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Sneak Peek: Scion IQ Microcar Concept

A Smart-(like) idea for America’s urban motorists?

by on Apr.08, 2009

Scion thinks it has a smart idea with its IQ concept, and could launch a U.S. version early in the coming decade.

Scion thinks it has a smart idea with its IQ urban transportation concept, and could launch a U.S. version early in the coming decade.

Bigger is better, or so goes the traditional automotive mantra.  But things are changing in a big way, as more and more of the global population moves back into the cities.  Despite the worldwide recession, Daimler’s Smart car factory can barely keep up with demand, and a growing number of makers are giving serious thought to enter the so-called “urban transportation market.”

Earlier this week, GM unveiled a prototype, dubbed PUMA, it’s developing as part of an unusual joint venture with Segway.  Now comes word that Toyota’s youth-oriented Scion division may make a move into the city car segment with a pint-sized offering dubbed IQ, a tricked-out version of which is making its debut at the New York International Auto Show.

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