RIP Boxy Scions (2002-2014)

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
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rip boxy scions 2002 2014

It’s the end of an automotive era, as the Scion xB (as well as the milquetoast xD) are set to die by the year’s end. In exchange, we’re getting a couple of new, world market Toyotas to shore up Scion’s lineup.

AutoGuide is reporting that two new additions will join the Scion lineup: first, Scion will get a version of the Toyota Auris, a hatchback that shares some mechanicals with the Toyota Corolla. One chief difference is the addition of an independent rear suspension, and our own Ronnie Schreiber had the chance to compare our Corolla with the Auris not long ago. With the Toyota Matrix set to die, the Auris would be a perfect replacement.

The second vehicle will be based on the new Mazda2/Toyota Yaris joint venture, but it will take the form of a conventional sedan and be built at Mazda’s new Mexican factory.

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  • Seth1065 Seth1065 on Jun 03, 2014

    Well I am not a scion fan I will miss the box, it stood out and that should count for something, seems everyone I know who had version one and version 2 liked version one better, kinda of like a Miata that way.

  • Brettc Brettc on Jun 04, 2014

    So Toyota is actually going to sell a real wagon again? One that's not on stilts (Venza) or has a hybrid propulsion system and costs $30000 or more (Prius-V)? A real wagon like the old Corolla or Camry wagons from the 90s? If so, that's great. I know no one buys wagons (except weirdos like me), but it would be great if Toyota tries again with one. If they slot it as a Scion, maybe they'd sell some to the edgy hipsters, or just old people that want a basic wagon.

  • Threeer Threeer on Jun 04, 2014

    Though I am big on supporting American manufacturing and am heavily influencing my next auto purchase based on that, *if* they actually offered the wagon pictured with a *gasp* manual, I'd be sorely temtped. I need a good puppy hauler for my dog rescue work I do when I'm back in the USA. I'd dearly love if one of the American manufacturers would build a similar wagon in the US (Chevy...what about the Cruze wagon? Hmmmm), but wagons just aren't jumping off the lot. Yes, there is always the CUV, but I'd prefer a wagon. Kinda leaves Subie and VW. Maybe I'll just buy a used Ranger and toss a camper shell on the back and call it done...

    • Kvndoom Kvndoom on Jun 04, 2014

      That is a sharp looking wagon. I have a feeling we'll only get the hatch though.

  • Zanadu Zanadu on Jun 08, 2014

    You guys are forgetting that a version of the Auris is indeed sold here. It's called the Lexus CT200h. It's a hybrid and goes for $32,050. There ya go, there's your answer. Toyota realized they could make the IRS and hybrid variant of the Corolla a small luxury car and make way more money on it.