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2008-02-14 08:13
The small Toyota IQ has been revealed and it will have its world launch at the Geneva Motor Show.

It was first unveiled at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show in concept guise. Toyota hopes that the iQ will boost its dominance in the automotive market even further to cement its position as world's biggest carmaker.

Production of the iQ will start towards the end of 2008 in Japan and is also aimed at developing markets.

Although measuring less than three meters in length, it can carry three people in comfort, with room to spare for a child or luggage.

It also apparently features a host of hi-tech features and a luxurious interior.

For example the car can be specced with heads up display featuring speed and sat-nav information, which is programmed via steering wheel-mounted controls.

Elsewhere in the cabin you?ll find a panoramic glass roof and cool ambient lighting at night.

Despite its small dimensions, Toyota insists the IQ will be extremely strong. Like the Smart ForTwo, the Toyota uses a strong safety cell to protect occupants in a crash.

There?s no official word on engine details but it's likely to be a 1.0-liter three-cylinder petrol engine.

Expect both manual and semi-automatic transmissions to be offered.


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