The Truth About Cars » Scion http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Fri, 29 Apr 2016 19:21:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 A Funeral at an Auto Show http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/a-funeral-at-an-auto-show/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/a-funeral-at-an-auto-show/#comments Fri, 25 Mar 2016 20:19:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1311242 Prior to the New York International Auto Show, Toyota distributed an upbeat press release. Come party with us, it said. “Scion is not going away quietly.” Yet, as I walk toward Scion’s booth, a quiet unease fills a void once occupied by a loud, confident generational pulse. The typical eye-catching signs with heavily embossed, trendy hashtags are all but entirely absent upon my arrival. […]

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Prior to the New York International Auto Show, Toyota distributed an upbeat press release. Come party with us, it said. “Scion is not going away quietly.” Yet, as I walk toward Scion’s booth, a quiet unease fills a void once occupied by a loud, confident generational pulse. The typical eye-catching signs with heavily embossed, trendy hashtags are all but entirely absent upon my arrival. […]

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Toyota 86s Scion FR-S in Name Only, Gets Power Bump http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/toyota-86s-scion-fr-s-in-name-only-gets-power-bump/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/toyota-86s-scion-fr-s-in-name-only-gets-power-bump/#comments Thu, 17 Mar 2016 10:00:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1303865 Scion’s slow-selling FR-S rear-wheel-drive coupe is about to become Toyota’s slow-selling rear-wheel-drive coupe, and it will be branded with the same moniker as in many other parts of the world. That’s right: this is the Toyota 86, also known as what it should have been named here in the first place. The sports coupe gets […]

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Scion’s slow-selling FR-S rear-wheel-drive coupe is about to become Toyota’s slow-selling rear-wheel-drive coupe, and it will be branded with the same moniker as in many other parts of the world. That’s right: this is the Toyota 86, also known as what it should have been named here in the first place. The sports coupe gets […]

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Scion Gives the tC a Funeral Pyre Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/scion-gives-tc-funeral-pyre-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/scion-gives-tc-funeral-pyre-edition/#comments Wed, 16 Mar 2016 17:00:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1305305 If you’ve been holding out on buying a Scion tC until the right special edition came along, this is your last opportunity. Scion’s parent, Toyota, took the youth-oriented brand behind the woodshed last month, making the upcoming Release Series 10.0 version of the tC coupe an aerodynamic swan song. Developed in partnership with designer Kei […]

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If you’ve been holding out on buying a Scion tC until the right special edition came along, this is your last opportunity. Scion’s parent, Toyota, took the youth-oriented brand behind the woodshed last month, making the upcoming Release Series 10.0 version of the tC coupe an aerodynamic swan song. Developed in partnership with designer Kei […]

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Ask Bark: Which Beater Should She Bet On? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/ask-bark-beater-bet/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/ask-bark-beater-bet/#comments Tue, 01 Mar 2016 15:00:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1292914 New-to-TTAC reader Kobe writes: Hi Bark, I’ve only begun to read TTAC and your email responses are a great read, so I figured I’d give sending you a question a shot. Two of my wife’s friends are looking for reliable, used cars. The parameters I’ve been given were $4,000 or less (as she will need to […]

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New-to-TTAC reader Kobe writes: Hi Bark, I’ve only begun to read TTAC and your email responses are a great read, so I figured I’d give sending you a question a shot. Two of my wife’s friends are looking for reliable, used cars. The parameters I’ve been given were $4,000 or less (as she will need to […]

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I Sold a Scion Once http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/i-sold-a-scion-once/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/i-sold-a-scion-once/#comments Thu, 04 Feb 2016 19:30:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1278850 Being a car flipper, tuner and technician that falls within the millennial age group should make me an ideal candidate for various Scions. Yet, when I attempted to jog my memory yesterday, I could think of only a a few I’ve touched with my own two hands. In fact, I’ve only flipped a single vehicle from Toyota’s youth brand: a repossessed xB […]

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Being a car flipper, tuner and technician that falls within the millennial age group should make me an ideal candidate for various Scions. Yet, when I attempted to jog my memory yesterday, I could think of only a a few I’ve touched with my own two hands. In fact, I’ve only flipped a single vehicle from Toyota’s youth brand: a repossessed xB […]

