There it is, posing by the Seine on the Quai de la Tournelle early on a Paris Sunday morning. It's a 2009 Toyota iQ.
Well, the name strikes me as being utterly unimaginative. That's because it was intended to compete with Daimler-Benz's Smart Fortwo. And the name "Smart" also strikes me as being condescending. That is, you are a half-brain-dead idiot if you fail to discern the wonderfulness of this tiny example of fatal-collision bait. (Yes, I know Smarts were given crash tests, but I'd hate to be in one getting smashed by a camion at 130 kph on an Autoroute.)
Anyway. Given that the Smart brand had been around since 1998, one might think that, ten years later when the iQ was introduced, Toyota marketing management would have come up with a non-aping, more creative model name. As it stands, iQs are no longer on the new car market, production having ended March 2016.
Smarts continue in production, but have never sold well in the United States. Their natural habitat is a large city such as Paris where street parking is hard to find for standard cars, but occasional small spots might be found that would accommodate tiny cars.
This post presents the second Smart version, produced 2007-2014, as compared to the iQ that was produced 2008-2016. Due to their very small size, there was little for stylist to work with when designing them.