• Feb 13, 2008
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Unlike the Dodge Challenger Midwest Regional Auto Show, Geneva's shaping up to be bursting with new-car debuts. Toyota will be in the thick of it, showing off the production-spec version of the iQ microcar, which the automaker debuted as a concept last year in Frankfurt and will be heading to the European market. The little runabout measures just under 3 meters in length, and it should be as wide and tall as a Yaris, if the iQ concept is an indication. As a basis of comparison, the smart fortwo is 2.5 m long. Unlike the smart, the iQ has seating for three adults plus a child or additional cargo. (And hey, depending on your darling little one's mood, he/she might seem more like baggage on some journeys anyway.) Over at AutoblogGreen, Sam suggests that the iQ could get a 1.0L engine with stop/start functionality. Whatever the company sticks underhood, we do know this: the iQ will go into production at the end of this year.

2009 Toyota Urban CruiserJoining the iQ will be the Urban Cruiser, which appears to be little more than a jacked-up Toyota ist (Scion xD). Earlier reports said that it would borrow styling cues from the 2006 Urban Cruiser concept, but clearly the only thing the production ride cribbed is the show car's name. Toyota hasn't released tech specs for either the iQ or Urban Cruiser yet, and we'll bring you all the news from Geneva as it happens early next month. It's worth noting that the JDM ist is available with optional 4WD, which would be in keeping with the Urban Cruiser's SUVish stance.

[Source: Toyota]


PRESS RELEASE:

SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL FOR TOYOTA AT GENEVA

KEY POINTS

* World premiere of production-ready Toyota iQ at the Geneva Motor Show
* European debut of new Urban Cruiser SUV

Toyota is thinking big by creating a new generation of small cars designed to address the demands of modern motoring and the preferences of today's drivers. Two new models will take centre stage at the Geneva Motor Show.

Toyota iQ
First shown as a concept car at last year's Frankfurt Motor Show, iQ is appearing for the first time as a market-ready design, ahead of production starting towards the end of this year. Although measuring less than three metres long, this compact urban vehicle can carry three people in comfort, with room to spare to accommodate a child or carry luggage.

The ingenious design was created by bringing together six linked, space-saving engineering innovations that mark a revolution in Toyota's vehicle development. iQ is rich in Japanese design elements and signals a radical shift away from the belief that small cars, although kinder to the environment, are inherently basic and less safe.

Urban Cruiser
Toyota is extending its sports utility vehicle range into the small car segment with its new Urban Cruiser.

Presented for the first time in Europe, it is an environmentally responsible SUV aimed at the market for urban all-road vehicles and meeting motorists' priorities for low fuel consumption and emissions.

In addition, Toyota will display its latest advances in creating urban environmental transport solutions, including a Plug-in Hybrid prototype and two concept cars: the Toyota 1/X Plug-in Hybrid concept in combination with Flexible Fuel Vehicle (FFV) technology, and the i-Real personal mobility concept.

More information will be provided at the Toyota Motor Show press conference to be held on 4 March at 2.15pm in Hall 4.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      Dang. As with virtually every other flawless concept study, the 'REAL' production model seems to have been neutered of all its awesome looking sharp styling. Melted edges, soft rounded shapes give this new iQ no style lead that the concept had. Duh.

      That said, I'm still REALLY hoping this comes to The States. I've got a smart on order, but in honesty, I'm not convinced there isn't better. From potentially better mpg, to the brilliance of occasional seating for 3, the iQ seems to be a very cool car. I'd buy one as long as it doesn't look any more wilted when they produce it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Interesting. I hated the styling of the concept. A front end that even a mother might not love. Very glad that they gave it something presentable for the nose.
      • 6 Years Ago
      1000cc is similar to 600 how?

      On another note, the iQ looks like a rolling Storm Trooper helmet. I would totally drive one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The final obituary for the "smart" fortwo. smart -a car which was revolutionary in 1998. Now we know why no other auto mfg. wanted to buy smart from the dark star. The IQ will meet the needs of many who need to occasionally carry more than one passenger. I think it will be FWD which is a whole lot smarter than the rear/mid(?) engine, smart layout for both handling & vehicle stability . It should have a cvt and there is no doubt that it will ride better than any smart car. The torch is passed.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That'd be a good Scion. It seems to have more spunky styling than the Yaris.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think there was talk of bringing over a sub-Yaris. Perhaps the iQ will come over as the a Scion xA?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow! That urban cruiser has a nice copy of an Acura MDX front-end. Toyota originality - moving in some direction or backwards.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think you mean RDX ! And yes, absolutely.
      • 6 Years Ago
      So, is there any indication that the iQ will be sold in the US?

      Frankly, I wish Japanese auto makers could (or would) import kei cars to the US. Some of those little buggers are kick ass. I drove a Honda Beat and a Suzuki Cappuccino when I was living in Japan and they were great cars.

      For those that don't know:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honda_Beat
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suzuki_Cappuccino
        • 6 Years Ago
        Much as I'd love a kei car, that 600cc size limit would be a real hard sell here.

        Personally, I think they'd make a great choice as urban runabouts. Most people don't use more than 60hp anyways, and there's a certain simplicity (no expensive injection or emissions system like a diesel would have, no hybrid drive) to them that many would find appealing.

        I'd certainly buy one, if for no other reason than it'd be good to have during the one-third of the year the bicycling doesn't work.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Wow, thanks for the links. My only question is how can I import one of those here! Just the right size and finally something with a reasonable weight for a sporty car. I'd take one with or without the engine, don't care. Would be just fine with 60hp, but even more fun with a transplant of some sort...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Exactly: one of the cleverest concepts taken and turned into something tawdry and very ordinary. Pity!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Both look like something already done. iQ=fortwo and the Urban Cruiser just looks like an updated xB.

      yay for being Capt. Obvious. =D
      • 6 Years Ago
      DEATH TRAP and its a TOYOTA which means its a POS!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ironic how Autoblog Green would contact Toyota regarding the Toyota Urban Cruiser, and *NOT* the iQ (which is obviously the
      greener one of the two).

      Having that said, I'd really like to either see the iQ hit the States...
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