The Scion iQ won’t be sticking around for long, according to an Autocar report. Aston Martin CEO Ulrich Bez supposedly said that the iQ-based Aston Martin Cygnet is being cancelled because production of the Toyota iQ will stop next year. Japan produces both the Scion and Toyota versions of the iQ. Toyota went on record to say that Bez’s statements were false.
A U.S. Toyota spokesman declined to make a comment. The Toyota iQ, which became available in the U.S. as a Scion in 2011, is a small city car that made its worldwide debut in 2009. It has impressive looks and is a four-seater despite being just a bit bigger than a Smart ForTwo. Sales of the Scion iQ in the U.S. were disappointing.
It reached its peak in 2012, which is when it sold just 8879 units. From January to September 2013, just 3365 Scion iQ models were sold, which means that it’s on pace to incur an almost 50% drop from last year. With these figures, the Scion iQ Toyota would be the third worst-selling vehicle in the U.S. in 2013.
It will then trail the Toyota Land Cruiser and Lexus LX570 SUVs. There’s no confirmation yet if the Scion iQ’s discontinuation is true. For now, the 2014 Scion iQ is available with a starting price of $16,420. It is equipped with a 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine (with an output of 94 hp) that is coupled with a continuously variable transmission.