Cars

iQ wins again

Another triumph for iQ, this time in Japan’s Consumers’ Choice Awards. iQ romped home in the ECO category, attracting 30,483 votes to beat nine other nominees. It received more than double the votes for the second-placed car. Although iQ narrowly missed out in the Compact category, it took the overall title of Consumer Choice of […]

More things to do with iQ

At the end of last month we were beginning to spot a trend for odd goings on with iQ, what with it driving up buildings and so-on. It seemed to reach an apex this weekend, as iQ celebrated its association with a YouTube Live event in Tokyo. While various people sung, spoke, played instruments or […]

iQ in the UK

iQ is on sale in Japan, and we’ve seen it in India, Paris and Italy (twice). The project has been seen in the UK, but only at the London Design Festival. But in the run up to iQ’s launch, Toyota is taking it around the country. The exclusive video below shows iQ in Manchester. It’s […]

iQ: small, clever, not a kei car

There’s a particularly interesting post over on Wired’s Autopia. It explains the popularity of small cars in Japan, where the streets are crowded and fuel isn’t cheap. Kei cars are one particular class of small car in Japan. They came about after the Second World War, when the Japanese government wanted to give the country’s […]

Car of the Year reaction

Plenty of sites seem to have picked up on iQ’s triumph in Car of the Year Japan. There’s renewed interest from green writers, with thegreencarwebsite.co.uk eagerly awaiting iQ’s 6 January UK launch. Sadly, the 2009 launch rules iQ out for European Car of the Year 2008, but there’s always next year. Meanwhile, Yes Insurance wonders […]

iQ wins Car of the Year Japan

Hot on the heals of scooping the Grand Award in Japan’s Good Design Awards, iQ has won again. This time it’s Car of the Year Japan 2008-2009, an award decided mostly by the country’s motoring journalists. iQ fended off opposition from the other major Japanese car makers to win the overall trophy. Here’s the footage […]

iQ in Milan

After its recent debut at the Paris Motor Show, iQ visits another fashion capital this week for its European press launch. The picture above, snapped by Flickr user Paulo Motta, shows a fleet of iQs receiving some loving attention before being turned over to the waiting motoring press. We’ll be keeping tabs on what they […]

Interior designs

Continuing our occasional posts on design in its wider sense, we’ve been looking at building interiors. Here are a few favourite pictures – all from America, which had quite a week. Interior of the Corning Tower, Empire State Plaza, New York. IMAGE by Flickr user iessi Interior of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum, New York. […]

iQ scoops Good Design Grand Award

A month ago we wrote that iQ was up for the Grand Award in Japan’s Good Design Awards. We’re delighted to report that it won. The Jury had this to say: “The Toyota iQ proposes a new possibility to downsizing of cars with its new, ultra-compact, premium 4-seat automobile design transcending the conventional concept of […]

The rise of the artomobile

Engineers might only need to stroll around a collection of cars to see art, but for others it takes something a bit more special. Enter the art car. People have been decorating cars for almost as long as they’ve been around, but things started to get more interesting in the 1960s. Amid a psychedelic vogue […]

iQ in pictures

Better late than never, Addam has sent us more pictures of iQ in Paris at the time of the motor show. He’s added them to the This is iQ Flickr group, where we hope to collect the best photos of iQ, and the ideas, art and design we like. We’ll feature the best here – […]

Things to do with iQ

iQ’s design makes it pretty flexible. Even so it’s turning up in a few odd places. On Flickr, cava_cavien captured a Toyota event featuring iQ driving up the Sony building in Ginza district, Tokyo. Continuing the vertical theme, another Flickr user spotted iQ parked above an entranceway in Tokyo’s Roppongi Hills development. Things get even […]