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The rumormill continues to churn today with talk of a small roadster from Toyota based on iQ underpinnings. It is definitely true that the automaker spent a ton of money on the new platform and its extremely unique seating arrangement. There are a number of detail changes on the iQ meant to minimize size, including a new differential arrangement, flat fuel tank and a small, efficient cooling system. All of these technologies could make it over to new iQ variants, which would help defray the cost of development. We've heard rumors of a seven-seat minivan and a hybrid, as well as a slightly larger model to replace the current Yaris, and now Auto Motor und Sport is suggesting that a small two seat roadster could be built off the iQ platform. If true, the model would be called Spider and would debut at the Tokyo Motor Show in late 2009.

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