Vince Pornelos / Toyota Indonesia | July 24, 2013 23:20
Daihatsu-based city car to take on the Mirage
It seems Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation won't take the success of the Mirage sitting down as we have just received a report that TMPC will be coming out with the Agya 5-door mini hatchback.
The car is essentially a rebadged/restyled Daihatsu Ayla (Toyota does own Daihatsu) and will be positioned to directly take on the Mitsubishi Mirage. The Agya measures 3600mm long, 1600mm wide and 1520mm tall, and is powered by a 1.0 liter 1KR-FE 3-cylinder engine (shared with the Ayla, 67 PS or 71 PS) and uses the same platform as the Toyota Aygo found in other markets.
The name 'Agya' was reportedly derived from the Sanskrit word for 'fast', and was initially revealed at last year's Indonesian International Motor Show. Indonesia is also the place of the Agya's manufacture, meaning it will be covered by the ASEAN free trade agreement when it is exported here, same as Thai-made models.
A left-hand drive example of the car is reported to be already in TMPC's facility in Laguna and is being kept quite a secret. It's undergoing local testing, including a drive to see if the 1.0-liter hatchback can make it to Baguio. It did, according to our source.
The report regarding the Agya follows after TMPC's launch of the new Vios to the market. Here's the interesting bit, as the source states that Toyota is planning to launch the car before the year is out, sometime near the Corolla Altis's own debut.
It seems a little quick but given Toyota's financial might in the Philippines as the number one automaker with 11 consecutive Triple Crowns, we really won't be surprised if the Agya makes it by December.