Toyota to take aim at Smart's ForTwo

It looks like the diminutive urban commuter segment is about to get a little more crowded. Auto Express is reporting that Toyota will be releasing a small, high-mileage, city car based on the futuristic Endo concept that was first unveiled at the 2005 Frankfurt Auto Show.

With dimensions of 118 inches long and 66.5 inches wide, the little Toyota is clearly aimed at competing directly with the Smart ForTwo. The Japanese variant will supposedly be 12 inches longer and 3.5 inches wider than the new ForTwo, though, the Toyota will allow seating for four. Auto Express says it should hit U.K. dealers in 2007.

As for whether or not the Endo will follow the Smart ForTwo to American shores, your guess is as good as ours. The timing is certainly right. Perhaps, Toyota will let Smart do the heavy lifting in marketing super-small transportation to Americans and then start distributing the Endo through its Scion brand. And maybe we'll even see a hybrid version. Call me an optimist, but it could happen.

[Source: Auto Express]

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