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Toyota pushes back Scion iQ release date

The 2012 Scion iQ is displayed at the

The 2012 Scion iQ is displayed at the NY Auto Show. (April 22, 2011) Credit: Jose Moreno

Toyota announced that it has delayed the release date of its new ultracompact the Scion iQ.
The car was originally scheduled for a March 2011 launch date. A Toyota spokesman says the company is performing additional testing on the iQ and now expects it be launched this summer.

Toyota says the Scion iQ will be able to fit three adults and one child, or as Toyota is calling it “3+1” seating. Looking in the back, it seems pretty snug. Standard equipment will include 10 airbags, USB and auxiliary audio inputs, air-conditioning and power steering. Of course this is part of Toyota’s Scion division, so other customizable options will be available.

The Scion iQ will be powered by a 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine with 90 horsepower, making it one of the smallest in any car in North America. Toyota says combined fuel economy is above 30 miles per gallon, put the EPA hasn’t put the car through its testing. Pricing will be announced as soon as the official street date is set, but the blogoshpere says it will probably be in the $12,000 range.


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