• Dec 19, 2008
If you've been distressed by not being able to buy a clown car at any local lot, Toyota has news for you: the company is working on a Yaris-sized seven-seater. That is odd enough to make us ask "What?" and "Why?" in several languages. Even better, though, is when Toyota engineer Hiroki Nakajima says "We can do it, and give limo-like legroom in the back." We aren't sure what Nakajima-san's idea of a limo is, but the current five-searter Yaris doesn't have limo-like room for the people in the front, much less the back and the cargo area...
The next Yaris is due in 2011, and recent rumors suggest the use of Toyota iQ's packaging to make it more roomy inside. Toyota has also said it planned to build an MPV on blueprints of the iQ. While a repackaged Yaris with iQ clever bits would be an impressively spacious subcompact, we simply can't see it making for a limo-like minivan.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Toyota already has 7 seaters based on the Yaris.

      And the fronts seats of the iQ are pressed against the back seats, while the seatbacks of the rear seats are pressed against the rear hatch...
      • 6 Years Ago
      So, according to all comments so far about how Americans just can`t fit into anything that`s not an SUV I can assume that: Having sex with an American woman is like riding a moped: Fun until your friends find out? Fun until the springs wear out? Fun until you need to re-fuel (feed) her?

      FATTY FATTY BO-BO LATTY!

        • 6 Years Ago
        Where is this non-american from. I picture some dork sitting at his computer in finland, wearing yaks wool, isolated in a log cabin in the frozen tundra, typing this comment.

        btw - who mentioned fat american women. Its the guys that are biggest in america and certainly more so than the japaneese engineers that claim you can get lemo room in a 7seater yaris.
        mmstowes
        • 6 Years Ago
        I actually have experience with the Stream and for a 7 seater, it's tight for me. There's more cargo room than the Mazda5 (which has practically none with all seats up), but the trade-off is less legroom for passengers in the second and third rows. I'm 6', 200lbs with long legs and a fairly long torso.

        Other than that...I don't understand your gibberish. Nobody commented on how "fat Americans" were, just how "small" Japanese vehicles made for the Japanese markets are because the Japanese as a whole are generally small framed short-height people. There are exceptions to every rule, but regardless, I wouldn't expect this car to come to the states. Maybe they'll do the same thing with a Corolla-sized vehicle though.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ronEBear

        Finland ... Canada... location guess was close enough :)
        • 6 Years Ago
        WOW MAN!! What is your job, if it is not mind reading/psychic ability then you should IMMEDIATELY QUIT. You could be making tons more cash using your extraordinary powers of perception by correctly identifying a blog posters:

        Personality
        Location
        Current clothing
        Type of dwelling
        Type of climate.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Piss off, t*at.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @mmstowes

        Gibberish? I am 100% sure that I was writing my comments in the English language. I understand that you might not have understood, I should have written my comments in proper American.

        Here`s how it should have been written:

        LOL! CAN U Believe that them got-damned chinamen in Japan want to build a compact car that fits seven people? LAWLZZ OMG. Mabe it`ss fit 7 grains of RICE LMAO OMGWTF. It`s compact allright, after I drive over with ma truck, my truck nutz will totali tea-bag it! CORN! BEEF!
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Toyota Clown Car coming soon. Saved by Zero of the Toyotathon of Toyotathons.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ Flashpoint.

        Shut up.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Us is one of the heftier countries, Flashpoint tells no lies, try your own suggestion.
      • 6 Years Ago
      They can do it. They made the iQ just inches longer than the smart, and added one and a half seats in the process. The Yaris is several feet longer than the iQ, so making another row (one with limo legroom) shouldn't be a problem. We should have the option of a subcompact size people hauler if they want to build it. Vehicles for the most part are just too damn big.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @BoneHeadOtto

        Meh, close enough(nor really). Truce? (not really)
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yup, old news, when they released the iQ they stated in damn near every interview they were capable of using a lot of the space saving techniques in the car to provide a 7 seater the size of the yaris. This was months ago. Oh well.
      • 6 Years Ago
      In one of the reecent issues of CAR they interview some guy from Toyota who talked about all the space saving techniques they used to make the interior of the IQ as roomy as possible. I don't know about "limo like" roomyness, but the technology and research that went to opening up the IQ is pretty impressive.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Big deal. We used to fit 7 people into just about any 800CC vehicle back in India. But yeah, most were 5.3-5.5 and thin.
      • 6 Years Ago
      And this is new to Autoblog?


      FYI Honda has always had a fit based Minivan. The Honda Mobillio sat 7, and the Honda Freed seats 8. It's all about packaging.
      • 6 Years Ago
      HHR yes PT cruiser no. PT is seriously cramped in the back too. I question the HHR reliability. How has yours been. I hear the interior falls appart. anyone experienced this
      • 6 Years Ago
      HAHAHAHAHAHAHA, seats 7.....ants.
      • 6 Years Ago
      2 words "double-decker"

      I guess technically thats one hyphenated word.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ronEBear

        Me thinks someone has a fetish for Fat American Women with all these comments. How do you know so much about fat women?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Double-Decker, is that a euphemism to describe when an American has a roll of fat beneath her breasts that looks like a second set?
      mmstowes
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm curious as to the reliability of components that small with the stresses of a regular 5-7 people in the car. The Honda Stream is a 7-seater about the size and weight of a Civic and is pretty tight everywhere but the front seats for the average American. I can't imagine how tight a Yaris-sized 7-seater is going to be, but I doubt they'd wanna bring it here.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Maybe Nakajima is 5' 2" and 102lbs if he compares the Yaris to a limo.
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