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Old 10-19-2008, 10:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Toyota to build a modern day Metro?

Anyone heard of the Toyota iQ? Sounds very promising:

Toyota iQ Aims at Smart Fortwo- Yahoo! Autos Article Page

A four seater that is about the size of a Smart, with a 1 Litre 3 banger or a 1.4 Litre diesel


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Old 10-19-2008, 10:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Its being built as we speak. Its going to be released in Europe and I believe Asia.
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Old 10-19-2008, 10:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It may well be sold in the USA as a Scion model -- check other threads here on EM.
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Old 10-19-2008, 10:23 PM   #4 (permalink)
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.299 Cd! So much for "fineness ratios".

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Old 10-20-2008, 12:16 AM   #5 (permalink)
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If they brought the diesel out, it might actually be the first time I consider buying a toyota. I wont get my hopes up, great ideas/projects seem to fall through all the time.
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Old 10-21-2008, 12:32 PM   #6 (permalink)
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.299 Cd! So much for "fineness ratios".
haha marketing... When you think about it, car makers touting Cd without mentioning total frontal area is almost a meaningless index for the consumer's purposes. What consumers really need is a new index that combines the two numbers that more directly relates to total drag at say, 65mph (or pick a speed). I don't ever recall seeing total frontal area stats for a given model unless I dig, deep.

Still, a good direction to be headed if you sell cars for a living. Large firm selling tested crashworthy car that get great FE... what a concept! But will the general population buy or rent them?
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Old 10-21-2008, 12:38 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I'm sure you'd all rip apart the wheel wells and grill on that car for better Cd. CdA would be an excellent stat to list on cars. But i suppose in the real world, that is what EPA Highway rating is for.
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Old 10-21-2008, 12:48 PM   #8 (permalink)
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FYI, I made this a while back. Its still lacking in info, but its a start.


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