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Choro-Q is a line of chibi-fied toy cars, first produced by Takara Tomy (then known just as Takara) in 1978. Choro-Q toy cars were sold under the name "Penny Racers" in Western markets. Choro-Q toy cars are identified by their rounded and "cute" appearance and are usually based on real car models. Over the years. Takara Tomy collaborated with the Japanese car manufacturer Honda many times to bring out Choro-Q versions of well-known Honda models. Some popular Honda models of Choro-Q include the Honda Z (PA1), the Honda S800, the Honda Vamos, and the Honda CR-V. Some of the characters from the Choro-Q video games also use Honda car bodies including Luluza, Teacher Kaina, Thurm, Emily, and Chitol.


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The name Choro-Q comes from the Japanese word "choro-choro", which is the onomatopoeic word for "dash around". The "Q" is an abbreviation of the English word "cute". The Choro-Q designs are heavily based on illustrations by Yasuhiro Nakamura, who also designed the covers for books and video games in the Choro-Q franchise. The Choro-Q toy cars have large rubber wheels and a coil-spring pullback motor.

The Choro-Q video games based on the mini-racers were extremely popular and were localized into English under several different names including Gadget Racers, Penny Racers, and Road Trip. Some popular Choro-Q video games include Choro-Q 64, Choro 64 2: Hachamecha Grand Prix Race, Choro-Q HG, and Shin Combat Choro-Q.
The Japanese car manufacturer Honda has worked with Takara Tomy to produce Choro-Q toys based on Honda models of car. Some examples of Choro-Q Honda models include the Honda CR-X, the Honda S-MX, the Honda Civic (EG), the Honda Stepwagon (RF1/RF2), and the Honda HR-V (GH).