Toyota has spent five years to bring the iQ to auto market which undoubtedly is a long time for any vehicle ever to be introduced and this tiny little city car has taken that. It is not because of any irregularities in the development and production phases, as we know it happens only when you actually develop any new product instead of reproducing the old concepts.
The all new iQ was developed under the guidance of chief engineer Hiroki Nakajima who has made it in such a way that it could compete with most of the modern environmental issues and it targets the customers who are concerns environment the most. It has the same customer market that of the Prius and it is a car which is second to none.
Toyota IQ Enigne
It took almost two full years of ingenious craftsmanship at both Japanese and French based designing and development divisions. The most part of Toyota iQ is done at the ED2 design studio, the most important thing about this car is its smallest but vigorous Toyota engine, churns out only 67bhp from a 1.0 Litre unit. This little engine is so capable of pushing the car harder yet eager enough to hit the red line and the numbers on the clock witnesses the real story. After observing the numbers you might believe that the iQ possessed a reasonable turn of speed.
With the top speed of 160kph or 99mph, it is still making 62mph in second gear but takes 13.6 seconds to get there. That is only about 0.7 seconds superior than Toyota’s smaller-engine car.
Toyota has retained its number one spot as the world’s biggest manufacturer beating its closest
rival GM by 270,000 units. Toyota sold 9.98 million vehicles during 2013 up 2% from the year before as Toyota also announced plans to sell 10.32 million vehicles in 2014. Toyota has still managed to revive its fate after the damages it faced in the 2011 tsunami. The tsunami and earthquake in 2011 caused extensive widespread devastation which affected car suppliers and production.
Toyota has also been facing reputational issues after a series of recalls and safety issues as more than 14 million vehicles have been recalled since 2009. However, at the end of 2013, Japan’s exports saw their biggest annual rise for three years. Car exports also rose to 31.3% year-on-year, as the Japanese yen saw big falls in value against the dollar. Toyota has been the top manufacturer in the world for more than 70 years. Toyota was the king of automakers till 2011. However, it regained the number one position in 2012.
GM sold 9.71 million vehicles last year, while Germany’s Volkswagen came in third with sales of 9.5 million vehicles. Toyota’s leading models have been Lexus and Prius hybrid models. Toyota’s sales target for 2014 is 10.32 million which is significant as no carmaker has gone beyond the 10 million mark. The three largest carmakers all had a strong 2013, and the figures are an indication of a healthy global automotive sector.
There are two Toyota iQ engine s for sale, starting with the 1.0-litre three-cylinder taken from the
Aygo city car. Performance is predictably modest, although the iQ feels faster than the on-paper figures suggest. The 0-60mph sprint takes less than 14 seconds and the revvy Toyota iQ engine is characterful, while plenty of sound makes it comfortable at motorway speeds. The Toyota iQ engine 1.33 litre offers more impressive performance with a 0-62mph time of 11.8 seconds.
The best engine for Toyota iQ is the 1.0-litre engine with a manual gearbox and there will be no tax to pay as the CO2 emissions of 99g/km. Fuelling the iQ will be cheap too as it gives 64.2mpg. The iQ is one of those rare things, a genuinely unique car. Slightly longer than a Smart, it aims to pack in seating for four.