iQ too high for Aussie mar­ket

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Cars Guide -

THE most rad­i­cal new Toy­ota since the orig­i­nal Corolla is too costly for Aus­tralia. The baby iQ (left) has been de­signed and de­vel­oped to break the rules on city cars, but the likely prices means it prob­a­bly will not make it Down Un­der.

The show­room tar­get for the iQ is $13,000 in Europe but, thanks to the strength of the Aus­tralian dol­lar, it will be closer to $17,000 in Aus­tralia. And that means the tiny iQ will cost more than the larger Yaris.

The price prob­lem means the iQ is not likely to make it to Aus­tralia, even though Peter Lyon re­ports to­day from Ja­pan that the car rewrites the rules for city run­abouts.

It even has a unique rear-cur­tain airbag — in a nine-bag cabin pro­tec­tion sys­tem — be­cause there is no crash crum­ple space in the rear end.

The iQ leads the world into mass-pro­duc­tion three-seater cars, with two in the front and one in the back in a move that is spark­ing im­i­ta­tors in Ja­pan, in­clud­ing Nis­san.

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