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A version of Toyota's iQ concept, originally shown in Frankfurt, is rumored to begin production sometime next year and according to a couple of sources cited by Automotive News, power will come courtesy of Yamaha. The two Japanese firms are currently collaborating on a new 1.0-liter engine based on one of Yamaha's motorcycle powerplants, although output and fuel economy numbers have yet to be disclosed.

Toyota is expected to produce around 100,000 units, with Europe receiving approximately 80,000 vehicles when sales begin in 2009. Although there's no word on U.S. distribution, the iQ-inspired micro-car may find its way into emerging markets in India and China where low-cost transportation is becoming a booming business.

[Source: Automotive News – Sub. Req.]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Cows will probably fly before we get this Toyota, but I am a BIG fan. Somehow, where Toyota usually styles with the verve of tofu, the iQ seems to have a taught, masculine, techy feel. Pretty hot for such a tight, sneaky little car. I'm on that wait list for the SMART, but honestly, I'm not feeling it. Between the ho-hum 40mpg, the wilted but bloated styling, wierd transmission (yeah, I drove one).. this is Toyota's market to steal. Adding two-ish seats in what looks like the same foot print.. hot! Hope we get it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      yea i'm with you.
      if i can roll down the window and reach back and touch the taillights from sitting behind the wheel.. its too small.
      • 7 Years Ago
      A cross between a Smart car and a Yaris.

      I can't see this car as being necessary.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Just an reminder - iQ is premium small hatchback. It will be priced ABOVE Yaris in Europe.

      It is not an car for "emerging markets". It is exact opposite - expensive small car. Cars for emerging market would be simplified Corolla and Yaris sedan.

      Also, I very much doubt that iQ wont get the lighest engine in the world - 3cly 1.0l 69hp engine going into Aygo and Yaris that won many awards.

      There might be more expensive version done by Yamaha...
      • 7 Years Ago
      But, above all else, what immediately comes to mind for this car?

      (Turbo) 'busa motor, al'la 'busa powered Smart
      • 7 Years Ago
      What, Toyota sees smart losing money every year on a car like this and wants to get in on the fun? I've seen the Aygo. Is it really necessary to go smaller, and is it really possible to go cheaper, than this?
      • 7 Years Ago
      This, and cars like it need to be less expensive to encourage more to adopt them. The Smart is a but too expensive still. I'm just grabbing at a number here, but if 90% of the cars on the road during morning commutes in major cities have just one passenger, what else do you need?
      • 7 Years Ago
      If they can sell this at a _higher_ price point than cars like the Aygo, fine. Not sure how they are going to do that, but that is not my problem.

      The thing about tiny cars is that the production costs don't go down at the same rate as the size. IMO There is going to be a cost floor on production costs for anything that is legally a car and meets all the regs and safety standards, no matter how small it is.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Like the Yaris this was designed in Europe, by Europeans for Europeans. The Yamaha engine should be interesting.
      As spw said, this is not for emerging markets, where small is always perceived as poverty and big is better; and anyway, they need room for kids.

      This is a stunning little car and will compete with the 500 (Fiat) et al. Fiat is also developing a new twin, so the next few years will be very interesting for lovers of fun little cars.