Me? I'd take the other Japanese Co disposable econobox with a real trunk an A/C for a cool 5k less.
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life would be better if he had a twin turbo. Or a ****ing pirate
And this car's sales success - like most small cars - really depends on the price of gas.
If gas prices go up again later this years, this car will sell well.
And no- I would not buy this car.
I like clutch pedals.
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The 500 I am driving also has automatic everything, red brake calipers behind aluminum rims, satellite radio, and a sunroof. and a nice interior. I am not familiar with the base level pricing and value on these small cute cars - but don't most of them come with decent base equipment? Not sure the iQ would really stand out, there.
Once US Americans step outside the overwhelmingly present price/volume attitude, my guess is that $1,000 here or there anyway is less important than practicality, a nice interior, and the (somewhat ill-defined) cuteness factor.
Although I have to say, from the looks and questions I am getting, my anecdotal experience is the 500 seems to attract most attention outside a disappointing gap in the 20-40 year old range...
Autoblog (reporting from Toyota press release) says 1.3 liter with CVT. Let's say 98hp, 1900 lbs and you're talking 0-60 at 13 seconds, about a second quicker than the smart fortwo.
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The only real issue with comfort in the smart was that my leg rested against the shifter and the parking brake left an impression on my thigh that I can now use to keep my 12" Subway meatball sub warm until lunch. Oh hell who am I kidding I've never had a sub survive the trip home.
- Why won't [insert manufacturer] sell this [insert sub compact] in the US? Totally unfair, they would sell bucket loads, especially with a diesel and a manual box.
Car introduced at a price that allows for a profit
- Jesus man, its hella expensive, this car should have been like [insert cost price - 40%]. why would I buy this over [insert larger economy car]? I just don't get it. Another screw up by [insert manufacturer]
Like most things, cars have a fixed cost (absolute basics for a car) and the variable costs (size, equipment, quality, spec etc). TCL seems to think if you reduce the size of the car by 20%, you reduce the price by that or more. Its bollocks. You can only get the base cost down so much before you have to go to mad steps. The Tata Nano is proof of this - to get it so cheap it has no bootlid, for gods sake. The Citroen C1 has a tailgate that IS the rear window and the parcel shelf is held by one string.
Its impossible for an IQ to be half the price of a slightly larger rival simply because its half the size.
You see once upon a time we lived on this tiny island with evil overlords. One day we escaped to this gigantic continent, gave the natives small pox and called it home. We're cool like that and like our space. If you want us to go small you have to make it worth our while by saving us BIG money.
This is why the Metro was a success. Why the Yugo even though it was horrific sold oodles and why Hyundai can now charge $70,000 in the USA without getting laughed at. They knew the lesson that Americans can't pass up a bargain. Price it low enough and people will buy it just because "OMG can you believe I got all this car for just $$$$".
At $7999 the iQ could get 25mpg, have a top speed of 70mph and go 0-60 in 18 seconds and we would STILL buy it just because it's cheap.
Last edited by eunos94; 07-14-2011 at 07:55 AM.
Originally Posted by Jezza