than the former Aygo. However, its short overhangs (front and rear), a long wheelbase at 2,340 millimeters, and broad width at 1,615 millimeters result to a spacious interior while providing the Aygo with a strong stance, very responsive handling, and small turning circle of 4.73 meters for exceptional urban maneuverability.

The brand new Aygo highlights a more dynamic and stronger front appearance while keeping the charm and sense of friendliness and fun that are inherent in the styling of the current model. It also blends engine cooling and aerodynamic features with Toyota’s Under Priority design platform.

With Under Priority, the unique face of Toyota’s new generation is established by enlarging the lower grille for emphasis and to focus the viewer’s attention on the lower half of the vehicle. These details create a distinctive and a more aggressive appearance.

To house the big, trapezoid-shaped radiator air intake, the Aygo is designed with a widened front bumper with integral fog lamps located at the extremities. This design modification gives the car a superior road presence and wide stance.

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