Report: Scion iQ to Be Killed Off?

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The Scion iQ may not be long for this world if a report from Autocar is to be believed. The report quotes Aston Martin CEO Ulrich Bez as saying the reason for canceling the iQ-based Aston Martin Cygnet is that the Toyota iQ will cease production next year. Both Scion and Toyota versions of the iQ are produced in Japan. Although Toyota reportedly told Autocar that Bez’s statements were untrue, a U.S. Toyota spokesman declined to comment.

The Toyota iQ, sold in the U.S. as a Scion since 2011, is a small city car that debuted globally in 2009. Its packaging is impressive, with Toyota managing to fit four seats in a package just slightly larger than a Smart ForTwo. Unfortunately, the Scion iQ has not sold well in the U.S.; even in 2012, its best year so far, Scion only sold 8879 units. This year through September, only 3365 Scion iQ models have been sold, putting it on track for a nearly 50 percent decline from last year. These numbers make the Scion iQ Toyota’s third worst-selling vehicle in the U.S. in 2013, ahead of only the Toyota Land Cruiser and Lexus LX570 SUVs.

It remains unclear whether rumors of the Scion iQ’s demise will prove to be true or not, but for now the 2014 Scion iQ is still on sale for a starting price of $16,420. It’s powered by a 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine with 94 hp that’s mated to a continuously variable transmission.

Christopher Springmann
Gerald:There is nothing wrong with the CVT transmission other than it's not a "stick."  I do agree with you about the awful Mercedes Smart transmission, as I drove one for a month and found it intolerable;  yet, I have spoken to Smart owners who love the paddle shifter and wouldn't have it any other way.I own a 2013 IQ and it's a sensational car.  The IQ does exactly what it needs to do, deliver smooth power flawlessly through the horsepower range via the CVT.  It's a superior urban automobile (although I did drive mine from San Francisco to Portland OR); and a stick, especially in a city like San Francisco, is madness, expensive madness, that is, unless you like to replace clutches.
The real issue is:  what kind of car do you own?  That will give us a clue as to your taste and budget.  The other question is - what are your needs/expectations for an automobile?I only wish my BMW motorcycle had a CVT, as then it would be a real scoot.  As you might have gathered, I am not a fan of manual transmissions.  My last one was in a 1990 Geo Metro convertible, with all of three cylinders and 49 HP pouring out of a 1.0 liter engine through a five speed manual and 40+ mpg.  Great car, a hoot to drive, beautifully designed and built, er, except for the leaky top.
The stick is dead, except on Top Gear, where they run around an old runway or closed-off roads in the alps.

I've always had a thing for small small cars.  But it seems every company that makes a micro car really screws up with one major component...the transmission.  The Smart is a cute car...but it's let down by it's herky jerky automated manual transmission.  The new Mitsu Mirage...also cute...but straddled with a CVT.  I had really high hopes for the iQ but I drove one when they were first introduced and the transmission is the only thing I found wrong with it.  Sadly, it was so wrong, I wouldn't ever consider purchasing one.  I don't understand why this is the trend???  Give it a 5 speed...or a regular auto like the Yaris and it might just be fun to drive.  

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