Toyota iQ: Museum Quality
The Royal College of Art in London is "the world's only wholly postgraduate art and design institution," and apparently they like the Toyota iQ (which Toyota calls the smallest four-passenger car in the world).
The Toyota iQ will be exposed at the RCA between September 19 and 23 to "provide the inspiration for the finest new design talent [...] to produce ideas and concepts that respond to the many and varied challenges of modern urban living." Read on for more photos and technical specs of the iQ.
Leading designer and Royal College of Art Alumnus Dick Powell of Seymour Powell says, "I think it's a great idea for Toyota to mark the launch of the iQ car by tapping into the design creativity of the Royal College of Art. What better way to express the theme of Intelligent Urban Living than by asking the next generation of designers to think about the radical designs that will change our experience of living in cities."
From our previous post about the Toyota iQ:
"The 2009 Toyota iQ is really meant to enhance Toyota's presence in Europe, and this market will get the choice of an iQ with either a 1.0-liter inline-3 with a five-speed manual transmission or a turbocharged 1.4-liter inline-4 diesel with a six-speed manual. In mid-2009, a 1.3-liter inline-4 with variable valve timing will become available, and it'll feature either the six-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Meanwhile, Japan will get the 1.0-liter inline-3 matched with a CVT.
[...] we can expect the 1.0-liter to produce around 70 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 69 pound-feet of torque at 3,600 rpm. The 1.4-liter turbodiesel will generate approximately 89 hp."
For those concerned about safety, despite its small size, the Toyota iQ received a 5-star safety rating in Euro NCAP testing.