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Back in January, word on The Internets was that the launch of the Scion iQ – a pint-sized hatchback that was originally scheduled to hit the U.S. in March – would be pushed back until sometime this summer. Toyota spokesman Greg Thome stated that the iQ's delay was 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."

Well, it looks like the iQ's U.S. launch may be pushed back again. This time around, it's the general parts shortage due to the earthquake tragedy that's causing the delay, Reuters reports. Jack Hollis, vice president of Scion, says that the automaker expects to have more info on the urban city car's launch schedule after the "Golden Week" holidays in Japan, which end May 9. Hollis told Reuters that, "Until we get confirmation from Japan on production, what we might end up having to forgo is the early launch of the new iQ."

[Source: Reuters]

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