• Nov 13th 2008 at 12:37PM
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Click above for a high-res gallery of the production Toyota iQ

Any guesses on what car Japanese jurors might pick as their Car of the Year? Guess again; and again. That's right, the Nissan GT-R only managed to snag enough votes to garner a bronze finish in Japanese COTY voting. Wondering what epically amazing machinery bested the mighty Godzilla? That would be the miniscule Toyota iQ. Once again, it is clear just how far the priorities for transportation have changed. Supercar levels of acceleration, on-board supercomputers and remarkable handling prowess just aren't enough to woo the top pick from judges in Japan. Not only was the iQ the top overall choice in a landslide victory, the Citroën C5 managed to garner enough votes to steal second place from the mighty GT-R.

Don't get us wrong, the Toyota with the funny name is a vehicle deserving of all the recognition it gets. A packaging miracle, the smarty-pants iQ manages to cram four real human beings inside a footprint that's pretty darn close to that of the smart fortwo, a car that seats just two people including the driver. These days, exceptional fuel economy, low emissions and intelligent packaging are apparently the way to a Japanese heart, and likely many from the rest of the world, as well. What do you think? Is the Toyota iQ the, ahem... smart person's COTY?


[Source: Inside Line]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      More expensive than an Aygo (a very good car), and even more expensive than a Smart... The headrests for the rear seats are... the rear window!

      No way.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I would totally buy an Aygo, though I do think the styling on its Citroen brother (the C1) is marginally better.

        But I doubt the iQ is any less safe in a rear-end collision than my Cinquecento was, and the rear airbags are actually a pretty slick idea.

        If the iQ comes to the US at a reasonable price, I'll probably buy one. But I'll say the same about the Aygo.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, I was wondering about that. When AB says "four real people," I wonder if they're talking about Japanese or American people? There's a pretty big size difference there.

        Just considering layout (price and other factors aside), this seems like it could work as a 2-seater. That would make it a great commuter car that could handle an occasional passenger, and you wouldn't have to worry about having a "human meat crumple zone" in the back.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I am pleased it won, and look forward to owning this car next year when it comes, hopefully to the US as a Scion iQ.
      s13hybrid
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is a much smarter choice than the Smart (pun intended) in my opinion. (If it gets better or the same gas mileage)
        s13hybrid
        • 6 Years Ago
        @s13hybrid
        Are puns ever really funny? Some people just wouldn't get it if I did not state the obvious.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @s13hybrid
        Wow, thanks. I was not sure if you intended to make that terrible, unfunny pun, but now I know...

        A-Booo.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @s13hybrid
        I guess they're going to have to change the name of the "Smart" to the "Dumb!"

        Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!
        • 6 Years Ago
        @s13hybrid
        Some are, yes. Just not ones that you wrote.
      • 6 Years Ago
      How could it not win?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, citroen actually sells cars in japan? Any idea on the numbers?
        • 6 Years Ago
        As a general rule, French manufacturers sell cars all over the world but Canada and the US. I didn't expect to see brand new Clios, 207s and C2s in Windhoek, Namibia, tho.

        A bit off topic anyway.
      • 6 Years Ago
      ugly.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Seems to be more inspired than some of the recent Toyotas and Scions.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This looks just like my Scion Xa but with two doors instead of four.

      And about 6 feet shorter.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Soooo, pretty much completely different?
      • 6 Years Ago
      It probably only won because it would be
      a loss of face if *gasp* a non-Japanese
      constructor won. Japan #1!

        • 6 Years Ago
        My bad-the C5 [i] is [/i]
        the import car of the year.

        Runners up:

        The Subaru Exiga was rated "most fun" lol.
        The GT-R got "Most advanced technology",
        and the Honda Freed "Best value"

        http://www.jcoty.org/year_this/index.html

        • 6 Years Ago
        Its called "Japan" COTY for a reason. They also have an "Japan Import Car of the Year" which awards non-domestic cars.

        There is also an RJC 'Japan Car of the Year'. Again its separated between domestic and import (this year it was the Mazda 2 and the Peugeot 207)

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RJC_Car_of_the_Year
        • 6 Years Ago
        I do find the autoblog title a little odd, I thought it was literally a competition between Japanese cars but the Citroen in 2nd so they should have wrote something more like "iQ wins car of the year award in Japan."
        Except, upon looking at the actual awards, it would appear that they simply got it wrong that the Citroen came in 2nd, when in fact they weren't ever competing against each other. So the original title was actually accurate if they hadn't confused the hell out of everyone with saying that the Citroen came in 2nd.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Anyone else think having the rear passengers heads as the crush zone is a bad idea?
        • 6 Years Ago
        That depends. Do you actually *like* the rear passengers? ;)
        • 6 Years Ago
        The iQ will have the world's first rear airbag, in addition to 8 other airbags.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Cheap torsion beam suspension? Check.
      Ugly seam across the front of hood? Check.
      Bland looks? Check.
      Consistent with Toyota image? Check.

      This vehicle differs significantly from the cheap Yaris how? This vehicle is getting accolades why?

      • 6 Years Ago
      Oh its so eugly nasty and unsafe.

      Toyota just needs to go out of business file for chapter 11.

      The only thing green about toyota is us money going to japan.
        • 6 Years Ago
        What's it like, forming opinions without any information at all?
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