(from Toyota Press
Release) Toyota’s revolutionary ultra-compact Concept Car iQ
The intelligent solution to urban transport
– Designed within
the Vibrant Clarity philosophy
– Less than 3 metres in length
The Concept Car iQ
represents a paradigm shift in small car design, a concept car that
challenges conventional thinking of The Concept Car iQ was created
at ED2, automotive hierarchies: small yet spacious, Toyota’s
advanced European design studio premium yet small. Realized through
the in the south of France, working under the vision of an ultra
compact, highly space Toyota design philosophy of Vibrant Clarity –
efficient, environmentally friendly vehicle design that is forward
looking, intelligent and that maximizes the urban lifestyle of
Europe’s energetic while retaining a clarity of purpose
fashionable metropolitan dwellers. and function.
Managing officer of Toyota Motor Corporation’s Design activities,
Wahei Hirai, says:
"The Concept Car iQ is designed to reflect and enhance the lifestyle
of its owners. In an urban environment, people want to express
themselves through dynamic and on-the-edge design, but at the same
time rational factors such as size, functionality and CO2 emissions
cannot be ignored.
Bringing these contradictory aims together in synergy was critical
to the Concept Car iQ, and is a way of thinking we call the
‘J-factor’, a philosophy at the heart of all our activities.”
Just a palm shorter than three meters in length – at 2.98 meters
precisely – the Concept Car iQ is a radical new approach to vehicle
packaging and design. It challenges the current limitations of
ultra-compact urban transport by offering an interior capable of
seating four adults or three adults and luggage space – a unique
versatility within a minimal footprint.
The unveiling of the
Concept Car iQ also reinforces Toyota’s commitment to reducing
vehicle emissions through vehicle concept innovation. With
increasing traffic congestion in urban areas, and rising concerns
about vehicle emissions, the Concept Car iQ presents a change in
vehicle packaging and footprint, to ensure a sustainable future.
Designed for fashion and function
Three elements of
– Dynamic and daring
– Functional and aesthetic interior
Edgy urban colour
All aspects of the
Concept Car iQ are designed to convey a confidence, and vibrance
that belies its size. All are working to give the car energy and
character that will stand out and enhance its high fashion position
in the urban environment.
Within Toyota’s Vibrant Design philosophy three core design values
are utilized to guide the design process:
Perfect Imbalance in its
The exterior is simple
and daring with a stable and robust stance enhanced by the width of
the vehicle contrasting with its short length. In side profile the
ultra-short overhangs and cab-forward silhouette suggest a dynamic
pose but at the same time interior space is kept to a maximum. The
confident character of the front juxtapositions with the small, yet
strong structure give the vehicle an iconic value.
Integrated Component Architecture
Expressing the structure
and construction of the vehicle is vital to keeping the design
simple yet at the same time energized, it also serves to clearly
express the concept of the car. The structures around the 17 inch
tyres form part of the minimal front and rear overhangs, a synergy
that conveys both strength and agility.
In the interior the basic geometric structure of the instrument
panel creates an open and wide environment. The manta-ray-styled
centre console, a simple yet flowing structure that envelops the
instruments to create a clear and vivid focal point. The air
conditioning vents are constructed from a cylindrical form clearly
relating to their function. The overall impression is of components
forming a new emotional expression.
The exterior surfaces of
the Concept Car iQ are almost mathematical in their cleanliness and
precision, but at the same time have movement and emotion to keep
the design fresh and unlikely to date. The character lines of the
window opening flow smoothly and harmonize with the surfaces
In the interior the freeform lines of the manta-ray-styled centre
cluster are echoed in the door
trim. Soft and inviting they encourage touch and contact, a
combination of uncompromised
aesthetics and functionality.
Overall, the Concept Car iQ has an ‘on-theedge’ style ready for the
streets of tomorrow’s urban environment. This sense of vibrant,
urban sub-culture is carried forward by the unique exterior colour;
pearlescent white with flecks of purple shimmer hinting at the
darker interior treatment. The senses are further stimulated by the
touch of the mock snakeskin steering wheel trim, purple interior
trim accents and purple styling themes carried over into the seats,
door trims and dashboard.
Compact but not compromised
– Intelligent use of
– Versatile 3+1 seating
– Fascinating blend of form and function
– Full safety features
The Concept Car iQ sets
out to be, and succeeds, as the world’s smallest premium four seat
passenger concept car. At less than three metres in length (2980mm)
it is 425mm shorter than the Toyota Aygo and more than 770mm shorter
than the Toyota Yaris. Yet, in width and height (1680mm x 1480mm) it
is comparable to Yaris – so the ultra compact exterior dimensions
hide a big interior heart.
At the same time, the Concept Car iQ is versatile and practical. It
will seat four with space for three adults and a child – or the
fourth seat can be utilised for luggage space. To achieve this, a
radical and intelligent 3 + 1 seating concept has been applied. With
a dashboard that swoops away from the front
passenger, this seat has been given extra freedom of movement.
In regular use, driver and passenger sit side by side. But, to
accommodate a third adult or adult and child, the front passenger
seat can be moved in a more forward position allowing more room and
easier access to the rear area.
In addition, extensive use of intelligent, space saving design
themes and miniaturised technology helps maximise space within the
passenger compartment. The ultra-compact heating and ventilation
unit frees up space in the centre console and allows the dashboard
to adopt its unique shape.
Atop the main dashboard sits the instrument pod, dark and mysterious
with the swoops and curves of a manta-ray; its tail flashing in
silver-chrome trim as it reaches down to form the cleanly-styled
centre console. A single central dial provides control of interior
environment with temperature and ventilation displayed on the
central panel, clearly placed in the driver’s eye-line.
The three-dimensional, 3-in-1 display of speed, engine rpm and fuel
status is mounted above the steering column while controls for audio
and navigation functions are on the steering wheel itself. In an
intelligent, hi-tech solution to urban navigation, a stand-alone,
head-up display of the GPS routefinder is placed within the driver’s
vision but is see-through when turned off.
A panoramic glass sun-roof ensures plenty of light and adds to the
sense that passengers are not confined within a conventional
compartment. At night, the darkened interior is mysterious – further
emphasising the high fashion sense of the concept car.
Despite its ultra-compact design, it makes no compromises on safety
in the urban environment. Indeed, safety is at the core of the
concept strategy. A strong passenger compartment safety cell will
ensure optimal impact energy absorption.
In presenting the Concept Car iQ, Toyota reveals an intelligent new
design and technology package – a radical solution to the challenge
of personal urban transport. The Concept Car iQ represents the
ultimate refined urban mode of transport offering a revolutionary
package, intelligent design, and environmental friendliness.