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      07-13-2011 01:31 PM #1


      Quote Originally Posted by Autoblog
      Our man Damon Lavrinc is at the media introduction of the 2012 Scion iQ, and he reports that the diminutive hatchback will be priced from $15,995 (including destination charges) when it hits U.S. showrooms. Scion now says the iQ's U.S. launch, which has been postponed on numerous occasions due to various issues including the March 11 quake in Japan, is set for this fall. Officials say the microcar will actually be launched in four phases, with the West Coast getting the iQ in October, followed by southern states in January, then the East Coast and, finally, the Midwest.

      In typical Scion fashion, word is that base models are well equipped and there are few options. The base stereo includes Pandora integration, and an uplevel model will be available with navigation. As with all Scions, loads of accessories (i.e. springs, body kits and wheels) will be available for the iQ.

      For comparison, the iQ's $15,995 price tag means that it's slightly more expensive than both the $15,500 Fiat 500 and the $14,730 Mazda2, both of which off significantly greater utility. There's still no word on EPA mileage estimates for the iQ.
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      07-13-2011 01:32 PM #2
      Quote Originally Posted by omoderncultureo View Post
      We won't see it until next year (here in the Northeast)

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      07-13-2011 01:35 PM #3


      how much for the aston cygnet upgrade ?

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      07-13-2011 05:06 PM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by Burnin8r View Post


      how much for the aston cygnet upgrade ?
      Around $40K more than the IQ, but exclusivity and overkill have a price.
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    5. 07-13-2011 01:36 PM #5
      I would SERIOUSLY buy this car if I can get a Cygnet body-kit and interior aftermarket upgrade. There is something about that Cygnet interior that gets to me.


      Call me shallow, I even like this GTR body kit



      This kit cost $6 grand. Kinda pricey.


      Somebody should create a bespoke aftermarket tailoring company to build lavish interior and body kits. They could rack some serious coin for those looking to spice up their commuters.

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      07-13-2011 04:28 PM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by chronoguy View Post
      I would SERIOUSLY buy this car if I can get a Cygnet body-kit and interior aftermarket upgrade. There is something about that Cygnet interior that gets to me.

      But but but but but.....REAR DRUMS???? [/chronoguy's pointless rant about the Honda Fit way back when]

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      07-13-2011 04:37 PM #7
      Let's all remember this car comes standard with a/c, automatic transmission, power windows, a decent stereo... and IIRC - this car is very quiet and comfortable riding inside.
      If it also has cruise control for $16k (with destination), that's actually a decent price for all the stuff (and the Scion/Toyota badge).

      This isn't a Smart.
      This is a car that is actually comfortable in a way that most small cars are not... it's like a Smart car made by somebody like Mercedes.
      (and why Aston chose it for the eco rebadge)
      If urban dwellers test drive this car, it will sell well.
      I predict.
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      07-13-2011 04:53 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by BRealistic View Post
      Let's all remember this car comes standard with a/c, automatic transmission, power windows, a decent stereo... and IIRC - this car is very quiet and comfortable riding inside.
      If it also has cruise control for $16k (with destination), that's actually a decent price for all the stuff (and the Scion/Toyota badge).

      This isn't a Smart.
      This is a car that is actually comfortable in a way that most small cars are not... it's like a Smart car made by somebody like Mercedes.
      (and why Aston chose it for the eco rebadge)
      If urban dwellers test drive this car, it will sell well.
      I predict.
      I got a whole barrel of Meh after sitting in the thing for a while at the NY auto show. Besides the fact that its got the characterstic Toyota ugly stick thing going on, it felt incredibly cramped and claustrophobic to me inside. I don't think a clear roof like my smart would remedy that fact.
      It was impressed by its ability to fit a seat in the back, but I also feel like that overall it compromises too much to the other passengers in the front for it.
      Even with the better drivetrain, I would still choose the smart only because it doesn't feel like a dungeon.
      Or for that absurd amount of money, I would get the 500.

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      07-13-2011 09:15 PM #9
      Ok so I'm curious. What are the actual numbers on the iQ in the ROW?

      MPG
      0-60
      etc?

