One week from today, Scion will take the wraps off a concept car that's a thinly disguised version of its first new production car in several years. The Scion iM Concept, to be formally introduced at the Los Angeles Auto Show next week, is a compact five-door hatchback that's clearly based on the European Toyota Auris model. DON'T MISS: Struggling Scion To Get Mazda2-Based Sedan, Auris-Based Hatchback, In Future? You can think of the Auris as a hatchback version of the enormously popular Toyota Corolla sedan, albeit with slightly edgier styling. Scion says the iM Concept offers "sporty looks...
Struggling Scion To Get Mazda2-Based Sedan, Auris-Based Hatchback, In Future?
Scion, the supposedly hip, youth-oriented brand established 10 years ago by Toyota, hasn't had a new volume model in seven years. Its overall sales fell last year even as the new-car market surged. Now, apparently, it's slated to get two new models--a subcompact hatchback based on the...John Voelcker
Expanding the Prius Lineup: Minivan, Compact Hatch, or Coupe?
While the all-electric cars being launched as 2011 models--the Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt, and Coda Sedan--get lots of attention, their total U.S. sales won't break 100,000 in their first year. Toyota, on the other hand, sells more than twice that number of hybrids here each year, making it by far...John Voelcker
So, IS This the Next Toyota Prius Model? Should It Be?
Toyota's plans to expand its Prius hybrid into an entire line of vehicles still aren't completely clear. Rumored new models have included a coupe version and a tall station wagon or "people mover" small minivan. Now a road test of the Europe-only 2011 Toyota Auris Hybrid raises the question: Will...John Voelcker
2010 Geneva Motor Show: New Green Production Cars
No, sadly, we're not at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, underway this week in Switzerland. But we've been keeping close tabs on the introductions via our colleagues throughout the High Gear Media network. Here's our list of the green cars shown at Geneva that are headed for production. Most of them...John Voelcker