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The 56mpg Scion iQ: coming to the US in 2011 or 2012

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Originally, it debuted as the Toyota iQ but now it's being rewrapped and slightly restyled as the Scion iQ. However, beyond the brand name is the very impressive fact that this little car can achieve 56 miles per gallon an it's not a hybrid.

Coming in a little longer than a smart car (which measures 98.4 inches), the Scion iQ is 118 inches long and can carry 3 adults (and one child in the back).

According to Motor Trend, "Chief engineer Hiroki Nakajima says the tiny car is central to Toyota's global carbon dioxide reduction strategy. It needs minimal modifications, mostly to the bumpers, to meet U.S. standards. The car will be lengthened by an inch and a half, and it still will be six-inches shorter than the body-kitted New York concept car. Airbags will be recalibrated for unbelted and out-of-position occupants. The car has nine bags, including one above the rear window for rear seat occupants' heads in a tail-end impact."
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Wow 56 mpg?  That's hard to believe considering the fact that it's roughly SmartCar sized, and the Smart ForTwo only gets an EPA estimated 37 mpg overall, 41 on the highway.  Toyota's going to beat that by 37%?  It had better be really light and aerodynamic.
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  Very impressive mileage!  The 3-wheel EMC3 boasts 60 mpg, but also boasted delivery the first week of June.  Two large adult interior, all power, and a convertible top and air conditioning might make it to delivery someday!  I wouldn't mind if the Toyota hits the market first!
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