Twice as Nice: Scion FR-S Again U.S. News ‘Best Sports Car for the Money’

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J.D. Power study sees new car dependability problems increase for first time since 1998

J.D. Power study sees new car dependability problems increase for first time since 1998

February 13, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Acura , Buick , Cadillac , Chevrolet , Honda , Lexus , Mercedes-Benz , Scion , Toyota For the first time since 1998, J.D. Power and Associates says its data shows that the average number of problems per 100 cars has increased . The finding is the result of the firm’s much-touted annual Vehicle Dependability Study, which charts incidents of problems in new vehicle purchases over three years from 41,000 respondents. Looking at first-owner cars from the 2011 model year, the study found an average of 133 problems per 100 cars (PP100, for short), up 6 percent from 126 PP100 in last year’s study, which covered 2010 model-year vehicles. Disturbingly, the bulk of the increase is being attributed to engine and transmission problems, with a 6 PP100 boost. Interestingly, JDP notes that “the decline in quality is particularly acute for vehicles with four-cylinder engines, where problem levels increase by nearly 10 PP100.” Its findings also noticed that large diesel engines also tended to be more problematic than most five- and six-cylinder engines. Among individual brands, Lexus has taken the prize for most-dependable nameplate for the third year in a row, registering just 68 problems per 100 vehicles. Mercedes-Benz , Cadillac , Acura and Buick rounded out the top of the class with 104, 107, 109 and 112 PP100, respectively. Broken down into specific models, General Motors brands continued their success, winning eight dependability awards for its 2011 models, including prizes for the Chevrolet Volt , Cadillac Escalade and Buick Lucerne . Toyota followed that up with seven prizes split between its Lexus, Toyota and Scion nameplates, while Honda tallied six wins.

Scion Uses Social Media, Ride and Drive Program to Connect with Public at 2014 Chicago Auto Show

February 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

CHICAGO, Ill., (Jan. 31, 2014) – Scion will be connecting with Chicagoans through virtual and experiential means at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show.

Social Media Elements Help Drive Scion Exhibit at NAIAS

January 12, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

DETROIT , Mich., ( Jan. 10, 2014) – Scion will be incorporating an array of social media-focused elements in its exhibit at the 2014 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), complementing the brand’s exciting lineup of youth-oriented vehicles.

Dubai claims debut of Toyota GT86 sedan concept

Dubai claims debut of Toyota GT86 sedan concept

November 4, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Concept Cars , Sedan , Toyota , Misc. Auto Shows , Middle East Typically, when the organizers of an auto show reveal that a new car will debut at their show, we take notice. But this particular claim from the Dubai International Motor Show ought to be taken with a grain of salt. As our compatriots at AutoGuide discovered, the Facebook page for the Emirates auto expo includes a post with an interesting claim: that a sedan based on the Toyota GT86 (known in the US as the Scion FR-S ) will debut at the show. The Facebook post is accompanied by the image above, purporting to show the concept in question. The strange part is that the organizers claim the four-door GT86 concept will make its “regional unveil” at the Dubai show, which would seem to indicate that the concept in question would make its international debut at an earlier show. Considering that the doors open in Dubai on Tuesday, that seems increasingly unlikely. All of this begs the question, If this isn’t actually a four-door GT86, what might it be? Dubai claims debut of Toyota GT86 sedan concept originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 03 Nov 2013 11:07:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .

Take a Tour of Scion at SEMA

October 31, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

TORRANCE, Calif., (Oct. 30, 2013) – Performance, technology and the young entrepreneur influenced the Scion vehicles on display at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show Nov. 5-8. The collection of five builds will be located at Booth 20313, alongside three 2014 Scion tCs competing in the Scion Tuner Challenge.

Take a Tour of Scion at SEMA

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TORRANCE, Calif., (Oct. 30, 2013) – Performance, technology and the young entrepreneur influenced the Scion vehicles on display at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show Nov. 5-8. The collection of five builds will be located at Booth 20313, alongside three 2014 Scion tCs competing in the Scion Tuner Challenge.

