• Jan 21, 2011
Scion iQ - Click above for high-res image gallery

Word on The Internets is that the Scion iQ won't be hitting our shores anytime soon. The pint-sized hatch was originally supposed to arrive here in the United States by March of this year, but GreenCarReports.com has indicated that the city car may not arrive until sometime this summer. The move is thought to be as much about production delays as marketing. Scion has said that it wanted to give the 2011 tC enough time to have the company's stage all to itself without having the limelight stolen away by its newest sibling.

At the same time, the company said that the first prototypes from Japan were a few months late in arriving and that the delay pushed back the production schedule. Whatever the hold up, buyers clamoring for a competitor to the Smart ForTwo will have to wait a few more months for the pleasure of grabbing the keys to a Scion iQ. As of this writing, there's no telling whether the car will show up as a 2011 model as first thought or whether it will be labeled a 2012 when it finally shows up.



[Source: GreenCarReports.com]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      I dunno, it's kind of cute car... Not one that I would EVER drive personally, but I'm fine with more and more people going this direction.

      It reminds me of a personal mobility pod.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'll wait for the Aston version.

      ... then skip that too.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I thought this was interesting,cute car that replaces smart but now um...um...;;;;;;;;;;-_-
        did the car changed?why is it boring for me now?interior is great...hmm...I don't think they would sell much as they expected.New cars that attract people are coming everyday recently and wait this until summer?I would wait for the aston version too but isn't aston's iq requires buying a DB9 first?
        it is expensive too.I wouldn't mind having less luxurious on the interior.
        • 3 Years Ago
        your loss ...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Please car gods, delay it indefinitely or cancel it. Please!!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      OMG MY EYES!!! Who barfed on 4 tires and called this a car?!! It looks like a corolla was smashed from both ends, lol.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Car is actually pretty interesting if you learn about all of the engineering that went into it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't need or want a hardtop wheelchair.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just saw a new report that projects gas prices up to $3.50 to $3.75 by spring... I think some people might get past the "cuteness" factor and considering driving something like this, at least for commuting.
        • 3 Years Ago
        $3.50?
        Gas prices already are almost at $3.50 and we are only a month into winter. We'll be lucky if they don't hit $4.00 by spring time.
        • 3 Years Ago
        ...and who knows how high they will go as we start to exit the recession.

        They don't have an official MPG number on this car yet, but Toyota is saying 'mid 30's average', which is quite good.
        I think this is going to be one of the most liveable b-segment cars we'll have available to us; being slightly wider than a Yaris and all that.

        A car like this, if you could live with it, would be a fantastic investment if you can't afford a hybrid. I'm real interested in test driving one myself.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The IQ is a brilliant little car and the fact that it will come in different applications proves the versatility of such a little matchbox. Toyota sells it in Europe as the IQ, sales in North America will be as a Scion, Aston Martin will soon release it's example known as the Cygnet and ofcourse there has been the showcasing of different modified versions including the GRMN at the Tokyo Auto Salon.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Just telling it the way it is. Besides ... been a very, very long time to be able to give anything from General Motors or Chrysler a raving review. And lets not hastely forget about the $60 billion investment from the US Government to stop GM from becoming non-exsist. Personally, i wouldn't have bothered !!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Toyota could take two tons of cow manure, wrap it in steel, stick a stereo on it and Shane would give a glowing review on Toyota's fragrant technology.
        Oh, wait! They already make that car. It's called a Tundra.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yea...(rolls eyes)
      • 3 Years Ago
      I marvel at the crash test comments - armchair experts out there, LOL.

      I have appraised collision damage to vehicles now for 30 years, for the most part size does not matter, it is all in the design and materials used. Case in point: I have seen occupants in full sized trucks sustain way more personal injury than those it collided with in a modern unibody well designed passenger car. I bet this iQ will do great in the IIHS crash tests and it should prove to be a hot seller in the segment. I managed body shops 10 years and found it interesting that bodymen always preferred to repair either a toyota or a honda becuase of the way they were put together and how nice they are to work on.

      When I asked the question what is your last choice of vehicle to perform bodys repairs on? GM. When a GM car got towed into the shop the bodymen would frown about who would have to fix it. When a honda - toyota came in they would smile. if I was unhappy with an employee or if I was breaking in a new one and wanted to test his team spirit, I would say "pull that Sedan deVille in your stall"
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can't wait for people to try and replicate the Aston Martin Cygnet frond end as a kit for this little thing
        • 3 Years Ago
        Heck if it comes to that I would buy one if A body kit hit's the web.
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Scion has said that it wanted to give the 2011 tC enough time to have the company's stage all to itself without having the limelight stolen away by its newest sibling."

      That is the biggest load of corporate PR BS I have ever heard, people who buy this are stupid.

      How can two vehicles that aren't even in the same segment, and wouldn't even be cross-shopped compete with eachother's attention? The more news the better....
        • 3 Years Ago
        And the sad thing, this is probably the most exciting Toyota car in years (ridiculously priced LFA doesn't count)
        • 3 Years Ago
        They are still testing this thing for America. Up here in Fairbanks, AK there is one cruising around with camo on the front end. It was stopped in front of a sushi shop and I snapped a couple pics on my blackberry for conversations sake.
        • 3 Years Ago
        How about the ridiculously-priced Aston-Martin variant?
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm really looking forward to this car.
      Tom Paul
      • 3 Years Ago
      Back again... it's the Beetle reincarnated.
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