2009 Detroit Auto Show: Toyota Bringing Electric City Car

December 22, 2008
2008 Toyota iQ

2008 Toyota iQ

In the briefest of releases, Toyota said today that it's braving the Detroit winter to introduce not only its 2010 Prius (which can't do a lot of things, we hear) but also, a city car powered by electricity.

Here's the release in its entirety:

"Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. will display a battery electric vehicle concept at the 2009 North American International Auto Show. This display marks the world debut of this concept vehicle."

That's it for now, except for the Wall Street Journal speculation that the new car is a battery-powered version of the iQ city car bandied about at the European auto shows this year. The Smart-sized car probably will run about on nickel-metal hydride batteries, sport a range of about 40 miles per gallon, and likely arrive on the market before competitors like the Nissan EV but well after gas hits $1 a gallon again.

While Toyota gets a taste of financial hardship and plots ahead for its Detroit debuts, you can prepare with our 2009 Detroit auto show preview.


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