Early indications are that the iconic Toyota iQ is already
becoming more to its owners than purely transportation.
A good example of this is desert adventurer and author Tom
Sheppard who, when he is not travelling across the Sahara or
writing his new book “Quiet for a Tuesday,” is designing a
unique colour scheme for his own iQ. Mocked-up on his computer
and precisely executed by GSK Bodyworks, round the corner from
his local Toyota Centre in Luton, it has generated nods and
smiles from passers-by. Ex-RAF test-pilot Sheppard says the iQ’s
originality, engineering and detail design warms the cockles of
his perfectionist, nit-picking heart.
‘Clean, green and mean. A minimal planet/wallet-impact
coefficient,’ he says with a straight face. ‘Or to put it
another way, 99g/km CO2, no road tax and 67.57mpg on
my last tank-full isn’t bad for openers! I love it!’
is working on a range of accessories that will soon enable
owners to customise their own iQ’s.