Scion iQ will be axed

Article by Christian A., on November 5, 2013

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.

iQ's silhouette, delineated by a powerful and high beltline, flows from the huge, taut headlamps, up the A-pillar, over the roof and wraps around the rear, accentuating the iQ's geometric shape. Side mirrors with incorporated turn signals highlight the spotless design and give it a top-notch look.

The rear highlights the car’s present-day style. Trapezoidal lines run toward the wheels, from the hatch to the bumper's rear diffuser-like accent, generating a substantial presence.

iQ is available in any of seven exterior colors, including Classic Silver Metallic, Blizzard Pearl, Black Sand Pearl, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Pacific Blue Metallic, Hot Lava, and Black Currant Metallic.

High-Tech Interior

iQ's functional "3+1" seating compares to the world's tiniest four-passenger car. The four-seat configuration is made conceivable due to the fact that the driver and front passenger seats are marginally off-set.

The rear seats are extremely flexible, featuring a 50/50 split and the capacity to fold flat, producing enough storage to accommodate big suitcases. The iQ comes standard with a leather-wrapped steering wheel with red stitching, and features a flat bottom that gives extra legroom. The steering wheel integrates sound controls to deal with the iQ's remarkable sound system.

Topics: scion, scion iq, city car

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