Whatever they have going in in Nice must be interesting from a cultural perspective. I had read once about how Toyota's design sensibilities infused decisions on the iQ. Apparently this sensibility is also informed by a Europe-centric perspective as well.
I also read that the iQ's length would put it in the kei car category in Japan, but the width of the car would not. Surely this is an accomodation for the world market...a necessary one, I think.
Yes, I can remember the R5 or Le Car, falling apart as you drove it off the dealer's lot.
It is not one of those cars you ever see on the road today.
Just this morning, I saw a Datsun 210 on the way to work. It was a mid 70's model and it looked brand new. I see lots of older VW's, Toyota's, Datsun's and Honda's but never a Renault, Alfa, Fiat or Peugeot.