Peugeot, Citroen and Toyota will reveal this trio of radical £5500 ‘people’s cars’ at next year’s Geneva Motor Show.
The no-frills hatchbacks, funded by a £1bn co-operation, will attempt to break the mould of affordable cars by matching low-cost 70mpg motoring with stylish looks and big-car safety – a mix rarely achieved in low-cost, small cars.
‘These are cars that must be cheap and available to all people while preserving much of the equipment usually available today,’ said an insider.
Peugeot’s hatch (above) will replace the 106 and be called the 107. Citroën’s C1 (right) will be positioned below the C2 and Toyota’s below the Yaris, although at launch it will overlap with it. The next Yaris will grow in size when it is launched in late 2007.
Being developed under the code-name B Zero – a reference to the city car or ‘sub-B’ segment – all three cars are engineered by Toyota. They will share a common platform and some body panels to keep costs down, but each will have different styling and driving dynamics.