From my previous articles, the smart for two and NIDO EV from Pininfarina now comes another microcar and this time it’s from Toyota. It was introduced in the 2008 Geneva Auto Show and named as Toyota IQ. Sales started in the UK on January 2009 and in Japan on October2008.
Having an additional small car seems logical for families in which the members own larger size vehicles. Why? Well, it’s simply mobility. It could be used as a stand by vehicle whenever a trip to the grocery store or just to go and visit your neighbor at the other side of the block is needed. The best purpose is definitely for city driving and that you could reserve your bigger car for long distance travel. Of course, the price must be taken into consideration as well. If you could afford it and the cost is reasonable, why not? Toyota IQ is priced at more or less 55K RM dated January 2009.
Toyota emphasizes the name IQ which corresponds to I – stands for ‘individuality’, ‘innovations’, and ‘intelligence. Q- Stands for ‘quality’. The design includes maximum cabin space, forward windscreen location and over all compactness.
It comes with a 998 cc to 1.3 cc Petrol Engine and 1.3 cc Diesel Engine, 2 and 4 seat occupant capacities and the engine includes start and stop system. It comes with the standard features as Anti-lock Brakes, brake assist, electronic brake force distribution, traction control and Vehicle Stability Control. It also comes with 9 airbags – side torso airbags, dual front airbags and side curtain airbags.
In 2008, the Toyota IQ was the Japanese Car of that year.
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