We previously reported that Toyota is planning to introduce a production version of the iQ in Europe and Japan by 2009. But new information from Japanese newspaper Nikkei, hints that Toyota will produces 100,000 units a year of the iQ.
The Toyota IQ, which was shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show this year, was designed at ED2, Toyota”s European design studio in south France headed by Wahei Hirari, Toyota”s Design Managing Officer. With 3+1 seating, the IQ is 425mm shorter than the Aygo and 770mm shorter than the Toyota Yaris.
Nikkei says that the production version of the iQ is expected to be powered by a 1-liter gasoline engine, while a diesel option may also be offered. The daily newspaper said production will mostly take place in Japan where Japan may also see some units in late 2009.
Automotive News says that when the car hits the European market in 2009 it will cost about €13,000 ($18,030).
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