When we first saw the production Toyota iQ at the 2008 Geneva motor show, we were emphatically told that the car – a four-passenger competitor to Smart’s ForTwo – was designed for European tastes.; Still, some suggest the city car is destined for the American market, albeit as a Scion.
If true, there’s some method to the madness.; Placing the iQ into Scion’s range prevents the small car from stealing the spotlight from Toyota’s gas-sippers, the Prius hybrid and Yaris.; One could also argue that the iQ, a small, trendy, and possibly affordable vehicle, would resonate well with younger buyers – the core focus of Scion’s marketing.
Details are still sketchy at this point, but Motor Trend suggests the iQ will use the Yaris’ 1.5-liter I-4 if it arrives stateside.; We’ll know more details this November, when Toyota may reveal its plans at the 2008 Los Angeles auto show.
Source: Motor Trend