Monday, April 23, 2012

Scion to discontinue xB and xD models

Scion to discontinue xB and xD models

Scion recently announced that it will be discontinuing its xB and xD models. Hearkening back to its "one and done" philosophy of creating a model and not restyling it, Scion does not plan on replacing those models with new versions. Instead, the brand will focus on all-new models.

The original, subcompact xB was introduced in 2004 and discontinued in after the 2006 model year. A larger, more powerful (and thirstier) xB debuted as a 2008 model. The xD, which replaced the xA, debuted as a 2008 model.

This will leave Scion with the front-drive tC coupe, the iQ microcompact, and the rear-drive FR-S sports car. 

SOURCE: Wards Auto

In my personal opinion, I'm hoping Scion refocuses on its original vehicle lineup. In other words, offering small, practical, fuel-efficient models that are fun, funky, and different. The first xB was one of the cars that helped to jump start the subcompact market in the U.S. I would love to see the JDM Toyota bB or such finally make it to our shores. However, even if we get a U.S.-specific model, I hope it's more like the first xB and less like the second.

Scion to discontinue xD model


Tony said...

I has a sad :(

Anonymous said...

In 20 years the first generation XB will be a collectors car. The 2nd one a lot less so.