Toyota i-Road Shows Off Balancing Act

2013 Geneva Auto Show


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    Toyota i-Road Picture

    Toyota i-Road. | March 04, 2013

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2013 Geneva Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • The electric Toyota i-Road concept, which may be the missing link between a motorcycle and a car, debuted at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show.
  • Toyota's new Active Lean technology keeps the car from tipping over when cornering.
  • The Toyota i-Road is not quite 3 feet wide, which makes it easy to park in crowded cities.

GENEVA — The electric Toyota i-Road concept, which may be the missing link between a motorcycle and a car, debuted at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show.

The Toyota i-Road is a three-wheeled vehicle with an enclosed cabin that seats two people in tandem.

"As the driver doesn't have to put his or her feet on the road surface at any time, the i-Road can be fitted with a safer, weatherproof closed body and so can be driven without wearing a helmet," said Toyota in a statement. "This design allows for a more car-like environment on board, with the potential for features such as lighting, heating, audio and Bluetooth to be provided."

The Toyota i-Road is not quite 3 feet wide, which makes it easy to park in crowded cities.

The i-Road is equipped with a lithium-ion battery and two 3-horsepower motors mounted in the front wheels. It has a range of up to 30 miles on a single charge.

Toyota notes that "no special skills are needed to pilot the i-Road." Toyota's new Active Lean technology keeps the car from tipping over when cornering. The system automatically counteracts the centrifugal force of cornering.

No word yet on pricing or production plans for the i-Road.

Edmunds says: Toyota is on the right track with the intriguing i-Road, which looks to be a perfect choice for consumers in emerging markets.

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