Scion to axe xB, xD models

Article by Christian A., on April 26, 2012

Scion has announced that the highly popular xB will finally end its run. When the brand was initially launched in 2003, it had emphasized that each model would be terminated after one life cycle.

Scion ahd wanted its models to use the “one and done” philosophy. But Scion named exceptions because of the rising demand for a few of its models like the xB and tC.

The company now reveals that the xB will be saying goodbye and will take its place alongside the xA and the disliked xD at the graveyard. Scion specifically said that the xB and xD won’t have a new generation and will make way for new models under the Scion name.

According to Jack Hollis, Vice President of Scion told Ward’s Auto, there are no plans to directly replace the xB or xD.

This would signal the end of the box-shaped Scion model. Scion didn’t say when these new models would be seen but it’s confident that the FR-S would be around for at least two more years.

The main passion of many Scion customers is that they all love to drive. As such, it was made larger with the wheelbase being increased by 4 inches. In addition, it is now longer by 12 inches and wider by as much as 3 inches. Its height though was lowered by at least 1 inch. The result is a vehicle that delivers a driving experience that is more exciting while at the same time offering a ride that is truly more comfortable.

All of these can observed in the new 2008 xB, Scion’s latest urban utility vehicle. Unveiled during the 2007 Chicago Auto Show, the xB was first introduced way back in 2003 but as a vehicle under the 2004 model year. Its boxy shape has since then become synonymous with the brand. Similar to the previous generation, the 2008 xB was designed to be unique.

This new compact car has a more aggressive look and has many of the design elements first seen in the t2B, a concept car presented during the 2005 New York International Auto Show. Among the many styling cues that can be seen on the exterior are the soft angles that are between its flat and wide paneling. It also has the inset taillights, high beltline, and the elongated headlamps which manage to wrap the model’s side.

Other styling cues include the rectangular grille, the single backup light placed on the rear left bumper, and the fenders being more prominent. Its turn signals have been integrated to the side mirrors and its windows in the rear have been tinted. According to Scion vice president Mark Templin, the brand has long had a connection with customers and is the only one in the auto industry to have such a relationship.

He added that the perfect example of this connection is the 2008 xB. The brand had long declared that the Scion range will always have a box, he continued. However, when owners said that they wanted a box that was bigger, Templin said further, the brand listened and in response created a better and bigger xB. Scion is a brand under Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

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