If Honda is the big dog corporation in the motorcycle industry, what is Toyota? In terms of sales, Toyota dwarfs Honda annually.
With the introduction of its i-Road concept at the Geneva Motor Show this week, Toyota signals its willingness to pursue all forms of personal transport devices (here, a three-wheeler) that might prove popular in urban environments. The i-Road is purely electric, not a hybrid, only 850mm wide (as narrow as some motorcycles), and it leans through corners.
The concept puts out just 5 horsepower, or so, and boasts a range of only 30 miles, after which you can charge it using your conventional home outlet.
Described as a “Personal Mobility Vehicle” by Toyota, does the i-Road represent a new frontier for the giant corporation? Time will tell.