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  • Aston Martin Cygnet

    Some things just don't go together. Mustard and chocolate. Camaros and caviar. Aston Martin and minicars. The Toyota iQ-based Cygnet is dead. Rumors of the Cygnet's death have swirled for a week now, but Autocar confirms the minicar is out of production and won't be revived. Aston Martin had intended the Cygnet as a hand-crafted, compact city runabout to serve as the counterpart to its high-end, wide, and gas-thirsty supercars the way a tender boat serves a yacht. It looks like that fantasy is over. Priced from the equivalent of about $48,500, the Cygnet was based on the Toyota iQ, but...

  • Pit Boss Cartel 2012 Scion iQ at the 2011 SEMA show
    Pit Boss Cartel 2012 Scion iQ: 2011 SEMA Live Photos

    Built as a pit support vehicle for some unknown division of motorsport, the Pit Boss Cartel 2012 Scion iQ epitomizes over-the-top SEMA modification in pursuit of a largely pointless goal. But it still looks pretty cool. The chopped, shaved, and otherwise cut-up iQ sports an air ride suspension, a...

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    2012 Scion iQ Swarms SEMA

    Scion has prepped three of its upcoming iQ minicars for the annual Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show kicking off in Las Vegas this week. Like most years, the specialist show is hosting an array of full-blooded customized cars and the new iQ is right in amongst the action. The three...

  • 2009 Toyota FT-EV Concept
    You Don't Own, You Don't Even Drive: The Future Of Cars?

    It's enough to make the car enthusiast's skin crawl. Visions of autonomous cars making their way along the highway while the occupants go about their daily business. If you love driving and cars, handing over control of your car to a machine is like handing over a child. Bill Reinert, a mechanical...

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    2010 New York Auto Show: 2011 Scion iQ

    Toyota has finally confirmed the launch of its diminutive iQ minicar for the U.S. market with the unveiling today of the 2011 Scion iQ at 2010 New York Auto Show. Aimed at a new trendsetting generation of urban drivers, the types of customers Scion is known for, the new U.S.-spec iQ will be very...

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    Aston Martin Cygnet: Handcrafted, too?

    Whatever you make of Aston Martin's wacky plan to take the Toyota iQ city car and turn it into a swan of its own, you have to credit the British luxury automaker. Not only will it take on the green movement with a four-seat, 1.0-liter car badge engineered from the Toyota - it will do it with the...

  • Aston Martin Cygnet concept

    This is not a joke. Aston Martin has joined forces with Toyota to develop a new minicar model called the Cygnet and this is the first official image of the bespoke hatch, taken as designers at Aston Martin’s Gaydon headquarters refine its final shape. The Cygnet is based on Toyota’s iQ minicar and although it’s still in the concept stage, the green light for production is expected to be given before the end of the year. As revealed by the teaser image, the Cygnet will adopt some very distinct Aston Martin trademarks to differentiate it from its Toyota sibling. The vehicle is...

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    Scion-branded iQ hatch concept rolls into New York Auto Show

    The iQ hatch has been winning hearts and awards ever since its debut at last year's Paris Motor Show thanks to its cute face and its innovative design. Now it is catching second looks as it shows up in New York wearing a Scion badge and a special urban look. Targeted directly at Scion's already...

  • 2010 Toyota iQ
    Scion badged Toyota iQ headed to New York Auto Show

    Toyota’s new iQ minicar has gone on sale in Japan and most parts of Europe already, but there are now indications that the diminutive hatch could make its way to the United States. A Scion badged version of the car has been snapped by spy photographers on the back of a truck as it was heading...

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    Red Dot design awards winners revealed for 2009

    Innovative and interesting designs are rewarded each year with a 'red dot', from world renowned design institution, the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen, one of Europe's oldest and most highly reputed design centers. This year a number of interesting entries in the automobile category came away...

  • 2008 Scion Hako Concept
    Scion confirms ”micro-subcompact” concept car for New York Auto Show

    Scion has confirmed plans to unveil a new “micro-subcompact” concept car at the upcoming New York Auto Show. The concept will reflect Scion's youthful image and represents a new segment for the brand aimed toward the growing urbanization trend. This basically means that Scion will be...

