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carcrasher88 US (13)

2015-04-22 16:37

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Just looked over the Scion websites for both the US and Canada, and it seems the iQ is discontinued in the US market, as it's still listed as a 2014 on the US page, but listed on the Canadian site as a 2015.

It's exactly the same for the xB, listed on the US page as 2014, Canada as 2015.

Likely, this means the 2014's are still on the site to help Scion dealers in the US sell off remaining stock, as new models are no longer being shipped to US Scion dealers.

This basically means that in the US, Scion only has two 2015 model year cars, the FR-S and tC, while the upcoming iA (rebadged Mazda3 sedan built in Mexico) and iM (rebadged Toyota Auris, probably imported from Japan, and not from the UK) are slated to be 2016 models when they arrive in the third quarter in the US, while the iA will be sold in Canada as the Toyota Yaris Sedan, with only the iM being added to the lineup.

That would mean that by the time the 2016 model year comes around for Scion, they'll have 4 models in the US and 3 in Canada, with the likely discontinuation of the iQ and xB in Canada after the 2015 model year.

Desscythe17 UK (8339)

2015-04-22 17:03

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Yeah I usually discontinue cars when the stock is sold out. One exception however, is the Nissan Altima Coupé, as it is still listed on the Nissan site as a 2013 model, but I'm pretty sure autoblog reported they were sold out a while ago.

carcrasher88 US (13)

2015-04-22 17:26

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Makes sense.

Also, I'm really surprised how this brand still sticks around with such little product.

I mean, sure, Chrysler only has 3 cars at the moment, but they're part of a company with a large variety of vehicles scattered across multiple brands.

With Scion, on the other hand, they're one of just three in the US market, and the other two, Toyota and Lexus, have much larger lineups and there are so many other Toyota models not sold in the US that might make decent Scion products.

Namely, the Ractis (could make a good iR or iV), SAI (The Lexus HS version failed here, but I could see the SAI coming here as an iS), and the Avensis Wagon (which is already related to the existing tC, and maybe they could fit the tC's engine in it, could make a good iW).

Desscythe17 UK (8339)

2015-04-22 23:49

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carcrasher88 wrote Makes sense.

Also, I'm really surprised how this brand still sticks around with such little product.

I mean, sure, Chrysler only has 3 cars at the moment, but they're part of a company with a large variety of vehicles scattered across multiple brands.

With Scion, on the other hand, they're one of just three in the US market, and the other two, Toyota and Lexus, have much larger lineups and there are so many other Toyota models not sold in the US that might make decent Scion products.

Namely, the Ractis (could make a good iR or iV), SAI (The Lexus HS version failed here, but I could see the SAI coming here as an iS), and the Avensis Wagon (which is already related to the existing tC, and maybe they could fit the tC's engine in it, could make a good iW).

What surprises me most, is that Scion doesn't have a hybrid car. It's Toyota after all! It might have been a good idea to sell the Toyota Aqua/Prius c as a Scion. But I've read reviews, and they are not positive at all about the Prius c (even though the Aqua became Japan's best selling car in no-time).

Also, Chrysler isn't that big if you think about it. There's Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram (and possibly Fiat if you count that). So it still doesn't offer much more than the Toyota group.

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Desscythe17 UK (8339)

2016-02-03 17:32

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Well, Scion is meeting its end. By this fall, the FR-S, iA and iM will be rebadged into Toyotas, while the tC and xB are discontinued. The new C-HR concept-based crossover will also become a Toyota like in the rest of the world.

JFK CZ (375)

2016-02-03 17:53

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Desscythe17 wrote Well, Scion is meeting its end. By this fall, the FR-S, iA and iM will be rebadged into Toyotas, while the tC and xB are discontinued. The new C-HR concept-based crossover will also become a Toyota like in the rest of the world.

I suppose we should edit cars in production to 201_-2016?

Desscythe17 UK (8339)

2016-02-03 18:05

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JFK wrote
I suppose we should edit cars in production to 201_-2016?

No, because the site would register them as not being sold right now. I'll edit them when they are actually discontinued. The engines can be listed as -2016 though.

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JFK CZ (375)

2016-02-03 19:03

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Desscythe17 wrote
No, because the site would register them as not being sold right now. I'll edit them when they are actually discontinued.

Yeah, that is true, I forgot about it.

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