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Scion xA and xB

Never Mind the We drive the Scions.

Here’s the we had with the young folks the Scion booth during the auto show press-preview

This is ScionToyota’s bid to capture the and bucks of young people. the brand was announced a full ago with great gobs of lingo and attitudebut no real to showreveals something of the nature of the Finally, at this year’s Los show, the division unveiled its production cars, the xA and the xB. Our experience at the show might have an anomaly, but one certainly gets the that in the thumping dance and Red Bull drinks that a Scion affair, the least aspect of the brand is the cars

So we decided to offer you, driving impressions of these two vehicles. You know. cars.

to go on sale in June 2003 in (and a year from on the East Coast), both are based on vehicles that well in the Japanese market. The xA is called the Ist in Japan, and the xB is known as the bB home.

Toyota didn’t a whole new range of platforms and for these vehicles. The xA and the xB are based on one of most successful formulas a front-wheel-drive subcompact platform by 1.5 liters that first on the Vitz in Japan in 1999. myriad variations on one small-car are common. Cars such as the and WiLL Viwe’re not likely to see in the U.S.also sit on the same platform.

Toyota Scion xa


Astute readers will this platform and engine as the Toyota Echo’s, which has had success in the American market model year 2000. It, was intended to appeal to young echo boomers, or the Net Gen, or Y. Whatever, it hasn’t. The median age of the buyer is 45 (about four older than a Honda buyer), and so far Toyota hasn’t 50,000 a year. The company the somewhat stodgy image of the name. Hence the trendy new name. We think it might have something to do with the dorky styling of the Echo and an nonexistent small-car market in the

Ah, but we were talking about the right? Yes, the Ist (xA) we in Japan turned out to be a surprisingly vehicle that boasts an high-quality interior. A new four-speed transmission delivers timely, gearchanges. It is perfectly matched to the engine’s midrange-torque-biased powerplant same unit found in the

Pumping out 108 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 104 of torque at 4200 rpm, the Ist smoothly after a slightly start, owing to shallow torque. Based on our experience the Echo, we expect a 0-to-60 of 8.7 to 9.0 seconds for manual-equipped xA and xB models.

The Ist has and rear anti-roll bars and suspension settings compared the tippy Echo, which has no anti-roll bar. The result is a car flat through corners suffering from a relatively ride. Toyota says the model will have softer settings, so we’ll final judgment until we a U.S.-spec car. The xA will have larger-diameter, wider than the skimpy donuts on the The 185/60-15 tires should lateral grip and braking with the Echo. Our last posted a decent 186-foot from 70 mph and circled the skidpad at g, slightly below average for an car. The brakes on the Ist, the disc-and-drum combo as on an Echo,

feel strong enough. The is precise and well weighted.

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