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Twingo leads revamp for city cars

05 Mar 2014 at 12:54

Several top car producers have simultaneously unveiled new versions of their popular city vehicles.

The Renault Twingo, Peugeot 108, the Citroen C1 and the Toyota Aygo have been moved upmarket with better quality interiors and an exterior design revamp.

Wanting to keep pace with the likes of Volkswagen's acclaimed up! model, all of the car makers have decided to boost cabin ambience, kit and quality.

Peugeot's offering has clearly been influenced by the recently-launched and well-received 308, while Toyota's Aygo sports a particularly dramatic nose.

Citroen's C1 displays styling cues borrowed from the C4 Picasso MPV and radical new C4 Cactus.

Better engines and an improved level of onboard entertainment technology also feature across the cars.

French car maker Renault is shaking up the city car market even further with the third generation of its Twingo model. In a bold move, this latest Twingo adopts a rear engine and rear-wheel drive layout. Engineers believe such a plan will give the car more cabin space and, potentially, a more engaging driving experience.

Styled to compliment the recently-launched Clio supermini and Captur mini SUV, the Twingo is a product of a partnership with Mercedes. The German luxury firm will produce a new ForFour and Fortwo from this Twingo platform.

Powering the Twingo will be a selection of three-cylinder engines. As yet there's no word on pricing or specification.

Copyright Press Association 2014