iQ on Wallpaper

iQ’s not short of good reviews, but we’re pleased to see that interest isn’t just limited to the motoring press. For Wallpaper, Jonathan Bell wrote up his experience of iQ and its Milan press launch. Reflecting on iQ’s form he wrote: As a piece of design the iQ is far more coherent than, say, a […]

iQ – inspired by nature

Stimulated by an interesting post about Biomimicry on sustainable design blog Inhabitat, we thought it was time to reflect on the design philosophy behind iQ. Biomimicry is a design discipline that seeks sustainable solutions by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies. The core idea is that nature, imaginative by necessity and with 3.8 billion years […]

Fashioning a name

Last week we linked to some of iQ’s reviews. We’ve been tagging more. You can find them all in our Delicious bookmarks, but highlights include Andrew Frankel’s warm review in The Times, a good write-up in Scotland on Sunday and a glowing review in today’s Hamilton Advertiser. All three reviewers agree that iQ’s design turned […]

iQ – first drives

Earlier in the month we wrote about iQ’s Milanese press launch. A couple of weeks on, we’re starting to see ‘first drive’ reviews appearing, and the reaction’s been rather good. Channel 4 talked of iQ’s ‘packaging genius’ and its ‘astonishing’ attention to detail, noting that a 99g/km CO2 rating exempted it from road tax. Writing […]

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 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. […]