Toyota’s top manager has denied reports that the new Aygo will become an electric car. According to Harrison, a subcompact electric model will inevitably be expensive, which will scare away the target audience. The specialist explained that the third generation Aygo will be developed with an eye to possible electrification, but first a version with a light and inexpensive internal combustion engine will enter the market.
Toyota is not afraid of toughening the environmental standard and fines from European regulatory authorities – according to Harrison’s calculations, the Japanese company will be able to meet the standard for average carbon dioxide emissions due to the large number of hybrids. At the same time, by 2021, three “clean” Toyota electric cars are planned to be launched on the European market.