The new 2019 Toyota Aygo is clearly just Darth Vader’s’ car.
For those of us here in North America, the smallest car that Toyota makes is the Yaris. It’s a fine, tiny hatchback that can get you from your home to the grocery store and back in a reasonable amount of time, and it can putter down the highway with only the minimal struggle of reaching 65 mph.
But for the forgotten continents of Europe and Asia, Toyota sells an even smaller car: the Aygo. And the latest version of the Aygo is quite clearly based on the design of Darth Vader’s helmet.
As soon as you see the giant inverted V that comprises the Aygo’s front grille you can already hear the heavy mechanical breathing of the Sith Lord himself. The fog lights in the corner seem to directly line up with the silvered edges of the mouth-like vent, and even the Toyota symbol in the center matches the nose-thing on Vader’s helmet.
The Aygo would not be the first car to be inspired by the Emperor’s right-hand man. In an interview with Autoblog, Ford design manager Melvin Betancourt admitted that Vader was the inspiration for the Mustang's front fascia:
"The angled nostrils and contours of Darth Vader's mask became the inspiration for the Mustang's new fog lamp scoops and front-end shape."
There’s also the actual supercar that’s simply called “Darth Vader’s Car”, a 500 hp monstrosity that is even more obviously based on Darth Vader’s helmet than either of the previous two examples.
But back to the Aygo. The new car remains largely the same, but with wider headlights, lightning-bolt LEDs for the taillights, additional sound absorption material, and some tweaks to the engine to give it just a wee bit more power. The original 1.0-L 3-cylinder engine now puts out 71 hp from 68, but loses 1 lb-ft of torque in the process.
The Aygo makes its world debut at the Geneva auto show, but will not be coming to North America. Probably for the best, since we really don’t need any more evil influences over here.