Toyota iQ and Urban Cruiser: Toyota to launch ‘green’ minicar and SUV at Geneva Auto Show

toyota-iq-concept-2007-732359Japanese carmaker Toyota plans to introduce two new cars aimed at reducing Toyota’s average CO2 emissions in Europe during the upcoming Geneva Auto Show in Switzerland. The iQ minicar and the Urban Cruiser small SUV are expected to debut at the Geneva auto show which starts March 4, 2008. The iQ will be Toyota’s smallest model, positioned below the Aygo minicar.

The secone car, the Urban Cruiser is Toyota’s first entry in the small SUV segment in Europe. The five-door Urban Cruiser is based on the Japan-only Ist and U.S.-only Scion xD. It should go on sale in Europe in early 2009. Despite its green image due to its gasoline hybrid cars, Toyota still trails much greener automakers, such as PSA/Peugeot-Citroen and Fiat.

The Ist and xD share a platform with the Yaris small car. Toyota previewed the Urban Cruiser with a concept with the same name at the 2006 Geneva auto show.

Toyota has very ambitious goals for the Eurpean market: The carmaker wants to sell more than 1.3 million Toyota-brand cars in Europe, including Russia and Turkey, by 2009, up from 1.18 million last year.

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