Could the Toyota Auris be the next Scion?

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Could the Toyota Auris be the Scion?

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— Last week, invited the world’s automotive to the Aisin proving grounds here to show off a global of hybrid powertrains.

Japanese got to drive the American Camry Europeans got to try the Japanese Axio and got to test the European Auris.

The scribes quickly forgot the hybrid powertrains on display and raving about the Auris’ and handling.

The Auris is a variant of the ongoing MC platform, but executed with sensibilities.

That means it the Corolla’s ancient beam-axle suspension. Instead, Toyota the Holy Grail of road (cue angelic chorus): the wishbone.

Any driver with a of nerves in his buttocks can feel a car has that certain rrraaoorwww though a corner under While the U.S. Corolla and wanders like a wayward the Auris’ tight steering, ride and crisp handling is as as it gets for a front-wheel-drive compact

It’s because double handle harsh inputs and loads better than any suspension type.

The Auris to the ’90s-era Honda Civic and Integra, whose Formula double-wishbone front and rear setup was the zenith of elegant car engineering. Then Honda victim to bean counters and wearers, and killed the sport car as we knew it.

The layout of a double-wishbone in a Pontiac Solstice.

Photo GM

Granted, Toyota can’t a Corolla with a double-wishbone suspension to Americans. As packaging it’s heavier, it intrudes on and rear-seat space and it costs to make.

Market research of American owners shows they roominess, fuel economy and a price.

In other words, the of the double wishbone. No Toyota planner is going to put his career on the going against customer to insist on sharp handling in a .

But there’s still hope for

With the death of the Matrix, has no hatchback in its lineup, save for the xB and xD. Those ancient hatches are six into their product — even though original covenant dictated or four-year product cycles.

No suitable replacements are available on the domestic market shelves.

the Auris?

Scion’s FR-S has proved that American will pay into the mid- to range for a car they love. The has a premium interior with tactile knobs and slitted vents reminiscent of the latest sedans — perfect for entry-premium niche Scion may to exploit.

On the downside, back room is sacrificed — but this is a niche car that be sold to Gen Y kids who will performance for comfort. The front is still saddled with MacPherson struts. And while the Auris lineup is poky off the in exchange for not paying stratospheric gasoline prices, I’m a hotter engine could fit the hood.

After several hot laps in the I am convinced that were to bring that hot hatch to as a Scion, those Honda fan who grovel at the crumbling altar of the wishbone might find a new of worship.

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