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Scion Monospec Strategy Continuing for 2017, Trims May Arrive for 2018 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/scion-monoprice-strategy-continuing-for-2017-trims-may-arrive-for-2018/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/scion-monoprice-strategy-continuing-for-2017-trims-may-arrive-for-2018/#comments Wed, 03 Feb 2016 16:32:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1278746 Beyond the funky metal, there’s one element that set Scion apart from its Toyota mothership: monospec pricing. By offering up only a single trim for each models and reducing options to paint colors, transmissions and accessories, Scion was able to market its vehicles to a different audience and offer a no-haggle sales approach. For the […]

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Beyond the funky metal, there’s one element that set Scion apart from its Toyota mothership: monospec pricing. By offering up only a single trim for each models and reducing options to paint colors, transmissions and accessories, Scion was able to market its vehicles to a different audience and offer a no-haggle sales approach. For the […]

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OFFICIAL: Scion Is Dead, Will ‘Transition to Toyota’ for 2017 Model Year http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/official-scion-is-dead-will-transition-to-toyota/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/official-scion-is-dead-will-transition-to-toyota/#comments Wed, 03 Feb 2016 14:36:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1278610 Toyota officially announced Wednesday morning that Scion will “transition to Toyota,” effectively killing off the youth brand started in 2002. Its first vehicles went on sale in California in 2003, and included the xA hatchback and xB wagon. According to a release from Toyota, Scion “is now transitioning back to the Toyota brand” and most Scion […]

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Toyota officially announced Wednesday morning that Scion will “transition to Toyota,” effectively killing off the youth brand started in 2002. Its first vehicles went on sale in California in 2003, and included the xA hatchback and xB wagon. According to a release from Toyota, Scion “is now transitioning back to the Toyota brand” and most Scion […]

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UPDATE 2: Will Toyota Kill Off the Scion Brand Today? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/will-toyota-kill-off-the-scion-brand-today/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/will-toyota-kill-off-the-scion-brand-today/#comments Wed, 03 Feb 2016 14:05:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1278410 Update 2: Toyota has officially announced Scion’s “transition to Toyota.” Update 1: Road&Track is reporting it has confirmed the rumor with an inside source and the death of Scion will be publicly announced later today. A top-secret meeting took place Tuesday afternoon to announce the death of the Scion brand to employees, reports CarBuzzard (via Motor Trend). The company […]

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Update 2: Toyota has officially announced Scion’s “transition to Toyota.” Update 1: Road&Track is reporting it has confirmed the rumor with an inside source and the death of Scion will be publicly announced later today. A top-secret meeting took place Tuesday afternoon to announce the death of the Scion brand to employees, reports CarBuzzard (via Motor Trend). The company […]

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TTAC News Round-up: Müller May Be On The Hot Seat, Crossover Racing, and Mazda’s CX-4 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/ttac-news-round-up-muller-may-be-on-the-hot-seat-crossover-racing-and-mazdas-cx-4/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/ttac-news-round-up-muller-may-be-on-the-hot-seat-crossover-racing-and-mazdas-cx-4/#comments Sun, 17 Jan 2016 17:06:40 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1268873 Porsche-Piech family is standing behind their man — which totally isn’t the kiss of death, right? That, Toyota’s completely nuts and it’s awesome and Mazda’s CX-4 breaks cover … after the break! Porsche-Piech family says Müller is their man, for now After a particularly disastrous trip to the United States, Volkswagen’s controlling family told sources […]

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Porsche-Piech family is standing behind their man — which totally isn’t the kiss of death, right? That, Toyota’s completely nuts and it’s awesome and Mazda’s CX-4 breaks cover … after the break! Porsche-Piech family says Müller is their man, for now After a particularly disastrous trip to the United States, Volkswagen’s controlling family told sources […]

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A Tale Of Two Scions: Scion iA vs. Scion iM http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/tale-two-scions-scion-ia-vs-scion-im/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/tale-two-scions-scion-ia-vs-scion-im/#comments Thu, 17 Dec 2015 16:00:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1215721 I call Scions “the acronyms from hell” because even I have trouble keeping up with all of them. iQ, iA, iM, tC, xB, xD. Did I forget one? The xA and…wait! I forgot the FR-S, but that’s only because I rarely see those go through the auction block. Everything else, save the two new iA and […]