      I was expecting a $11,995 price point and hoping for $9995. At $10,000 I'd have tried to fit my fat butt in one just for the laughs but at $16,000.... I'd rather pick up a fairly lightly used LS430 and deal with 20mpg. Apples to Lahmas but whatever.

      edited to include google info

      Just found this thread on a UK site... corrected mpg runs from 19.2mpg to 50.8mpg.

      http://www.toyotaownersclub.com/foru...owtopic=106738
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      07-14-2011 12:06 AM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by BRealistic View Post
      Let's all remember this car comes standard with a/c, automatic transmission, power windows, a decent stereo... and IIRC - this car is very quiet and comfortable riding inside.
      If it also has cruise control for $16k (with destination), that's actually a decent price for all the stuff (and the Scion/Toyota badge).

      This isn't a Smart.
      This is a car that is actually comfortable in a way that most small cars are not... it's like a Smart car made by somebody like Mercedes.
      (and why Aston chose it for the eco rebadge)
      If urban dwellers test drive this car, it will sell well.
      I predict.
      Can't tell if serious....

      Smart IS made by Mercedes.....
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      07-14-2011 12:15 AM #11
      Thats too bad, I kind of like this car. The 12-13k price range would have been perfect.

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      07-15-2011 07:45 PM #13
      what is my incentive to buy this over a bigger car? I dont think small cars are necessary. Especially not for me. But even if you need a small car in the city, why is the IQ taking market share? Give us small electric appliances. Ride a motorbike. Or take public transit. Im sorry but the only people who will buy this stupid car are people who want an image on wheels.

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      07-13-2011 01:36 PM #15
      Seems like a tough sell at that price. A 3-door '12 Yaris will probably start lower (though with less equipment). It should do better than the Smart, but that's not saying much...

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      07-13-2011 01:41 PM #16
      I know it is well-equipped and all, but that is a lot pricier than I would have thought.

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      07-13-2011 01:44 PM #17
      For comparison, the iQ's $15,995 price tag means that it's slightly more expensive than both the $15,500 Fiat 500 and the $14,730 Mazda2, both of which off significantly greater utility. There's still no word on EPA mileage estimates for the iQ.
      No way i'd buy this over a 2 unless there was significant mpg difference.

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      07-13-2011 01:44 PM #18
      Too much money. Even a mid-level smart fortwo isn't that pricey and that's a huge flop.
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      07-13-2011 01:55 PM #19
      Fiat 500 over this phone-booth looking piece, especially for the price.
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      07-13-2011 02:03 PM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by Volvo_D View Post
      Fiat 500 over this phone-booth looking piece, especially for the price.
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      07-13-2011 02:20 PM #21
      They're insane if they think people will take this over the 500 or Mazda2, Scion (Toyota) badge or not.
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      07-13-2011 02:32 PM #22
      What's with the prices on these subcompact cars? No wonder they don't sell all that well since they're about the same as a reasonably equipped compact car in many cases--and the fuel mileage differences are negligible. I was reading MTs review of the Hyundai Accent for the price of $17k. For an Accent? I just built the cheapest Accent Hyundai offers (the GLS sedan) and as soon as you go with the automatic and the premium package, you're at almost $17.3. For that? Why even sell a subcompact if it isn't either A) going to offer much better mileage B) offer a real cost savings. An elentra comparably equipped is only $1500 more!

      I suspect the iQ will do as poorly as the Smart cars.
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      07-14-2011 01:14 AM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by Volvo_D View Post
      Fiat 500 over this phone-booth looking piece, especially for the price.
      I am currently driving a (rented) Fiat 500 and tend to agree. The iQ's mileage would have to be truly stellar to make a difference - but who is driving these so many miles/year that it really matters?

      The 500 I am driving also has automatic everything, red brake calipers behind aluminum rims, satellite radio, and a sunroof. and a nice interior. I am not familiar with the base level pricing and value on these small cute cars - but don't most of them come with decent base equipment? Not sure the iQ would really stand out, there.

      Once US Americans step outside the overwhelmingly present price/volume attitude, my guess is that $1,000 here or there anyway is less important than practicality, a nice interior, and the (somewhat ill-defined) cuteness factor.

      Although I have to say, from the looks and questions I am getting, my anecdotal experience is the 500 seems to attract most attention outside a disappointing gap in the 20-40 year old range...

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      07-13-2011 02:39 PM #24
      I thought for sure it would be $12,000.

    25. 07-13-2011 02:43 PM #25
      So it is more expensive than the larger, more powerful Yaris.

      Don't get it.

      Not stylish enough or enough content to be luxury compact and priced out of the basement price car range.

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