October 29, 2004 No sooner had we written up the newly announced Peugeot 1007 with its clever sliding doors and space efficient design, than Toyota actually put a very similar vehicle on the showroom floor in Japan.

The new Porte is a compact car with a wireless remote-controlled electric sliding door on the passenger side - slightly different from the two-door Peugeot, but with the same reconfigurable seating concept.

The Porte is slightly larger than the 1007 and with the option of a 1.3 or 1.5 litre motor and four-speed automatic transmission, the car is apparently only destined for the Japanese domestic market.