• Jun 9, 2008
Though Toyota already unveiled the production version of its diminutive iQ city car at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show last March, this is the first time anyone has seen the vehicle testing out in the wild. These spy photos of the iQ also give us a good sense of the car's true scale, which is to say that it's really friggin' small. Not MINI small, smart small. Unlike the smart fortwo, the iQ can reportedly carry three people and a child rather than just two adults thanks to its clever 3+1 seating arrangement. We're not sure if anyone but the driver would be comfortable were the iQ filled to capacity, but at least it's possible in a pinch. As you can see, there's virtually no overhang on the front or rear of the iQ, which allows Toyota designers to maximize the space between. Winding Road also reports that the car will feature a unique flat gas tank to save space, thinner seats and smaller heat and air conditioning units. Toyota expects to sell 100,000 units of the iQ in its first year of production, which should start later this year, and while nothing's been confirmed, the Japanese automaker could be eying North America for some of those sales considering our current lust for small, fuel-efficient vehicles.

[Source: Winding Road]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Bring and I will buy it.

      As for the Prius argument:
      That would be dependent on the profit margin (which I understand is quiet slim in the value segment).
      I think that the Fords are loosing money on their
      hybrid(s), is Toyota?

        • 6 Years Ago
        We did have govt backed hydrogen/alternative fuel engine development... its just too bad that when they presented their findings to Bush, he told them to eff off and cut their funding. Smart move.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Depends who you ask. Toyota brought the Prius to market at 21k, products like the Volt are looking to be double that. Rumor is the Japanese government put money into it. Most people believe that because the Prius costs half what it should. Too bad our government didnt get involved in hybrid development for the good of the country. We can afford a war which did not bring oil prices down, nor stabilize the situation, yet we can't help our own people by backing hybrid development, even if they had to do it stealth-like, as the Japanese did, or like this war was started.

        And thats from a Republican.
      • 6 Years Ago
      And now that it costs more than $75 to fill up my GTI, I'm looking at it like it's a pig. Honestly, $115 a week for gas is out of control. I guess we'll all be driving death traps soon enough...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Trust me, I have no problem driving small cars. I've been pretty lucky to have never had an accident in one. I think my smallest car was the infamous Suzuki Swift GT. This IQ would make the Swift look like a AMC Matador...
        • 6 Years Ago
        But once we are all driving them...they wont be death traps.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is a brilliant concept to bring to the US. From what I understand, the Smart is receiving horrible reviews. CR flat out said it was the worst car they have ever tested, and somehow its not all that fuel efficient. I trust Toyota to take Smart concept and actually execute it well. The one thing that I would love and that motivate me to purchase is if they gave it a targa top. Efficient, affordable, fun and hip...sounds like what Scion was meant to be.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Please bring it to the States, Toyota. But please change the name.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Something a bit less smug would be nice.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I would buy something like this, if I need to replace my Neon. In the future, I plan on having a motorcycle and a small car like this for rainy days.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Seeing this car undergoing testing is far newsworthier than another story about umpteen versions of Mustang.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Would love to see crash test ratings on this. Just looking at it and you know that it might seat 4, but I would not want to be one of those 4 in an accident.

      "Not MINI small, smart small."
      • 6 Years Ago
      man, the japanese got game!
      • 6 Years Ago
      This car could certainly give Scion back some buzz.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I still like the looks of the Smart car better - inside and out, but I bet the Toyota is a better product.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If price is about $11-12K for a base and $14-15K with all options, I would trade in my Accord and commute with this.
      • 6 Years Ago
      These ultra-compacts remind me of when university kids realized that the MG or other tiny sports car their professor drove to school was incredibly easy for a few guys to carry up stairs and put in his office ...

      I see a few Smart cars ending up in faculty buildings ... not that I'm trying to encourage that kind of thing.

      ps. If you take the wheels off, that saves a lot on weight and makes it easier to tip a bit sideways to get around the corners in the stairway ... I would imagine ...
        • 6 Years Ago
        A SMART car will also fit in a dumpster.
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