• Apr 21, 2011
2012 Scion iQ – Click above for high-res image gallery

The Scion iQ will be getting the States even later than we thought, thanks to Toyota's parts supply woes. According to TheDetroitBureau.com, Scion now says the microcar, which was supposed to bow late this summer, has been postponed indefinitely.

Scion brass won't speculate on when the iQ will actually be launched, which makes sense since Toyota hasn't yet figured out when it can resume a full production schedule post-earthquake. The current word is that North America's iQ might not hit dealers until early 2012. This postponement marks the second time Scion has delayed the iQ's launch, and the third time the company has reportedly changed its mind about the car's on-sale timing.

Whenever it does appear on our shores, the tiny tot will look to pick up where the Smart ForTwo trailed off, with a raft of features you wouldn't expect in a diminutive econobox. Chief among those will be no fewer than 11 airbags, including rear-curtain units to protect passengers in a rear-end collision.



Photos by Drew Phillips / Copyright ©2011 AOL

[Source: TheDetroitBureau.com]


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      morirec
      • 3 Years Ago
      pretty good car for the housewives to buy vegetables every morning. certainly, an EV at this size may be better for this purpose.
      Jason Keiter
      • 3 Years Ago
      not much you can do about the earthquake issues. I dont think anyone was on the edge of their seat waiting of this though
      Harry
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well that sucks :( I was really looking forward to this!
      longducdong
      • 3 Years Ago
      So I take it the Aston Martin is delayed, too, naturally?
      Logan Wild
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sorry biggest waste of money ever! Why would I want to drop 15K to 20K for a IQ or Smartcar and buy a Honda Fit that gets the same MPG and can actually hold groceries or pick someone up from the airport
        dreadcthulhu01
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Logan Wild
        The only good reason to get one of these tiny cars is if you live in a city with really crappy parking. As you said, a sub-compact like the Fit or Fiesta is a much better deal. Hell, even some of the normal compacts like the new Focus, Elantra, Civic, and so on get about the same gas mileage as these toys.
          morirec
          • 3 Years Ago
          @dreadcthulhu01
          if this scion IQ is powered purely by electricity, it may win the hearts of the housewives who have to buy food everyday for the members of the family. esp in china the oil price has reached 8yuan/liter(about 30yuan/gallon)compared to the average salary of 2000
      Dave
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just what no one in the US is asking for. A competitor to the Smart car.
      galaxiesun
      • 3 Years Ago
      An apt comparison to the Smart Car. Even though the Smart is smaller than the iQ, most consumers will put the two in the same bucket and that ain't good. Smart sales were down 59% in calendar year 2010 and last month their sales were down 40% from March of 2010. Gasoline is going to have to hover near $5.00 a gallon before buyers in serious numbers will start to look at the iQ as a logical commuter alternative.
        Kai F. Lahmann
        • 3 Years Ago
        @galaxiesun
        And where's the problem? $5 per gallon is only a matter of (short) time. Also the iQ has some advantages over a Smart fortwo; one of this is the second row for your children (or for your shopping load).
        kevsflanagan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @galaxiesun
        Keep in mind that Smart had a really reall small dealer network to. Little to no advertising beyond word of mouth, and horrible reviews in terms of the gear box. Toyota though has a LARGE dealer network and can advertise the hell out of the iQ. Will this sell like hot cakes 'eh perhaps if it gets released when gas is above $4-5 a gallon. Some people will realize that they don't really need their HUGE SUV that they never take off road and barely carry anything in.
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 3 Years Ago
        @galaxiesun
        The problem with the smart is that it is a terrible car. Horrible transmission. Shrinky interior. Weak Power. MPG is pretty bad relative to it's engine size and weight. Oh yeah, and the price tag is massively inflated. The size of the car is no the problem.. the car is.
      GinB
      • 3 Years Ago
      I am clamoring for this car. The delay is actually good for me as it will give me enough time to pay off my Honda Element before adding this little guy to the line up. I'll still need the Honda for winter - but I fully expect to be tooling around in an iQ for most of the year!
      Greg
      • 3 Years Ago
      Saw these in Paris and Stockholm - so bummed we have to wait to get them here. They're the ultimate city car runabout, look great in black, and would be a hoot to tear around town in. If what turns you on is a fleet of gas guzzlers for your suburban Garage Mahal, it's not for you. And I don't care what kind of milage a Prius gets: its your grandma's marshmallow suspension sedan with the driving excitement of a golf cart. Get those Scion IQ's to the US, please, and soon!
      CarCrazy24
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't think anyone here is clamoring for this car anyway...it barely gets 40mpg. Put a diesel in it and blow some people away Toyota, come on!
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