Tiny Toyota iQ launches in Japan

Oct 16 2008, 9:00am CDT | by , in News | Cars & Vehicles

Tiny Toyota iQ launches in Japan
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Toyota will begin sales of its new "micro-premium" car, the Toyota iQ, in Japan starting on November 20th. Toyota introduced the iQ at the IAA 2007.
A newly designed platform enables an ultra-efficient package that seats four in a vehicle 2,985mm long by 1,680mm wide by 1,500mm high.

A 1.0-liter engine offers fuel efficiency at the highest levels for its displacement, and also meets the new 2015 Japanese fuel efficiency standards under the recently introduced JC08 test cycle.
The iQ is said to be highly responsive at low and medium speeds, provides stable cruising performance at high speeds, and has a minimum turning radius of 3.9 meters-one of the shortest in the industry.
In addition, a S-VSC (Steering-assisted Vehicle Stability Control) system and a total of nine airbags, including the world's first SRS (Supplemental Restraint System) rear window curtain shield airbag, are standard on all models to provide outstanding safety performance.

The iQ is also planned to go on sale in Europe in early 2009.

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