Daihatsu has introduced its new small car Ayla and its twin Toyota Agya at the 2012 Indonesia International Motor Show (IIMS) in Jakarta. A 5-door hatchback, the Daihatsu Ayla is designed and built specifically for the Indonesian market concentrating on mileage, space and affordability. The Ayla and Agya have been partly derived from the Daihatsu A-Concept which was introduced at the Indonesia Motor Show last year and also the Daihatsu Mira e:S. Daihatsu will build and supply the Agya to Toyota as part of their long existing OEM agreement. However, the Toyota Agya will target a higher market featuring a TRD S variant comprising of front and rear aprons, side skirts, alloy wheels and airbags. It will also be sporting a different front and grille design.
Considering the technical specifications, the Daihatsu Ayla and Toyota Agya will be powered by a 1-litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine which will return a peak power output of 65 HP at 6000 RPM and a maximum torque of 87 Nm at 3600 RPM. The engine will be mated to a 5-speed manual transmission and will even have the option of a 4-speed automatic transmission. The small car will measure a little above 3500 mm in length and will have a considerably good ground clearance of 180 mm. The Ayla boasts of a spacious cabin with well built interiors and centre console and will be launched in three variants: D, M and the top-end X variant. The entry level D variant will not feature air-conditioning and audio system, which suggests it is made for a price.
The vehicle planning and development has been carried out by Daihatsu and the manufacturing will be done at the Astra Daihatsu factory in Indonesia, an Indonesian subsidiary of Daihatsu, Japan. Both the Daihatsu Ayla and the Toyota Agya are designed as per the governments Low Cost Green Car policy, which if implemented could qualify these cars with special incentive tax breaks. There is also about 80 percent localization in the manufacturing process, thereby reducing the overall cost of the car.