The launch of the 2011 Scion iQ could be delayed, due to supply disruptions caused by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan. Scion vice president Jack Hollis told Automotive News that the iQ’s launch schedule won’t be finalized until after May 9. Toyota facilities in Japan will shut down from April 28 through May 9 for the country’s “Golden Week” holidays.
This isn’t the first time the car’s introduction has been delayed — it was originally slated to launch in March 2011. In January, Toyota spokesman Greg Thome told us that the launch of the Scion iQ had been pushed back to summer 2011 due to additional testing and development in Japan. He also said the delay would give the redesigned Scion tC, which launched October 2010, more time to attract customers as the brand’s newest model.
The Scion iQ is billed as a “premium micro-subcompact” based on the Toyota iQ. A small hatchback design, it accommodates four passengers thanks to an innovative and unusual “3+1” seating arrangement. The iQ is powered by a 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine producing 90 horsepower, and has a continuously variable transmission. Standard equipment will include ten airbags, USB and auxiliary audio inputs, electric power steering, and air conditioning. Pricing won’t be announced until closer to the iQ’s on-sale date — whenever that is.
Source: Automotive News