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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 create a new range of platforms and engines for vehicles. The xA and the xB are based on one of Toyota’s successful formulas ever, a subcompact platform powered by 1.5 that first appeared on the in Japan in 1999. There, variations on one small-car theme are Cars such as the Funcargo and Viwe’re not likely to see them in the sit on the same platform.

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Astute will recognize this and engine combination as the Toyota which has had limited success in the market since model 2000. It, too, was intended to to young so-called echo or the Net Gen, or Generation Y. Whatever, it The median age of the Echo buyer is 45 four years older a Honda Accord buyer), and so far hasn’t sold 50,000 a The company blames the somewhat image of the brand name. the trendy new brand name. We it might also have to do with the tall, dorky of the Echo and an almost nonexistent market in the U.S.

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 front and rear anti-roll and stiffened suspension settings with the tippy Echo, has no rear anti-roll bar. The is a car that’s flat through while suffering from a harsh ride. Toyota the U.S. model will slightly softer settings, so reserve final judgment we drive a U.S.-spec car. The xA also have larger-diameter, tires than the skimpy on the Echo. The 185/60-15 tires improve lateral grip and compared with the Echo. Our Echo posted a decent stop from 70 mph and circled the at 0.75 g, slightly below for an economy car. The brakes on the the same disc-and-drum combo as on an feel strong enough. The is precise and well weighted.

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