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I call Scions “the acronyms from hell” because even I have trouble keeping up with all of them. iQ, iA, iM, tC, xB, xD. Did I forget one? The xA and…wait! I forgot the FR-S, but that’s only because I rarely see those go through the auction block. Everything else, save the two new iA and […]

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LA 2015: The Scion C-HR Concept Is Badge-engineered Relevance http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/la-2015-the-scion-c-hr-concept-is-badge-engineered-relevance/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/la-2015-the-scion-c-hr-concept-is-badge-engineered-relevance/#comments Wed, 18 Nov 2015 23:34:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1222465 Scion is on a little bit of a hot streak with the addition of the iA (based on the Mazda2) and iM (based on the Toyota Auris). That formula is working so well that Scion is ready to badge engineer another vehicle as its own. Specially, they are going to badge engineer a crossover that the […]

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Scion is on a little bit of a hot streak with the addition of the iA (based on the Mazda2) and iM (based on the Toyota Auris). That formula is working so well that Scion is ready to badge engineer another vehicle as its own. Specially, they are going to badge engineer a crossover that the […]

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Toyota To Build Next-gen RAV4 in Ontario, Other Cars To Follow? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/toyota-build-next-gen-rav4-ontario-cars-follow/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/toyota-build-next-gen-rav4-ontario-cars-follow/#comments Tue, 10 Nov 2015 20:30:36 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1216273 Toyota will build the next generation RAV4 and RAV4 Hybrid on its new global platform in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada near the Lexus RX in 2019, the automaker announced Tuesday. The plant, which recently lost production of the Corolla to Mexico, would receive a significant upgrade to the Toyota New Global Architecture line that could be used to […]

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Toyota will build the next generation RAV4 and RAV4 Hybrid on its new global platform in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada near the Lexus RX in 2019, the automaker announced Tuesday. The plant, which recently lost production of the Corolla to Mexico, would receive a significant upgrade to the Toyota New Global Architecture line that could be used to […]

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Toyota to Show Production C-HR in Geneva, Will Scion Show Theirs in New York? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/toyota-show-production-c-hr-geneva-will-scion-show-new-york/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/toyota-show-production-c-hr-geneva-will-scion-show-new-york/#comments Tue, 20 Oct 2015 21:00:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1201033 If history is any indication, North American consumers may get their first look at the Scion C-HR at the New York Auto Show in April 2016. Autoblog confirmed Tuesday that Toyota would show off its production-ready cute ‘ute next March at the Geneva Auto Show. Last month, Scion teased a concept it would be showing […]

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If history is any indication, North American consumers may get their first look at the Scion C-HR at the New York Auto Show in April 2016. Autoblog confirmed Tuesday that Toyota would show off its production-ready cute ‘ute next March at the Geneva Auto Show. Last month, Scion teased a concept it would be showing […]

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Is This Scion’s First Crossover? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/is-this-scions-first-crossover/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/is-this-scions-first-crossover/#comments Tue, 06 Oct 2015 12:30:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1188546 Scion, Toyota’s “youth” brand, released the above teaser image Tuesday morning along with a brief press release stating their third all-new vehicle will be displayed at the Los Angeles Auto Show this November. Is this the Toyota CH-R in Scion drag? It very much looks to be. After releasing the brand-new-to-America Scion iM hatchback — a […]

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Scion, Toyota’s “youth” brand, released the above teaser image Tuesday morning along with a brief press release stating their third all-new vehicle will be displayed at the Los Angeles Auto Show this November. Is this the Toyota CH-R in Scion drag? It very much looks to be. After releasing the brand-new-to-America Scion iM hatchback — a […]

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Scion Second-Fastest Growing Brand In September; New iA And iM Lead http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/scion-sales-jumped-57-september-new-ia-im-lead-brand/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/scion-sales-jumped-57-september-new-ia-im-lead-brand/#comments Mon, 05 Oct 2015 15:00:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1187754 The FR-S did not turn out to be Scion’s savior. Doubts regarding the ability of a conventional hatchback and a subcompact sedan — the brand’s first sedan — to rescue a brand that was built on unconventional cars have been expressed in many corners. Yet with the arrival of those two cars, the iA and […]