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    Toyota to add 1.3L four to iQ lineup at Geneva Motor Show

    The 2009 Geneva Motor Show will play host to a wide range of concepts and production vehicles, from speedy supercars to family sedans and even raw engine technologies. One of Toyota's additions to the show will be a new variant of the iQ, powered by a peppy 1.3L gasoline four-cylinder. The current...

  • 2010 Toyota iQ

    Toyota’s new iQ minicar is set to go on sale in Japan and most parts of Europe very soon, but there are now indications from one of the carmaker’s top officials that the diminutive hatch could make its way to the United States. There has been plenty of speculation that the iQ could be sold in the U.S., including a recent report claiming that it could be badged as a Scion. Then in October, Toyota’s small car projects chief, Soichiro Okudaira, confirmed that a U.S. launch of the iQ was under consideration. Speaking with the Detroit Free Press, Toyota’s senior...

  • 2009 Toyota FT-EV concept
    Toyota confirms 2012 U.S. launch for electric vehicles

    Toyota used last week’s Detroit Auto Show to unveil its new FT-EV concept, a compact urban runabout based on the iQ minicar and powered by an all-electric drivetrain. The carmaker also used the Detroit event to announce plans to launch an urban commuter ‘battery-electric vehicle’...

  • 2009 Toyota FT-EV concept
    Toyota reveals iQ-based FT-EV Concept

    Toyota has announced that it will display its new FT-EV concept at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show, while also confirming that it will launch an urban commuter ‘battery-electric vehicle’ (BEV) by 2012. The world's largest carmaker also revealed that it will start consumer trials of a fleet...

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    U.S. market primed for minicar resurgence

    With the global economic crisis forcing consumers to tighten their purse strings, small cars with low sticker prices and high fuel efficiency are becoming more and more popular. While European and Asian markets have been popular with small cars for some time now, it is only recently that selling...

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    Toyota announces battery-powered FT-EV concept for Detroit Auto Show

    A cryptic press release from Toyota today revealed that a new battery-powered concept car would make its global debut at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show. Speculation as to what the concept might be has already taken hold of the motoring press, but a few hints gathered from Toyota's recent remarks could...

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    Toyota iQ takes top honors in Japan's COTY award

    Though it was up against the likes of Godzilla, the tiny Toyota iQ has come out on top at the 2008 Japan Car of the Year (JCOTY) awards. The win is seen as a potential selling point against competition like Daimler's Smart ForTwo micro car, especially in a segment that's differentiated largely on...

  • Report: Toyota working on iQ roadster for Toyko Motor Show

    City cars like the Toyota iQ and Daimler's Smart ForTwo have been gaining in popularity lately, with more companies looking to offer similarly-sized cars. Now Toyota's getting ready to take the next step, with an iQ-platform based roadster possibly coming to the Tokyo Motor Show in 2009 as a new design study. A production version of an iQ Spider, or whatever it will be called, is not yet planned, but Daimler does offer topless variants of the Smart ForTWo, so it's at least possible. On the other hand, the iQ is intended to be a true roadster, not just a removable-top city car, so it's...

  • 2010 Toyota iQ Modelista minicar
    Toyota reveals Modellista enhanced iQ

    Toyota’s iQ minicar officially went on sale in Japan this month and to coincide with the launch the company also revealed several new styling packs under the guise of its in-house accessories brand Modellista. Two different Modellista iQs are on offer - the Maxi and Mixture - and both are...

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    Toyota announces pricing and specs for iQ minicar

    Following the launch of the iQ minicar at the recent Paris Motor Show, Toyota has now announced final pricing and specifications for its striking minicar. The company has already started taking orders in the UK and other parts of Europe, and is currently offering two different trim levels. First...

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    Toyota introduces rear-window protection airbag

    Since its humble beginnings as an optional feature on cars in the 1970s, the airbag has become a must-have safety feature for any new car on the market. The development of curtain airbags have also increased the number of airbags in new cars to eight – or more – however Toyota is...

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    Report: Toyota iQ platform to spawn next Yaris, MPV and hybrid model

    Hoping to share in the success of the growing minicar segment, Toyota is planning to release its new iQ minicar in Europe and Japan early next year following its debut next month at the Paris Motor Show. While there’s a chance the iQ may not be offered in the North American market due to its...

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