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Scion iQ News

  • 2015 Scion iQ

    With a handful of new models coming this year, Toyota's "youth brand" Scion is clearing the decks. One of the casualties is its unsuccessful iQ minicar. The little car, often mistaken for the two-seat Smart ForTwo but actually a "3 + 1-seater" (at least technically), never met its sales goals. Last year, just 2,000 units were sold throughout the U.S. DON'T MISS: Now We Know: U.S. Buyers Don't Much Want Tiny Two-Seat Cars (Jan 2013) Now Bloomberg confirming that the Scion iQ will be dropped. The news service quotes Scion brand chief Doug Murtha as saying the iQ won’t be “staying in...

  • 2014 Scion iQ
    Toyota's Trendy Scion Small-Car Brand To Get New Products, After Long Drought

    Be honest: Have you ever thought about buying a Scion? Toyota's trendy small-car brand has been distinctly neglected over the past several years, and fewer buyers each year are stepping into its dealers. But, says the executive who oversees Scion, fear not: There will be three new products coming...

  • Smart ForTwo tipped over in San Francisco. Photo by NBC Bay Area.
    New San Francisco Sport: Smart Tipping (Cows Are So Passe)

    Smart ForTwo city cars are apparently quite easy to tip over.

  • 2014 Scion iQ
    Want A 2014 Scion iQ? Buy One Now; It May Die Next Year

    Scion's slow-selling iQ minicar might not be long for this world, and the news has come from an unusual source. Aston Martin chief Ulrich Bez has revealed to Autocar that the Cygnet was canned because Toyota itself is stopping production of the iQ--sold in most markets under the Toyota brand, but...

  • A. Kahn Design custom Aston Martin Cygnet
    Aston Martin Culls Its Ugly Duckling: Scion iQ-Based Cygnet Is Dead

    We don't tend to feature Aston Martins here on Green Car Reports. Beautiful though they are, custodians of an enviable racing history and cultivators of an image few other automakers attain, they're about as far away from "green" as cars get. With big V-8 and V-12 gasoline engines, they're about...

  • 2013 Scion iQ
    Cheapest Car To Own Over Five Years? Scion iQ, Says KBB

    What motivates you to buy a green car? For some, it's the desire to do just a little to help the environment. For others, it might be the technology. Some may simply want to save money. If the latter is a major factor, you may be interested to know that the cheapest car to run over five years is...

  • 2011 Scion iQ at 2010 New York Auto Show, with Scion's Jack Hollis

    It was always a big question whether Americans would buy very, very small cars. When the Smart ForTwo launched in 2008, right into the teeth of gas prices that soared to $4 a gallon, it looked as if the answer might be yes. But now it seems the longer-term answer is, "No, not really." Sales of the Smart ForTwo minicar have remained at low levels--10,009 in 2012, after totals of 5,348 in 2011, 5,927 in 2010, and 14,600 in 2009. In fact, they never again reached the lofty heights of 2008, the ForTwo's first year on sale, when it sold 24,622 units--far higher than the annual goal of 16,000. And...

  • 2012 Scion iQ
    2012-2013 Scion iQ Recalled For Safety System Flaw

    Toyota has announced a voluntary recall of Scion iQ vehicles from the 2012 and 2013 model years. In all, some 11,200 vehicles are affected. The recall centers around the weight sensor cables located beneath the iQ's front passenger seat. According to a press release from Toyota, those cables "can...

  • A. Kahn Design custom Aston Martin Cygnet
    Huge V-12 For Tiny Aston Martin Cygnet? Un-Greening The Scion iQ

    It seems like a level of silliness previously only associated with that other British export, Monty Python. Sources within luxury carmaker Aston Martin suggest the tiny Cygnet minicar could be fitted with a V-12 engine. According to Autocar, the project would be along similar lines to that of the...

  • 2013 Scion iQ EV hits the U.S.
    2013 Scion iQ Electric Car Hits U.S., Campus & Car-Sharing Only

    It may not be going on sale, but Scion's iQ EV has now arrived in the U.S, following the first production cars leaving the line in September. Toyota killed plans to sell the iQ EV earlier this year, but promised a limited run of the four-seat, 50-mile electric car would still hit U.S. shores...

  • 2013 Chevrolet Spark minicar, New York City, Aug 2012
    Ultimate Guide To Gas-Sipping Minicars On Sale In The U.S.

    Which side are you on? Bigger is better? Or perhaps 'No replacement for displacement'? Or do you think more along the lines of 'small is beautiful' and 'good things come in small packages'? If it's the latter, then you may also be a fan of the smallest cars manufacturers have to offer. And if you...

