2012 Scion iQ Pricing to Start at $15,995

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The 2012 Scion iQ is currently being introduced to the motoring press in California, and word from the event is that the pint-sized two-door will start at $15,995 when it hits the dealer’s lots in the fall.

The Scion iQ was initially supposed to make its American debut this summer, but first supply issues and then the March 11 earthquake pushed the iQ’s launch back further. Toyota was able to get its factories up and running sooner than expected and it’s now official -- the iQ will reach the U.S. starting this fall. Scion spokespeople say the iQ launch will be rolled out in four parts. The western U.S. will get the iQ first this October. The South is up next in January and then the East and Midwest states will receive the iQ shortly afterward.

Like all Scions, the iQ will be nicely equipped from the get go. For their $15,995, iQ buyers get a base model equipped with Pandora integration. There will be one higher trim level that will include a GPS system. And as is the case with the rest of its lineup, iQ buyers will also be able to personalize their new micro-cars with both go-fast and look-fast bits, including carbon fiber trim, lowering springs, and of course, subwoofers. The kids love subwoofers.

I drove one of these in Europe for three days, it was a blast to drive , park and turn. Incredible room inside. A far better car than that awful Smart. No way will these sell well in the US. Of course, as always, Europe gets the better turbodiesel. I got a real 56mpg, which is slightly better than my 1989 Ford Fiesta. Progress.

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