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.