Spy Shots: A New Scion Sedan?

Ronnie Schreiber
by Ronnie Schreiber
spy shots a new scion sedan

Many automotive companies test cars and components for resistance to radio frequency interference not far from where I live in suburban Detroit. There are a number of radio and television broadcast antennas in the area, so it’s not uncommon to see camouflaged preproduction cars driving in the neighborhood or parked in the shadow of one of the radio or tv towers.

I was running over to my ex’s to give my younger daughter a ride to her teaching job, when I spotted this car. The driver was concerned about getting into trouble so I told him that I’d obscure his face, but I suppose he was a bit freaked out that I knew what he was doing there because he pulled away and drove around the corner. My first guess, based on the shape of the headlamp units is that it’s a sedan version of the Scion xD, which is currently sold here as a five-door (Toyota has a large R&D center in Ann Arbor and a technical center in Plymouth), though it doesn’t necessarily have to be a car intended for the U.S. continent.

Automotive suppliers with R&D facilities in southeastern Michigan will sometimes test foreign market cars in the same neighborhood. What do you think it is?

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  • Lie2me Lie2me on Nov 03, 2013

    (scratches head)... Now I'm not sure what it is, but then again it's not the kind of car I'd be interested in anyway

  • Tresmonos Tresmonos on Nov 03, 2013

    The yellow windshield labeling indicate it's a PD fleet car via Ford. The upper left or right labeling gives it away as Ford is the only OEM dumb enough to label a preproduction build to make their future product stand out further. In this case, it looks to be a TT build of some sort.

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    • Tresmonos Tresmonos on Nov 04, 2013

      @28-Cars-Later This could be a Figo or the fact that it doesn't have canvas camo leads us to believe it's significance has been reduced due to a cancellation or reveal event. I think this may be a Figo, based upon the door handles and mirrors.

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