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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 cars were sold and marketed 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. Takara Tomy has collaborated with the Japanese car manufacturer Subaru to bring out Choro-Q versions of well-known Subaru models. Some popular Subaru models of Choro-Q include the The Subaru R2, the Subaru Impreza Rally Car (GC), the Subaru Legacy Touring Wagon (BH), and the 2000 Subaru Legacy Touring Wagon (BH5). Some of the characters from the Choro-Q video games also use Subaru car bodies including Daktan, Luke, and Zamatch.


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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 Subaru has worked with Takara Tomy to produce Choro-Q toys based on Subaru models of car. Some examples of Choro-Q Subaru models include the Subaru 360, the Subaru Impreza WRX STi 026, the Subaru Impreza WRX STi (GC8), and the 2000 Subaru Legacy.