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The FR-S did not turn out to be Scion’s savior. Doubts regarding the ability of a conventional hatchback and a subcompact sedan — the brand’s first sedan — to rescue a brand that was built on unconventional cars have been expressed in many corners. Yet with the arrival of those two cars, the iA and […]

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The Toyota C-HR is Exactly What Scion Needs To Succeed http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/toyota-c-hr-exactly-scion-needs-succeed/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/toyota-c-hr-exactly-scion-needs-succeed/#comments Tue, 15 Sep 2015 18:00:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1172314 Toyota’s compact crossover C-HR will be making another auto show appearance before its production version is unveiled next year at the Geneva Auto Show, and its quite possible that the model could make or break Scion’s future in the U.S. Toyota hasn’t released many details about the C-HR, other than to say that it’ll be built […]

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Toyota’s compact crossover C-HR will be making another auto show appearance before its production version is unveiled next year at the Geneva Auto Show, and its quite possible that the model could make or break Scion’s future in the U.S. Toyota hasn’t released many details about the C-HR, other than to say that it’ll be built […]

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Scion Wants to Sell Cars on New-fangled Thing Called “The Internet” http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/scion-wants-to-sell-cars-on-new-fangled-thing-called-the-internet/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/scion-wants-to-sell-cars-on-new-fangled-thing-called-the-internet/#comments Wed, 05 Aug 2015 21:00:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1134665 Scion — the youth focused, geriatric-coveted Toyota Junior Team brand — is looking to push sales in a different direction as it tries to shed its “retiree in an xB” image in favor of #millenials Snapchatting their road trips in Scion iMs. According to The Detroit Bureau, Scion wants to offer their wares online in more markets […]

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Scion — the youth focused, geriatric-coveted Toyota Junior Team brand — is looking to push sales in a different direction as it tries to shed its “retiree in an xB” image in favor of #millenials Snapchatting their road trips in Scion iMs. According to The Detroit Bureau, Scion wants to offer their wares online in more markets […]

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2016 Scion iA Review With Video – Mono-Priced Zoom-Zoom http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/2016-scion-ia-review-video-mono-priced-zoom-zoom/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/2016-scion-ia-review-video-mono-priced-zoom-zoom/#comments Mon, 06 Jul 2015 13:00:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1105937 When is a Scion not a Scion? Since Scion is division of Toyota, this is both a trick question and a serious one. Scions can be anything from tweaked Toyotas and foreign market Toyotas to cars built by other manufacturers for Scion. The first such product was the collaboratively developed Scion FR-S / Subaru BRZ / Toyota 86. […]

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When is a Scion not a Scion? Since Scion is division of Toyota, this is both a trick question and a serious one. Scions can be anything from tweaked Toyotas and foreign market Toyotas to cars built by other manufacturers for Scion. The first such product was the collaboratively developed Scion FR-S / Subaru BRZ / Toyota 86. […]

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2016 Scion iM Review – Toyota’s Tweener Takes a Turn http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/2016-scion-im-review-toyotas-tweener-takes-turn/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/2016-scion-im-review-toyotas-tweener-takes-turn/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 15:00:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1105113 To wonder aloud: How long can cool be, you know, cool? For Scion, “cool” has a half-life of around 12 years and the youth-oriented brand from Toyota has a significant turn to right the ship back toward sales from the its first year in America. Last month, Scion posted a 20-percent dip in sales, discontinued two models — iQ […]

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To wonder aloud: How long can cool be, you know, cool? For Scion, “cool” has a half-life of around 12 years and the youth-oriented brand from Toyota has a significant turn to right the ship back toward sales from the its first year in America. Last month, Scion posted a 20-percent dip in sales, discontinued two models — iQ […]

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New York 2015: 2016 Scion iA Revealed http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-2016-scion-ia-revealed/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-2016-scion-ia-revealed/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 13:14:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1034729 With its angry looks and compact size, the Mazda-based 2016 Scion iA made its world debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show. Power for the compact sedan comes from a 1.5-liter four putting all 106 horses to the front through either a six-speed manual or automatic. Fuel economy figures come to 33 mpg in […]

