TOKYO -- Toyota Motor Corp.'s latest compact car, the Porte, derives its name from the French word for its most significant feature: its door.
Much like the Peugeot 1007, the Porte's passenger door automatically slides open to create an entrance measuring 1002mm by 1265mm. That is large enough for a parent and child to walk through together, Toyota says.
Toyota plans to sell it only in Japan at prices starting at ¥1.69 million (currently about E12,500).
It is based on the same platform as the Yaris small-segment car, making it a possible candidate for production at Toyota's plant in Valenciennes, France.
The Porte's wide-opening door is only on the passenger side. It has a standard driver's side door. The Peugeot 1007 has automatic sliding doors on both sides.