Small cars are the perfect one for crowded cities. Expecially when you work for local authorities or police forces. Toyota UK will supply a number of 45 iQ for the Traffic Enforcement Systems that are responsible for traffic regulation and community safety.

Even if just a demonstrator car, the iQ will be equipped with a range of mobile CCTV and GPS systems, thermal-imaging cameras and numberplate-readers.

The iQ surveillance cars will be powered by a 1.0-litre engine coupled with the automatic transmission.

Press release after the jump.

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Press release

A supplier of traffic-surveillance cars to local authorities and police forces has started trialling Toyota iQs, with a view to replacing its current small-car fleet.

Capacity and reliability of the small three-door hatchbacks are key attractions for Traffic Enforcement Systems, of Pulloxhill in Bedfordshire. At present TES operates 45 Smart Cars, which are hired out to bodies responsible for traffic regulation and community safety. The vehicles are fitted with a range of mobile CCTV and GPS systems, and specialist equipment such as thermal-imaging cameras or numberplate-readers may also be fitted.

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In search of a small car with greater payload and space, TES has now bought and fitted out a Toyota iQ 1.0-litre automatic as a customer demonstrator, and has just ordered a second vehicle. “We’re getting a lot of good reviews at the moment,” says Managing Director Clive Paul. “Manchester Police, for example, are very keen to take the prototype for a full trial, and if they like it they’ll switch to iQs. We have also shown it to Devon & Cornwall Police, who were very impressed and have been in contact with TES to arrange a long-term trial.”

“The most important thing about the iQ is that it can carry more weight,” says Mr Paul. “At present, when carrying all the equipment and two operators we’re right on the borderline. We‘ve been having to make everything with aluminium to reduce weight, which adds substantially to our costs.”

The iQ solves this problem, as its gross vehicle weight is 150kg higher at 1200kg. “Manchester Police say they like the idea of being able to carry two operators, because with all their body armour and so on, at present they can carry only one. Police officers also tend to be over 6ft tall, so they can often use only women officers in the cars. The iQ has loads more space than the Smart Car.”

Weight and space are not the only considerations. “It’s very important that we offer manoeuvrable small cars that can enforce traffic regulations without being an obstruction themselves,” says Mr Paul. “Also, councils are extremely eco-conscious.” The Toyota iQ 1.0-litre with multidrive returns 60mpg combined, with CO2 emissions of 110g/km. “We specify automatics because we have a lithium-ion battery in the back powered from the alternator, and the automatic has a larger alternator,” explains Mr Paul.

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Surveillance and other equipment specified by customers can weigh around 60kg, and installation involves stripping out the car’s interior, including back seats, running in cabling, adding reinforcement for the roof-mast and installing a compressor. Fitting-out, which can take up to five weeks, is carried out at TES’s Pulloxhill base, as is routine servicing and maintenance of equipment. Maintenance and servicing of vehicles would be undertaken by Toyota.

With the reliability of modern camera systems, Clive Paul says that TES needs a car to match, to ensure that costly downtime is minimised. “Toyota has the reputation for reliability we need,” he says. TES replaces its vehicles over two to three years, with 10,000 as the standard mileage.

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10 comments:

  (595) posted on 01.24.2012

I would agree that small cars are perfect for crowded cities, but I doubt that this surveillance car could be reliable in helping our authorities in fighting crimes in the city.

  (328) posted on 08.17.2011

I really love the styling of this car and I would say that its better compare to Smart car! I wonder if civilian can purchase this car?

  (399) posted on 08.17.2011

hmm. It seems that this production vehicle was made for exclusivity. I guess this would be a best choice for police officer. Hell, the high technology here is quite great!

  (238) posted on 06.15.2011

You can’t blamed those person if they call this one as a Smart car. Well, it really looks like one. I think this is just a copy cat version and a pointless creation! I think this car is for special purpose only and not advice to be used daily.

  (1211) posted on 03.7.2011

I hate when haters says a lot bad about this car. Well in the fact that its not launched yet. Some mistakenly call this a new SMART brand. At least Toyota has an idea unlike German cars that doesn’t know any about HYBRIDS!

  (449) posted on 03.4.2011

I admit that I have little desire on Volkswagen New Beetle I better choose this one though.

  (409) posted on 03.4.2011

wow! That’s awesome. I think Toyota IQ is going to compete with the Smart ForTwo. The regular model was ok for me but the convertible looks ugly!

  (571) posted on 12.27.2009

The Toyota iQ traffic-surveillance car represents a supplier’s initiative to replace the current 45 small-car fleet belonging to the local authorities.

  (808) posted on 12.22.2009

I’m curious on this Toyota car. IQ surveillance car? Quite amazing because it may help our crime defenders to be at ease on their work for traffic purposes and community service. I’m impressed on this one. Good work Toyota.

  (1333) posted on 12.7.2009

4 wheel is better than 2 wheel iQ is really fitted in UK because of tight streets, crowded streets and tight corner turns. For sure euro traffic will regulate properly with this Toyota iQ. And this is safer than the motor Cycles.

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