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With its angry looks and compact size, the Mazda-based 2016 Scion iA made its world debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show. Power for the compact sedan comes from a 1.5-liter four putting all 106 horses to the front through either a six-speed manual or automatic. Fuel economy figures come to 33 mpg in […]

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NYIAS 2015: Scion iM, iA Teased Ahead Of Debut http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/nyias-2015-scion-im-ia-teased-ahead-debut/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/nyias-2015-scion-im-ia-teased-ahead-debut/#comments Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:00:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1024849 Though we already have an idea as to what the Scion iM will look like, Toyota issued teasers for it and the iA ahead of their New York debut in April. The five-door iM hatchback is meant to pull in customers seeking sporty looks with “maximum versatility,” while the iA sedan “is designed to appeal […]

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Though we already have an idea as to what the Scion iM will look like, Toyota issued teasers for it and the iA ahead of their New York debut in April. The five-door iM hatchback is meant to pull in customers seeking sporty looks with “maximum versatility,” while the iA sedan “is designed to appeal […]

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Capsule Review: 2014 Scion tC http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/capsule-review-2014-scion-tc/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/capsule-review-2014-scion-tc/#comments Mon, 05 Jan 2015 15:00:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=970825 I recently said “while there are other sporty coupes for not a lot of money, there aren’t many.” The Scion tC was not one of the cars I had in mind. Oh, it does its best to look its part, and I was surprised that I liked it as much as I did, but it’s […]

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I recently said “while there are other sporty coupes for not a lot of money, there aren’t many.” The Scion tC was not one of the cars I had in mind. Oh, it does its best to look its part, and I was surprised that I liked it as much as I did, but it’s […]

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Study: Nine Brands Suffer Loyalty Issues Among Their Customers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/study-nine-brands-suffer-loyalty-issues-among-customers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/study-nine-brands-suffer-loyalty-issues-among-customers/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:00:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=896834 Honda, Ford and Toyota all have one thing in common as far as Kelley Blue Book knows: All three inspire brand loyalty among over half of its customer base. Alas, nine other brands wish they could be just as inspirational. In its study of KBB data from 33 brands regarding customer loyalty, 24/7 Wall St. […]

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Honda, Ford and Toyota all have one thing in common as far as Kelley Blue Book knows: All three inspire brand loyalty among over half of its customer base. Alas, nine other brands wish they could be just as inspirational. In its study of KBB data from 33 brands regarding customer loyalty, 24/7 Wall St. […]

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Capsule Review: 2014 Scion FR-S http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/capsule-review-2014-scion-fr-s/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/capsule-review-2014-scion-fr-s/#comments Mon, 07 Jul 2014 12:00:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=829402 If you purchase a Scion FR-S with an automatic transmission, I hope you’re deeply ashamed. There might be a legitimate reason. I’d accept a condition that prevents you from working a clutch and shifter. You know, something like losing a tussle with gangrene as a child or an advanced Type-II Diabetes induced foot-ectomy. Harsh, inconsiderate […]

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If you purchase a Scion FR-S with an automatic transmission, I hope you’re deeply ashamed. There might be a legitimate reason. I’d accept a condition that prevents you from working a clutch and shifter. You know, something like losing a tussle with gangrene as a child or an advanced Type-II Diabetes induced foot-ectomy. Harsh, inconsiderate […]

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New York 2014: 2015 Scion FR-S Release Series 1.0 Unveiled http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/new-york-2014-2015-scion-fr-s-release-series-1-0-unveiled/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/new-york-2014-2015-scion-fr-s-release-series-1-0-unveiled/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:26:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=800370 Tucked away in the darkened Scion section at the 2014 New York Auto Show, the 2015 Scion FR-S Release Series 1.0 may light up the room with its bright yellow paint, but the owner will still have to be the one to make it light up its tires. The Release Series 1.0 — limited to […]

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Tucked away in the darkened Scion section at the 2014 New York Auto Show, the 2015 Scion FR-S Release Series 1.0 may light up the room with its bright yellow paint, but the owner will still have to be the one to make it light up its tires. The Release Series 1.0 — limited to […]

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