Scion News

Scion To Energize Its Lineup In The 2011 Model Year
Scion To Energize Its Lineup In The 2011 Model Year

2009 has been a dismal year for automakers, but Scion has taken an especially rough hit, with sales down by nearly 58% compared to last year. That's blamed largely on Scion's lineup, which many in the industry feel has stagnated -- ironic, given that when the brand launched just seven years ago, it...Read More»

MINI Crossover concept
BMW News: MINI Crossover Delayed, Isetta Based On Toyota iQ?

There's been a lot of chatter about the MINI Roadster (also known as the MINI Speedster) which is set to debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show in just a couple of weeks. That's not surprising: everyone likes a roadster, and the sporty renderings popping up on the web have sparked the interest of...Read More»

2009 Scion iQ Concept
Report: Scion iQ Arriving Early, On Sale By 2010

Toyota's sharp-looking and innovative iQ is already snatching up sales in the UK and Japan, offering an alternative to the somewhat pricier Smart ForTwo in the nascent urban mini-car segment. The Scion-branded version of the car has already been tipped for possible U.S. sale, but today reports are...Read More»

Kia VG rendering
Rendered: Kia's New Premium VG

Korean automaker Kia seems to be on a roll these days -- at least on the design front. Its boxy Scion xB/Nissan Cube competitor, the Kia Soul, has held its own in the face of discerning auto journalists, and the sporty Kia Forte Koup looks to do similarly well. Now the company has shared renderings...Read More»

toyota-iq
Revamped Toyota iQ To Be Company's First Fully Electric Car

Toyota's iQ is a popular guy these days. A couple of weeks ago, we mentioned that the iQ will serve as the base for Aston Martin's first foray into the citycar segment. (In fact, Aston Martin likes the iQ so much they're not touching anything under the hood.) And now comes word that after many...Read More»

2009 Scion iQ Concept
Report: Scion iQ Minicar In Showrooms By 2011

Toyota’s new iQ minicar is already on sale in Japan and most of Europe but there are now indications that the diminutive hatch could make its way to the United States. A Scion badged version of the car was displayed in concept form at this year’s New York Auto Show and now there are reports...Read More»

Aston Martin 'Cygnet', based on the Toyota iQ
Aston Martin 'Cygnet' Concept Works Over The Toyota iQ

No, that's not an exercise in Photoshoppery you see at left: it's the Aston Martin "Cygnet" concept--a city car based directly on the fuel-efficient Toyota iQ (potentially known in America as the Scion iQ). Says Aston Martin Chief Executive, Dr Ulrich Bez:  "The offering of a 'Cygnet' with a DBS...Read More»

2009 Smart fortwo
New Study: Minicars Ranked By Fender-Bender Repair Bill

If you live in a crowded urban environment, you understand the value of minicars. No, they can't haul sheetrock, and trips to the grocery store become more like social calls, but where parking and (occasionally) fuel economy are concerned, they can be a condo-dweller's dream. Until, of course, they...Read More»

2010 Mazda3
16 Cars for $16,000---Or Less

If you’re looking for a new set of wheels despite the recession, you’re in for a surprise. New cars can be far more expensive than you recall from your last trip to the showroom. According to figures from Comerica Bank, which compiles an annual study on affordability, the average new car sold...Read More»

Journalist Sarah Lacy, via Wired
Link Love From The Car Connection: $2.30 Summertime Gas, Plus Vids Of Maserati GranTurismo MC, Electric Racecars, And Crazy Lady Drivers

He said, she said-- Remember when Tesla's Elon Musk called that New York Times reporter "a douchebag...and an idiot"? Remember the journalist who was interviewing him at the time--how she sort of giggled her way through it? Well, Sarah Lacy's colleagues are calling foul on her. And still no one's...Read More»

2009 Scion iQ Concept
2009 New York Auto Show: Scion iQ Concept Drops By

Scion always does things differently. This year, they revealed their latest concept by dropping it from the ceiling of the Javits Center in a splash of lurid green lighting and blasting music. The Scion iQ concept is a tricked-out, amped-up version of the well-received Toyota iQ micro-subcompact...Read More»

James Bond's Lotus Esprit
Link Love From The Car Connection: 2009 Scion xB Walkaround, Man Defeats Lambo Diablo, Plus The Fast And The Bi-Curious

Another gift shop for you -- James Bond fans have reason to celebrate: a collector in Cumbria, England has just opened a James Bond Museum, featuring Bond's Mustang from Diamonds Are Forever and his Lotus Esprit Turbo from The Spy Who Loved Me. Also on display: the Octopus from Octopussy. Let the...Read More»

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Scion To Unveil 'Micro-subcompact' Concept At New York Show

During a press conference the New York Auto Show on April 8, Scion will unveil a "micro-subcompact" car they say is a reflection of its youthful image and signals the brand's shift toward "the growing urbanization trend." Three cheers, Scion - we think the xB, which grew a massive 800 lb. heavier...Read More»

Scion tC and friends
Celebs Vs. 'Celebs' At The Toyota Grand Prix Of Long Beach

On April 18, Toyota returns to Long Beach, California for the 35th Annual Toyota Grand Prix. Amid all the weekend hoopla and product-positioning, the company will sponsor a celebrity race, pitting nearly two dozen stars (plus Raven-Symoné and Carlos Mencia) in a ten-lap, 19.7-mile throwdown. To...Read More»

2009 Nissan cube Krom
Pricing Announced For 2009 Nissan cube (No, not 'Cube')

The 2009 Nissan cube hits dealerships in May, and pricing has just been announced. The base model will run an affordable $13,990, with various custom packages pushing that figure higher. The cube will come in four flavors: cube 1.8, cube 1.8 S, cube 1.8 SL and cube 1.8 Krom. Not surprisingly, each...Read More»

2009 Scion tC Series 5.0
2009 Chicago Show: Scion tC RS 5.0 Is VIP

Scion yesterday announced a special edition of its sports coupe, the tC, which will be on display at the Chicago Auto Show from February 11-22. This 2009 tC RS 5.0 features unique styling elements draped on a lowered suspension with 18-inch alloys. Numerous mechanical enhancements also give the...Read More»

2009 Scion xB
2009 Scion xB Gets New Series 6.0 Edition

The latest special edition from Toyota's teenybopper brand will be a tweaked-out version of the 2009 Scion xB hatchback. Set for a fancy unveiling next week at the 2009 Detroit auto show, the new xB Release Series 6.0 gets a round of customizing that puts an emphasis on entertainment. It's themed...Read More»

2010 Ford Fiesta
Consumer Reports Rates Ford and Japanese Brands Highest

We reported earlier today about Ford Motor Company's solid reliability ratings in Consumer Reports' 2008 Annual Car Reliability Survey. Says Consumer Reports, "on average, Ford continues to build the most reliable American cars." But the comprehensive test also revealed that reliability of European...Read More»

2009 Ford Focus
TheCarConnection.com's Eight Best Cars for College

With the fall term about to start at schools across the country, you may be looking for the perfect car for your parents to “subsidize”—or for your child to take off to college along with your furniture, your computer, and your life savings. It doesn’t take an economics major to find a...Read More»