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27 Mar

Toyota i-Road Is Super Compact And Super Cute: Is This The Car Of The Future?

If you've ever dreamed of driving a tricycle-motorcycle-Smart car hybrid, here's your chance.

Toyota first unveiled its i-Road concept vehicle at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show and beginning this week, drivers in Japan are testing the car on the streets of Tokyo.

Here's a look at the three-wheeled electric vehicle in action:

Available in five colors, the i-Road weighs just over 600 pounds, measures under three feet wide and can travel about 31 miles on a single charge.

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Toyota describes the i-Road as "combining the convenience of a motorcycle with the comfort and stability of a car" and we have to admit that the super-compact car looks stylish gliding through the streets of a charming European town.

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The i-Road "is likely to become a serious mass market alternative to the motorcycle," claims Gizmag, although Car and Driver cautions the car could have "far more success in Europe and Japan than here, though, if it ever were to go into production, thanks to the variously tight parking conditions, congested urban centers, and strict emissions regulations."

Earlier this week, we saw the spacesuit of the future. Could the i-Road be the car of the future?

Would you drive an i-Road?

Love cars? Watch how dream cars go from factory to showroom floor:

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