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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. The Choro-Q models are identified by their rounded and "cute" appearance and are usually based on real car models. Takara Tomy has collaborated with the Japanese car manufacturer Mitsubishi to bring out Choro-Q versions of well-known Mitsubishi models. Some popular Mitsubishi models of Choro-Q include the Mitsubishi FTO, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, and the Mitsubishi Pajero (V80). Some of the characters from the Choro-Q video games also use Mitsubishi car bodies including Larc, Roberts, Batelie, and Gichi.


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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 Mitsubishi has worked with Takara Tomy to produce Choro-Q toys based on Mitsubishi models of car. Some examples of Choro-Q Mitsubishi models include the Mitsubishi Lancer Wagon, the Mitsubishi Galant VR-4, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI, and the 2000 Mitsubishi Fuso Aero Star MP637K.