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In Holland .. today they stated (them being Toyota), that they will stop the selling of the iQ in holland..due to disappointing selling of the car....

Here: http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.autoweek.nl%2Fnieuws%2F25339%2Ftoyota-stopt-met-iq&h=FAQFlan7o&s=1

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Definitely a shame, though I have to admit that brand new (at least here in the UK) it does feel rather overpriced.

I do love all the toys that come with an iQ2 though, and second hand means it's already depreciated a huge chunk of the original cost leaving me feeling like I got a decent bit of car for the money.

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We've seen the same happen with the Urban Cruiser and the Verso S in the UK.

Models built in Japan and exported to Europe suffer from the poor exchange rate, which makes them expensive, and low sales volumes reduces viability further.

The same reason that Daihatsu pulled the plug on European sales.

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If they pull the plug, I'll be glad as my car will be all the more unique.

Will it help slow the depreciation of a new cat, I doubt, but gives me more reason why I want to keep the car after my PCP ends...

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I wish they did a 1.33 version with basic spec, I would have gone for one of those. Wonder why the 1.33 only comes as highest spec?

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In Holland the 1.3 engine was not easily available... cause this model exceeds the CO2 norm... and thus did get a monthly roadtax... as far as my car and the others, they were free of road tax...

This stops in 2014... and then maybe I can use my trailer and motorbike behind the iQ... Turned out that they forbid pulling with the car, because of this roadtaxfreedom... with a trailer the CO2 emissions would go up / and then the car did not comply to the CO2 rules...

So hopefully next year I can pull my bike on it's trailer...

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? Is it not the case in the whole of the EU that since Toyota did not give Towing Weights when submitting the vehicles for EU type approval,

the cars can not tow trailers, Braked or Un-Braked regardless of any Co2 Emission Changes that might happen.

The EU official MPG/km & Emission Figures are achieved with a car from the Production line that has done at least

3.000 km so considered to be run in before the test, and has nothing to do with the Emissions while vehicles are or could be towing.

eg, this is the Skoda Statement.

http://www.skoda.co.uk/fuel-consumption-statement

george

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Nope....sorry George..but no.

In the last talk with the RDW (Dutch governement service to do with the law according the road / like changing the car for TAXI or Funeral type building) they said that this was the point.

This is after a very lot (A LOT) of letters and mail between / Toyota Europe and / "Thule" the maker of the hook / and the RDW who tests the car for approval of any changes..

It all has been...NO the car can not handle this / NO the pulling hook can not do this / NO it is not allowed by law / NO it is not confirm the European agreements / NO NO and NO...

There is a light at the end yonder....

But then... In Germany it is allowed... YES... and the pulling hook is from the company "Rameder"... that makes like a one on one copy of the Dutch Thule one...

It it allowed in Germany with a European Certification... soooo... :-)

Toyota says that the iQ can handle this..the chassis is OK for this .. about 500 kilo breaked and 350 notbreaked.... about. But the law...sorry.. you will get a fine...sorry.

SO... the car can handle this / the pullinghook can handle this... now the agreement by the RDW...

Maybe next year 2014 when the benefits for the low CO2 gets stopped...

Anyways.... I hope to pull my motor on the trailer next year...

Here the German information... 550 kilo to pull... http://www.kupplung.de/Anhaengerkupplungen.html

Details here: http://www.kupplung.de/Anhaengerkupplungen/Anhaengerkupplung-abnehmbar-Automatik-von-unten-gesteckt-103641-08046-1.html

And look at Anhångerlast..... this means the capacity of the trailerweight.

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Pretty much why the UK Government drag their heels on imposing rules and regulations here that the EU try to impose on us.

They do their own thing in their own countries but are saying we should all toe the line..

The Germans are the ones now making others drop the already planned for future Emissions on vehicles because the German Manufacturers are not going to be able to meet them and keep sales of their high emission oversized barges of cars.

Scotland is spending on Electric charging points every 50 miles supposedly

We do have lots of Renewable Electricity we produce or have the capacity to produce that goes unused..

Already enough Hydro & now Wind farms all over the place,

So there are lots of free charging points now in Glasgow, mostly because the Commonwealth Games are there next year. But they are unlikely to admit thats why.

http://glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=10432

http://eva-scotland.org

george

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"In total, the new sites will be able to accommodate 22 cars at a time" I guess you have to start somewhere, but the thought occurs that in a city of 600K+, 22 charging stations isn't exactly massive coverage...

And then of course "The council is funding the electricity"... good to know there's nothing better they could be doing with the money like tacking deprivation in the city or anything!

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It is in a country of 5.3 Million people, and those are not all car owners or users.

London alone has a population of 8.3 million..

But the City of Glasgow has a good public transport system and needs the car/vehicle and pollution problem addressed.

Just outside Glasgow there is a wind farm covering an area greater than Glasgow producing Electricity that is only having a tiny percentage of it being used, so wasted in the main.

The same has happened all around Scotland, Wind Farms built to meet the Renewables that the UK signed up to, yet seldom much goes south because the National Grid has not been modernised yet,

and the Power produced in not required in Scotland at present, so again wasted.

The Scottish Government have already announced the proposed date for there being no Internal Combustion engine vehicles entering the city centres of Edinburgh & Glasgow.

64 Charging Points & 52 Operated by the City Council. & thats increasing quickly.

People that charge their vehicles at home or work and commute or travel for work may not need to use Public Charging points, so as more vehicles are used within Cities, it does not necessarily mean that will be evident

by Public Charging point usage.

http://www.glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=10428

http://www.scotborders.gov.uk/info/1523/transport_and_streets/1279/electric_vehicles

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