2012 Tokyo Auto Salon: Toyota showcases GRMN iQ 130G MT and Vitz Turbo Concept

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 13, 2012

Toyota is showcasing its new interpretations of its vehicle models ranging from off-the-wall concepts to race-tuned specials at the 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon. The event is considered the largest custom car show in the world. A variety of new concept vehicles from some of the leading design and race engineering companies are revealed at the show.

GRMN -- Gazoo Racing tuned by MN -- is revealing a second-generation iQ Supercharger prototype, a model set for a limited (100 units) production run this year. A further development of the supercharged 1.33-litre engine runs the vehicle, delivering 180Nm and 128bhp (95kW). The engine was previously utilized by GRMN in the iQ 130G MT.

The vehicle also boasts of a six-speed close-ratio transmission, sports suspension, uprated brakes and a tuned dual exhaust system. In addition, the automobile has a new appearance, thanks to a full body kit which includes rear spoiler, 16-inch Enkei alloys and sports seats and instrumentation.

GRMN is also building a Turbo Concept on the Yaris. The concept is based on the three-door Yaris, which is called Vitz in Japan. It is equipped with 1.5-litre, a 178bhp (132kW) turbocharged engine. It is also built to be track-prepared with revised suspension, 18-inch rims and improved brakes.

Toyota started a programme 5 years ago that will significantly change its vehicle packaging. The brand focused on technologically advanced solutions to reduce the size of the vehicle’s basic features. This led to the development of Toyota iQ at the very least.

The company aimed to create a new breed of city car that can sit four passengers within the vehicle’s less than 3metre overall length. Apparently, the outcome became one of Toyota’s inspirations for future development particularly when it comes to small vehicle segment.

To begin with, Toyota iQ represents an environment friendly car with refined features. It comes with a very unique interior space measuring 1,680mm wide, 1,500mm tall and 2,985 long. The Toyota Design and Engineering team couldn’t be more proud since it also pays tribute to their clever skills and strong determination.

Nonetheless, Toyota’s J-factor heritage may have also played an important role in iQ’s overall development. After all, the best elements of Japanese design have a lot to do with “modernism” and “miniaturization”. It’s something that represents contemporary with human touch or may be compact but is also spacious in every sense of the word.

The J-factor is part of Toyota’s “Vibrant Clarity” design principle, which involves solving the most illogical idea for a vehicle. And with that, they have a fusion of ingenious, rational, energised and dynamic principles altogether. Freeform Geometrics is also among the 3 major factors of Vibrant Clarity and is depicted on Toyota iQ’s “manta ray” inspired centre console.

Imagine such a small car that can sit three adults and 1 child comfortably while safely driving along the busy highways. These are just some of Toyota iQ’s amazing features that’s hard to miss. If there’s anything more to say, iQ’s compact yet athletic stance beneath the 2,000mm wheelbase further proves how the Japanese car brand has finally created a unique and smart vehicle for the city.

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