Scion xB to be replaced by Auris hatchbach, iQ dead after 2014

Scion xB to be replaced by Auris hatchbach, iQ dead after 2014

July 29, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Budget , Hatchback , Scion , Toyota Scion seemed like such a good idea when it was first launched. Toyota’s aim was to provide young people with stylish, affordable cars that would serve as a gateway to the automaker’s family of products. It was also supposed to be something of an incubator for new ideas that were too radical for its more conservative Toyota and Lexus brands. Over a decade since its launch, the brand has languished, and today’s showroom is populated by slow-selling and aging vehicles that have often been slow to receive upgrades. However, there may be a bright spot on the imminent horizon, as there are reportedly a slate of new models on the way over the next three years. According to a model timeline published by Automotive News , the Scion lineup is about to get a major overhaul . First, the boxy xB may finally be going to the big refrigerator box in the sky, to be replaced by a version of the more conventionally styled Auris hatchback (pictured above) from overseas markets in early 2015. Later next year, the xD will also allegedly bow out in favor of a new hatchback based on the Mazda2 (thanks to a recently signed platform-sharing deal ). For 2016, the sporty tC hatchback is also said to get a redesign, and interestingly enough, a Corolla -based compact crossover could join the ranks, too. While those changes should boost sales volume, there’s also news that’s sure to make enthusiasts happy.

Despite slow sales, no new Scion models in near-term pipeline [w/poll]

Despite slow sales, no new Scion models in near-term pipeline [w/poll]

September 10, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Car Buying , Budget , Scion , Toyota , Earnings/Financials According to a top Toyota executive, the Japanese automaker will not be introducing any fresh Scion models in the near future, Reuters reports. As of August, Scion sales for this year were down 1.6 percent from 2012 and accounted for only 0.3 percent of Toyota’s overall US sales. And last month, Toyota Motor Sales USA Senior Vice President Bob Carter informed the 1,000 dealers who carry Scion that they can drop the brand without penalty. However, never fear – Carter has assured that, while nothing new is coming for at least six months, the company is still very committed to the quirky Scion brand. Toyota launched Scion, which targets the youth market, in 2003, and sales peaked in 2006. The brand currently has five models, with the 2013 best-sellers being the FR-S sports coupe followed by the tC sedan and xB hatchback. What do you think about Toyota’s decision to hold off on introducing new or refreshed Scion models? Are they heading in the right direction, or does this spell doom for the funky Gen Y brand? View Poll Despite slow sales, no new Scion models in near-term pipeline [w/poll] originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 09 Sep 2013 13:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .

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