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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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      how much for the aston cygnet upgrade ?

    4. 07-13-2011 01:36 PM #4
      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 01:36 PM #5
      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 #6
      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 #7
      Quote Originally Posted by GTRaavv View Post
      I know it is well-equipped and all, but that is a lot pricier than I would have thought.
      Yup and with Scion you can't haggle. I think its priced itself out of interest. I'll be honest, I think all these expensive micro cars getting barely 35 MPG are just not great cars. If they got 50/60/70 MPG I could understand

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      07-13-2011 01:44 PM #8
      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 #9
      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 01:57 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by Cutandpaste View Post
      Yup and with Scion you can't haggle. I think its priced itself out of interest. I'll be honest, I think all these expensive micro cars getting barely 35 MPG are just not great cars. If they got 50/60/70 MPG I could understand
      I don't get these cars either.

      Barely enough room for 2 and a weeks worth of groceries.

      Mileage is mid-pack to other larger small cars.

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      07-13-2011 02:01 PM #12
      Wow, the price is dangerously close to the Fiat 500 and the Mazda2. So basically the main selling point is the size itself.

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      One more reason for the Versa to continue to lead small car sales.
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      07-13-2011 02:03 PM #14
      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 #15
      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 #16
      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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      07-13-2011 02:35 PM #17
      You have to have a low IQ, to buy that car!

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      07-13-2011 02:39 PM #18
      I thought for sure it would be $12,000.

    19. 07-13-2011 02:43 PM #19
      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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      07-13-2011 02:46 PM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by Cutandpaste View Post
      Yup and with Scion you can't haggle. I think its priced itself out of interest. I'll be honest, I think all these expensive micro cars getting barely 35 MPG are just not great cars. If they got 50/60/70 MPG I could understand
      Yeah I don't understand it either. Hopefully GM prices the Chevy Spark much better.

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      07-13-2011 03:00 PM #21
      Wow, that is a crapload of money!

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      07-13-2011 03:09 PM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by 302W View Post
      Wow, that is a crapload of money!
      It's not that much money for a new car, but certainly you can get a larger/faster/higher mileage car for the same money. Hell, I'd rather have a Jetta 2.0 for the same money and I don't even like sedans. (Awaits flaming)
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      07-13-2011 03:14 PM #23
      I'm shocked it's so damn expensive. I was looking forward to this car, now it's too damn overpriced.

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      07-13-2011 03:15 PM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by Air and water do mix View Post
      It's not that much money for a new car, but certainly you can get a larger/faster/higher mileage car for the same money. Hell, I'd rather have a Jetta 2.0 for the same money and I don't even like sedans. (Awaits flaming)
      I should've been clearer, that's what I meant. I always thought it would be closer to 10k. I think the price will prevent it from being much more than a Toyota Smart car.

      I can't fault someone for picking the Jetta if you must have a new sedan for $16k, it's good bang (size) for the buck.

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      07-13-2011 03:17 PM #25
      That seems really expensive for what it is.
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      Quote Originally Posted by 6cylVWguy View Post
      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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      07-13-2011 03:42 PM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by AutoBlog View Post
      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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      Once again, comparing one car with destination charge to other cars without destination charge. Misleading reporting. In fact, the iQ would cost slightly less than the 500.

      iQ = 15,995 with dest charge
      Fiat 500 = 16,000 with dest charge
      Mazda 2 = 14975 with dest charge

      Additionally, if the iQ comes with a CVT automatic transmission standard as Autoblog reports, a comparable Fiat 500 would start at $17,000 and a Mazda 2 at $15,775.

      Not that this makes TCL points any less valid, just that inaccurate reporting bugs me.
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      07-13-2011 04:04 PM #28
      Holy crap that's expensive. They'll sell like 14 of them.
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      07-13-2011 04:24 PM #29
      I'll wait for the iQ EV version.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Sledge View Post
      I'll wait for the iQ EV version.
      over the 500 EV ? really ?

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      07-13-2011 04:28 PM #31
      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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      Quote Originally Posted by Burnin8r View Post
      over the 500 EV ? really ?
      I must have missed it but when did FIAT commit to an electric 500?
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      Quote Originally Posted by Burnin8r View Post
      over the 500 EV ? really ?
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      07-13-2011 04:37 PM #35
      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.
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