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First fruits of PSA/Toyota small car project

These three small cars are the results of a joint project between PSA Peugeot Citroen and Toyota to design small cars off a shared platform.

The Toyota Aygo, Peugeot 107 and Citroen C1 will be built at a purpose-built factory in the Czech Republic, following an agreement by the two companies to work on a new small car in 2001. Fitting in their respective ranges below the Toyota Yaris, Peugeot 206 and Citroen C2 and C3, the cars will feature 1.0-litre petrol and 1.4-litre diesel engines.

The project confirms Toyota’s desire to produce more European focused cars for the European market, which began with the Yaris (designed by a European team) and followed with the latest Corolla and Avensis (both designed and built in Europe).

The Peugeot 107 and Citroen C1 have almost identical dimensions, while the Toyota Aygo is a little more compact on the outside.

They share a number of structural components, parts and sub-assemblies, but each have separate bodies that reflect the styling of the individual brands.

The new plant will have an annual capacity of 300,000 units – 200,000 for Peugeot and Citroen and 100,000 for Toyota. The cars will go on sale during 2005.

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