• Jan 27th 2011 at 9:52AM
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Late last week, the interwebs lit up with rumors that Toyota was delaying the launch of the Scion iQ. Word was that the iQ's U.S. debut, which had been set for March of this year, was going to be pushed back until sometime this summer. Well, it's official. Toyota has confirmed the iQ's is going to be a bit late to the urban car party.

Toyota spokesman Greg Thome stated that the iQ's delay is necessary to "space out the new product launches, giving more time for the all-new tC, which went on sale in October, to be in the spotlight." Thome added that the iQ's late launch has nothing to do with the fact that the first batch of Scion's city car prototypes arrived from Japan a couple of months behind schedule. Look for the iQ to hit dealerships, either as a 2011 or 2012 model, by the end of summer.

[Source: Toyota, GreenCarReports]

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      • 8 Months Ago
      Meh. Who cares?
        • 8 Months Ago
        People that were planning to buy one in March?
        • 8 Months Ago
        my inner-city-dwelling GF is really looking forward to this car...

      • 8 Months Ago
      2 Wheeled Menace is not gonna be happy, lol

      I sat in one of these at the Detroit auto show, and it's a neat little car. The back seat can actually fit 2 adults, albeit not comfortably, but that's more than can be said for cars like the Audi TT and my Gen 7 Celica.

      • 8 Months Ago
      I was in Europe April 2010 and saw hundreds of the iQ's and really want one. I bought the first 2004 xB in Punta Gorda, Florida, after I saw it twice in Japan before they brought it to the U.S. I'm disappointed that Scion used a lame excuse to start selling this summer. I was ready to buy the first iQ. Now that I see other cars getting around 40mpg, I'm having second thoughts. Maybe they posponed to get better mileage as auto media were reporting the U.S. version would be in the high 30's highway. Not Acceptable. Great car though.
      • 8 Months Ago
      The Toyota iQ was a compelling car when it debuted TWO YEARS AGO. But Toyota dragged their feet bringing it to the States, so that now it will face competition from newer models like the Ford Fiesta and Mazda 2 that, in addition to offering great gas mileage, have more doors and/or usable space.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Toyota already have a competitor in that market: the Yaris. The iQ is even smaller, a competitor to the Smart fortwo.
      • 8 Months Ago
      HA! I cry shenanigans!

      No company in their right mind would sacrafice sales for this reason. Toyota is lying - there's some other reason for the delay.

      Isn't it the same as saying "we're willing to lose a few months of sales in order to space out the new product launches, giving more time for the all-new tC, which went on sale in October, to be in the spotlight."

        • 8 Months Ago
        Maybe it is being pushed back so they can fill a production run for the Aston Martin Cygnet? It would make sense to produce the higher cost/higher profit margin version first.
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