Toyota iQ and the Aston Martin Cygnet | Hybrid Smart Cars

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Toyota iQ and the Aston Martin Cygnet

A Tale of Two Electric Vehicles-The Toyota iQ debuted at the 2008 Geneva Auto Show. A Microcar that challenges the Smart Fortwo, it is awarded as the Japanese Car of the Year. The name iQ as actually an acronym of sorts.

The i stands for individuality, innovation, and intelligence, and Q stands for quality and the car#8217;s cubic shape.

Compactness and cabin space are all maximized by these specific factors: a newly-developed differential, a center take-off steering gear, rear-angled shock absorbers, a smaller air conditioning unit, an asymmetric dashboard, and a slimmer seat design.

In addition, various safety innovations such as airbags, traction control, and anti-lock brakes enable this car to score high safety ratings. In fact, the iQ got 5 out of 5 stars in the Euro NCAP, a safety assessment program for new cars.

The iQ is powered by 3 different engines: a 998cc ICE, a 1332cc gas engine, and a 1364cc clean diesel engine. All 3 models are critically acclaimed for their low carbon dioxide emissions as well as their great fuel economy. In relation to this, an electric version of the Toyota iQ is in the works.

Based on the FT-EV, an electric vehicle concept based on the iQ, is scheduled to be released as part of Toyota#8217;s plans to produce a small electric vehicle by 2012.

The batteries for this car, produced in collaboration with Panasonic, provide the car a range of up to 93 miles. Its recent partnership with Tesla Motors can only help with the advancement of this project.

Toyota and Aston Martin collaborated on building a car called the Aston Martin Cygnet. The Cygnet, according to Aston Martin CEO Ulrich Bez, demonstrates the company#8217;s #8220;commitment to innovation and integrity, whist respecting the need to satisfy demands of emissions and space#8221;.

Based on the Toyota iQ, it is made to enable Aston Martin to comply with the European Union#8217;s fleet average emission standards that will take place in 2012.

The Cygnet bodies were supplied by Toyota Motor Europe NV/SA in Belgium, while trimming is done at Aston Martin#8217;s Gaydon factory. With demand from existing Aston Martin owners to be prioritized, this car would be initially available only in the UK, then the market coverage would be gradually expanded.

As part of Aston Martin#8217;s continuing pursuit of lowering its overall emissions, an electric version of the Cygnet is scheduled to come out of the market 1 year after the release of the Toyota iQ EV. Expected to be released by 2013 (if the iQ EV#8217;s 2012 release date will be followed, it is loaded with the same qualities found in the gasoline version.

This car is a proof that the manufacturer known for its unique sports cars is fully into the development of an all-electric city car while satisfying Aston Martin clientele.

The Toyota iQ EV and the Aston Martin Cygnet EV are two very different electric cars sharing one platform and one goal. That is to provide zero-emission transportation in a tiny package that can stand out on the crowd.

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