The Toyota IQ concept was created at ED2, Toyota's advanced
European design studio in the south of France. The IQ
concept was revealed at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show.
Managing officer of Toyota Motor Corporation's Design
activities, Wahei Hirai, says of the vehicle: "The
IQ concept is designed to reflect and enhance the lifestyle
of its owners. In an urban environment, people want to
express themselves through dynamic and on-the-edge design,
but at the same time rational factors such as size, functionality
and CO2 emissions cannot be ignored. Bringing these contradictory
aims together in synergy was critical to the IQ concept,
and is a way of thinking we call the 'J-factor', a philosophy
at the heart of all our activities."
The overall shape of the Toyota IQ concept is reminicent
of the Smart ForTwo, but without the two tone paintwork
and with more sopisticated lines the IQ concept appears
more grown-up than its production rival. It is also slightly
larger at just under 2980mm long compared to the Smart's
The Toyota IQ concept is versatile and practical. It will
seat four with space for three adults and a child
or the fourth seat can be utilised for luggage space.
To achieve this a 3 + 1 seating concept has been applied.
With a dashboard that swoops away from the front passenger,
this seat has been given extra freedom of movement. In
regular use, driver and passenger sit side by side. But,
to accommodate a third adult or adult and child, the front
passenger seat of the IQ can be moved to a more forward
position allowing more room and easier access to the rear
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