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Toyota Motor Corporation and Toyota Motor Sales & Marketing has premiered the “TOYOTA i-ROAD’” the ultra-compact, tandem two-seater electric vehicle at the 83rd Geneva International Motor Show held from March 7th through 17th.

The TOYOTA i-ROAD is developed under the theme of compact and refreshing mobility and designed to suit short-distance urban travel while offering an enjoyable, environmentally-friendly mobility. It is not offered just as a product but as one of the solutions for realizing the next-generation smart community.

Toyota has been researching and implementing environmentally-friendly mobility solutions for over 40 years. Whilst Hybrid Vehicles (HV), Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) and Fuel Cell Vehicles (FCV) are ideal for mainstream use over mid to long distances, Toyota believes in the feasibility of Personal Mobility Vehicles (PMV) including Electric Vehicles (EV) as one mode of urban transportation for shorter distances.

Through over 10 years of the research and development of PMVs, the concept of “seeking to stay closely to people” has been developed. Evolving this concept, the development of the TOYOTA i-ROAD had begun in July 2010.

The ultra-compact body offers excellent maneuverability. Requiring no special driving skills, a new, entirely intuitive active-lean system provides great response and an exhilarating driving experience.

The three-year collaborative car-sharing project will start by the end of 2014 in Grenoble, France. Toyota plans to supply nearly 70 ultra-compact electric vehicles, including the COMS ultra-compact vehicle produced by Toyota Auto Body, as well as a new vehicle based on the TOYOTA i-ROAD. For future establishment of the next-generation smart community, Toyota will accelerate research and development toward the practical adoption of the TOYOTA i-ROAD.

The TOYOTA i-ROAD makes an appearance with rhythmic music and dancing performance. It swiftly turns corners and smoothly makes a run to the main stage, demonstrating exhilarating driving.


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