Toyota fills in details about its future design direction and global platform

Toyota fills in details about its future design direction and global platform

October 25, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Concept Cars , Lexus , Scion , Toyota , Design/Style “In the future, out of 100 customers, we want to excite ten of them instead of not offending all 100.” Almost all of the details about the Toyota New Group Architecture (TNGA) strategy have come out since the initiative was first reported on in March of this year, but Autoblog did learn a few new things about it on a recent trip to Japan. Probably the second-most important detail is that each new segment platform will be based around a common hip point to create an “optimal driving position architecture.” Previously, each car was conceived on its own, so Toyota couldn’t extract savings from cars that were close in size. The Etios , sold in Latin America and India, is not much smaller than the Corolla , but the two compacts had two different lead engineers, so they have different hip points and require different manufacturing processes and different kinds of commodity parts like seat belt equipment. A common hip point and driving position, as well as other moves like the an R&D reorganization and the switch to parts engineered for global approval and pooled buying, will allow Toyota to harmonize parts like airbags, pedal boxes and seat belts to save money. The company expects to save 15 to 20 percent on manufacturing using TNGA, and 20 to 30 percent overall once development is included. Toyota also says it will use the efficiencies gained and money saved to make those commodity parts better, and they will have longer life cycles; while the lifespan of a Corolla won’t change, a pedal box might carry over from one generation into a brand new generation. Three new front-wheel-drive cars are expected to ride on the platform in 2015, the Prius being one of them, and its advance estimate of 55 miles per gallon is said to be aided by the TNGA. Another important objective of the streamlined development programs and common parts is allowing the designers to actually, you know, design a car instead of wrapping a platform in meek metal. Said company CEO Akio Toyoda earlier this year, “Instead of developing what customers would want next, we were making cars that would rake in sales” – cars that were just as popular as they were boring. That brings us to what we think might be the most important advance provided by the TNGA, revealed in a presentation by company design chief Tokuo Fukuichi: “Before, we made cars so as not to be disliked by anyone.

Scion Owners Fill the Toy Chest for Needy Kids

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TORRANCE, Calif., (Oct. 17, 2013) – The line of Scion owners held all the variety of a toy store in their arms. Thousands of action figures, games, trucks, dolls and more were donated to the Toys for Tots Foundation at the annual Scion Night held at Knott’s Scary Farm amusement park, attended by more than 12,500 owners and their guests.

Toyota to offer sedan version of GT 86?

Toyota to offer sedan version of GT 86?

October 13, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Budget , Sedan , Performance , Toyota , Australia , Rumormill Sources in Australia are reporting that we’ll be seeing a small, rear-drive sedan from Toyota , based on the GT 86/ Scion FR-S . Yes, a convertible variant is still in limbo, but a four-door sedan is in the works. It’s unclear if the rumored GT 86 sedan would spawn Scion and Subaru variants (it’s hard to cross all ten fingers while you type, but we’re having a go). Working with remarks made by the car’s chief engineer Tetsuya Tada in his blog and a rendering from Japanese magazine Holiday Auto , the Australian site Motoring is claiming that the new model’s wheelbase will grow about four inches over the current GT 86′s 101.2-inch wheelbase. Besides the larger overall space between the axles, the sedan will offer a more potent engine option over the current 2.0-liter, flat-four. Promising 268 horsepower, which is a big jump over the current car’s 200 ponies, the new powertrain will be derived from the Hybrid R setup , shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show. If, like us, you’re reaching for the salt, and we don’t blame you. Motoring seems to think the new model will be available later in 2015 or early in 2016, with pricing that should be within reach of current GT 86 owners (around 30,000 Australian dollars, or $28,371). Toyota to offer sedan version of GT 86? originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 11 Oct 2013 11:15:00 EST.

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