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New Toyota IQ

The Toyota iQ city car was first unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2008. It first went on sale in its manufacturer’s home market of Japan in October 2008, before then going in sale in the European market, including the United Kingdom, from January 2009. The current production model of the Toyota iQ was based on a previous concept vehicle designed and manufactured by the first and unveiled for the first time in 2007 at the Frankfurt Auto Show. An interesting fact about the iQ is that it is affectionately nicknamed ‘The Brick’ by workers at the Takaoka assembly plant where it is made. Although the name obviously contains a reference to the common abbreviation i.q. (which stands for intelligence quotient) Toyota claims that the i stands for ‘individuality’, ‘innovation’ and ‘intelligence’, and the Q stands for ‘quality’.

The design work for the iQ was carried out at the firm’s European Design and Development studio, which is located in France in the city of Nice. In 2008 the car won the title of Japanese Car of the Year.

In the United Kingdom all available models are fitted with petrol engines. The entry level 1.0-litre unit is similar to the 1.0-litre engine used in the Toyota Aygo, and is capable of a fuel economy of 65.69 mpg.

Compared to many other cars in the city car segment the iQ comes with a wide range of standard equipment. Safety and driver assistance system fitted as standard include anti-lock brakes, brake assist, electronic brake force distribution technology, stability control, traction control, and a full set of nine airbags in total including twin front airbags, front seat mounted side torso airbags, side curtain airbags, driver’s knee airbag, front passenger seat cushion airbag and a new rear curtain airbag which serves to protect the backseat passengers in the event of a rear end collision.