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Toyota IQ Revealed at Geneva Auto Show

Semi-Geeky Toyota IQ Revealed in Geneva

At first glance, it looks uber geeky with the Trekkie-like LCD dashboard and 5.8-inch nav screen control area, but the newest ultra compact to hit the streets from Toyota could stand to up the geek factor a bit. Unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show Tuesday, the Toyota IQ's engineering innovations allow for more room inside — despite the tiny 9-foot length, which makes it perfect for those tight parking situations in urban cities. Plus, Toyota is pumping up its work in fuel hybrids, making the IQ an example of "plug-in" electricity technology that can cover about 62 miles per gallon of gas.

However, bummer number one is that there hasn't been any mention of iPod adapters or integrated Bluetooth that have become standard in newer vehicles and other electric cars. Although, is that a laptop compartment I see in front of the passenger seat? Bummer number two is that it will be released in Paris, Rome, Berlin and Madrid by the end of 2008, but folks in the US will have to wait until later in 2009 to get their hands on one. No price has been set on this ultra compact car, but I certainly think it won't be as high as some other hybrid models Toyota has put on the road!


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MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 8 years
It's cute!
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 8 years
It's cute!
macgirl macgirl 8 years
I really need better integration of my technology in my car. I want the navigation, bluetooth phone integration and a way to make my iPod/iPhone work as well. I'm not sure why car manufacturers think hybrid = low technology? I was interested in the Honda Civic CNG until I looked at the actual specs and you don't get anything in it (might not even have electric windows if I recall correctly).
raieven raieven 8 years
I would feel safe driving this car in Europe, not so much in the US. Maybe we'll buy one when we move back!
SugarKat SugarKat 8 years
How could you fit a carseat in there? The smart car there's no way, but this one might be a bit easier. I like my civic, but it doesn't have all the bells and whistles. This car is def. fashionable...I like it. 62 MPG with gas going to hit $4/gal, I bet the car sells out before it hits the showroom floor.
SugarKat SugarKat 8 years
How could you fit a carseat in there? The smart car there's no way, but this one might be a bit easier. I like my civic, but it doesn't have all the bells and whistles. This car is def. fashionable...I like it. 62 MPG with gas going to hit $4/gal, I bet the car sells out before it hits the showroom floor.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
it ALWAYS takes us a while to get things like this. we're only just now getting the 'smart car' that's tiny. at least it's progress right?
luminousfae luminousfae 8 years
OMG! I want it. I luv small cars! I do hope they jump on the whole ipod and bluetooth bandwagon though.
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