  • 2012 Scion IQ Streetview Car
    Forget The Prius: 2012 Scion iQ Takes Google Street View Where Other Cars Can’t

    When computer software giant Google first unleashed its camera-equipped Streetview cars in the U.S. to photograph and map her roads, it chose the humble Toyota Prius as its workhorse. That’s fine for modern-day cities with large, multi-lane roads, but in Europe, Google has discovered the...

  • 2012 Scion iQ, Bear Mountain, NY, May 2012

    In U.S. trim, the 2012 Scion iQ is capable of delivering fuel economy as high as 36 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. Those numbers are based on the iQ’s 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine, which is the only option for U.S. buyers. European buyers can opt for a 1.0-liter, three-cylinder version, rated at the equivalent of 54.7 mpg in Euro-cycle testing (which tends to be up to 20-percent optimistic compared to EPA test numbers). There’s even a 1.4-liter diesel version available in Europe, and this model returns a truly impressive 58.8 mpg in Euro-cycle testing. While...

  • 2012 Scion iQ, Bear Mountain, NY, May 2012
    2012 Scion iQ: The 37-MPG Minicar We Wish We Liked Better

    Small cars are fun to drive--or at least they should be. But there may be a law of diminishing returns in adapting the very smallest cars from Asia and Europe to the U.S. market. We don't much like the driving experience in the Smart ForTwo, so we had high hopes for the 2012 Scion iQ minicar--the...

  • 2012 Scion iQ  -  Driven, April 2012
    2012 Scion iQ: Best Non-Hybrid Gas Mileage? Not In Real World

    Although a very small niche group might see minicars like the Scion iQ and Smart Fortwo as a fashion statement, or as a way to reap special parking or commuting benefits, for most Americans—and even a lot of green-car shoppers—it's quite frankly a little hard to see the point in getting...

  • 2012 Scion iQ - First Drive
    So Who Exactly Buys A Scion iQ Minicar? Now Toyota Knows

    Scion has revealed that as much as 60 percent of Scion iQ buyers are new to Toyota, fulfilling Scion's brief of drawing in younger buyers. The figure is important for Toyota, as the hardest part of selling cars is often attracting buyers to the brand. With the cheap, entry-level iQ model in the...

  • 2012 Scion iQ
    Young? Trendy? Buy A 2012 Scion iQ, Get A PlayStation Vita

    Incentives are nothing new in the world of car buying. Discounts here, extended warranties there--we've all made use of them at some stage. When you're targeting a car exclusively at younger buyers, as Scion does, sometimes the incentives need to be a little more inventive. That's why it's giving...

  • Leviton Level 2 Electric Car Charging Station
    Toyota To Offer Leviton Charging Stations For Prius Plug-In

    Next year, Toyota will be launching a trio of plug-in vehicles - the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid, the 2012 Toyota RAV4EV and the 2012 Scion IQ. To coincide with that launch, Toyota has announced it will be selling a branded electric-car charging station, made by electronics manufacturing firm...

  • 2012 Scion iQ - First Drive

    The all-new 2012 Scion iQ minicar starts at around $16k and earns an EPA-rated 36 mpg city, 37 highway, for a Combined figure of 37 mpg.

  • 2011 Scion iQ
    2012 Scion iQ Pricing Starting At $15,995

    Only one engine will be offered on the 2012 Scion iQ at launch, a 1.3-liter four-cylinder gasoline unit rated at 90 horsepower and matched to a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

  • 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV Prototype
    Toyota's Electric-Car Hat Trick: Three New EVs for 2012

    It’s official: next year Toyota will launch not one, but three plug-in vehicles in the year ahead. Announced at Toyota’s Annual National Dealer meeting in Las Vegas, the trio of vehicles will consist of one plug-in hybrid and two pure electric vehicles to the U.S. market by the end of...

  • Aston Martin Cygnet Launch Edition
    Aston Martin Cygnet Edges Towards Reality, Electrifies Spies

    Every self-respecting spy need the latest gadgets to keep them safe, suave and sexy. But while James Bond would be nothing without the technological prowess of Q, his favorite brand of automobiles looks to be turning its attention towards its own electric wizardry in the form of the all-electric...

  • 2011 Scion iQ
    2011 Scion iQ Minicar Sales Delayed Until This Summer

    If you're eagerly waiting for the first 2011 Scion iQ minicar to show up at your dealer, sit down and have a nice cup of tea. You're going to have wait a bit longer. Scion's parent, Toyota, is delaying the U.S. launch of the iQ, originally scheduled to happen by March of this year, to sometime this...

  • 2011 Scion iQ
    Consumers Clamor For Crossovers Leaving Small Cars On the Lot

    The North American International Auto Show or Detroit Auto Show has created a lot of buzz in the industry over the last week. We have seen the debuts of some neat cars like the Hyundai Veloster and heard some interesting announcements like the small car and electrification plan from The Ford Motor...

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