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Click above for high-res gallery of the Scion Hako Concept

First, the quote: "Will we have a truck in our lineup? Does it make sense to have a hybrid powertrain? Is a subcompact roadster the answer? Or will an SUV ever be viable for us. We don't know the answers but we're very open-minded." That quote comes courtesy of Jack Hollis, vice president for Scion. So, Scion is considering a hybrid, huh? That's an interesting thought, considering the low price-point that Scion operates in. Surely, a hybrid Scion would be pushing into Prius territory price-wise, which might be inconsistent with Scion's image. Whatever the case, we sure hope that the hybrid wouldn't be anything like their new Hako concept. Wow, is that sucker ug... eh, interesting looking.

In other related news, Hollis mentioned a Scion pickup. That's something worth considering, we think, and it's an idea that's been thrown around before. Ideally, we'd like to see Scion axe the Hako, make a real coupe to replace the aging tC and consider a hybrid drivetrain for that machine; test the waters for a compact unibody pickup and reduce the weight of the xB, making it more in line with the original model. Alas, nobody asked us.

[Source: The Detroit News]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      That is a very strange looking car for sure, i do not know how it is supposed to be icon in any way or reflect the youth culture of Japan or the Us or whatever it is supposed to have been inspired by. A lot of electric vehicles are pretty compared to that. - http://www.zapworld.com
      • 6 Years Ago
      The hako concept makes sense to me, seeing as how hako prolly means box and it looks just like a box. :p
      • 6 Years Ago
      Forget a Scion hybrid. Bring over the 2009 Toyota iQ either as an entry just below the new xD, or an xD replacement (I know, I know...the xD is brand new).

      The iQ is smaller, has a VERY high "coolness factor", and a great price point for Scion's target demographic. It would also get great fuel economy (eliminating the need for an expensive hybrid) and get Scion back to it's roots of providing funky, economical cars for young people.

      Voice your iQ opinion @ http://www.iqcolony.com

      Thank you!
      brian1russ
      • 6 Years Ago
      Making it a car current Scion owners don't like is an idiots idea. They have already gone (on the XB) to a lousy mileageSUV and they wonder why the sales dropped. Example 2006 XB = 30 mpg city, 35 highway vs 2008 XB = 22 city, 28 highway. A really dumb move isn't it? The XB has great head room and leg room. Converting it to a hybrid getting 50MPG highway and great city MPG is the best way to have a car ready for sale NOW, not three years from now.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i own a 06 xb.......bring back the original xb a little more
      bB(japan) syle and as a hybrid. i'll gladly pay 2000-3000
      more for one!!!!!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Only two things are delaying the intro of Scion hybrids - battery availability, and cost.

      Toyota has had to delay some hybrid intros due to lack of supply, but Panasonic is ramping up battery production, so we should see more hybrid models soon.

      Since Scion is designed for a young market without a lot of cash, it is important to keep costs reasonable. One way might be to substitute lead acid for NiMH, that would add nearly 140 lbs but would cut costs. Lead acid wouldn't last as long, either.

      The price of LiIon is dropping as production ramps up and improvements are made to production methods. Currently, LiIon is slightly more expensive per stored Kwh, but soon they may actually become cheaper than NiMH! When that happens, Toyota will start switching over, and when LiIon gets cheap enough we will see hybrid Scions.

      Hybrids, a two seater, a pickup - all sound like good additions to the Scion lineup.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Toyota needs to consider better DESIGNERS for Scion...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Scion needs to bring back the original xB and call it xB classic or something and call the current xB something else. The designers manages somehow to extract every ounce of coolness from the current xB when they redesigned it. This has to beone of thw worst redesigns ever! The new xB is too bigand looks like a boxy minivan.