Toyota iQ To Become Reality, Debut At Geneva Motor Show

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Toyota is finally getting smart by getting Smart. The Toyota iQ Concept from Frankfurt will show up at the Geneva Motor Show as a fully capable production vehicle that will be a "break-through in compact urban transportation." And by a break-through they mean a Japanese version of the Smart (see the name). The last rumor we heard was that the iQ will be powered by Yamaha motorcycle engine, but powertrain and pricing details are scarce. Photos of the concept and press release below.

Toyota to present two new additions to its small car line-up at Geneva Motor Show

At the Geneva Motor Show, Toyota will unveil the production design of its all-new small car - Toyota iQ. First shown as the Concept Car iQ at last year's Frankfurt Motor Show, iQ will go into production during late 2008.

iQ represents a break-through in compact urban transportation. For a first, up to three passengers can be comfortably seated in a compact urban vehicle at sub three metres in length, and additionally have enough area to accommodate a child or luggage.

The spaciousness of iQ is a result of its ingenious packaging, which was created by six space-saving but inter-linked engineering innovations that represent a revolution in Toyota's automotive vehicle development.
Infused with Japanese design elements, iQ is a radical change in vehicle design as well as environmentally friendly transportation, and away from the belief that small cars are basic and less safe.


[Source: Toyota via World Car Fans]

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Rob Emslie

So, where is the motor in this? Front or back? It looks like your feet would be roughly inside the front wheel arch which does not bode well in a frontal impact if there is an engine (no matter how small) taking up valuable deceleration space. One of the brilliant design features of the Smart is the rear end placement of the powerplant (and in a Smart "powerplant" is a bit of a misnomer).