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Old 04-01-2009, 01:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Brand new microcompact for the US (Scion iQ)

Micro -subcompact concept Toyota iQ will be rebadged as the Scion iQ. It will be sold here in the States. A logical comparison or rival to the Smart, it will most likely be powered by a larger 1.3 L inline-4 instead of the JDM & European markets' 1.0 L inline-3 cylinder. Rough estimates at 100 hp -100 torque, with 60's mpg marks supposedly higher than the smaller 3 cylinder. Scion's version will be more aggressively styled compared to the Toyota's show concept vehicle. Exaggerated flares, flame-flare front fascia & unique show fitment wheels. Youth market pricing to start at $15 K. iQ hopefully to build loyal eco-cool niche along side Toyota's new gen eco-green Prius.

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Old 04-01-2009, 01:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Its good to finally see some subcompacts coming back to the market.
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Old 04-01-2009, 02:05 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Tiny cars, I'd buy one if it was around 8 or 9K. Not worth the price tag they are likely to hit it with in the US.

Yes, I realize these aren't photos of the Scion this is the toyota, but are you kidding me... they have a rear seat?



Rear end collision, and that guy is a quadriplegic... or dead. With out a doubt.
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That always drives me nuts about these tiny cars, way too expensive. What ever happened to the econobox model: small, crazy mileage, and cheap? At least this get's 2 out of 3 which is 1 better than the Smart.

Cute car, but I wouldn't drive it on the Jersey Turnpike.
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Old 04-01-2009, 03:32 PM   #5 (permalink)
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hahah /\/\ 1+ on smart, that's funny.
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The smart is small and get crazy mileage too.
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any other specs on it?
looks like a nice size of car.
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Of course they gotta de-econo it and name it scion and make it look like a transformer for us.
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What!? Its going to look like a transformer. . .I'm buying one.

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15K. . .thats more than the FIT. I would much rather be in the FIT in any collision than that thing. Well, maybe if I hit a pedestrian, but if he runs into me deal is off.

And yes I know FE is higher than the FIT, but FIT is way bigger and looks way more comfortable.

Subcompact for 10K and gets that mileage for just 2 people with more centimeters of paper sheet metal and empty space between me and the F150 tires please.
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I think this is good news. I am always happy to have a new subcompact in north america.

I would take an iq over a smart.

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