• Nov 14, 2008
The JDM market is apparently enamored with vehicles that look like they're stuck in the shipping crate. We saw the first generation Toyota bB here as the Scion xB before it went on an eating binge and lost all its charm. That original bB went on to another generation, and has its own scions in form of some Daihatsu models. Subaru inked a deal back in April to share models between Toyota and Daihatsu, and this hideous little box with the star-motif badges is the result. There are three trim levels, and the Dex will relieve you of $15,000-$20,000. And here we thought even Subaru had relinquished its weird years ago. Turns out it was there all along, and the Dex is the ballcap-shaped box of contrived quirk that proves it.

[Source: Inside Line]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      and the vans that are driven around in north america aren't ugly? how about the aztek? cavalier? sunfire? new caravan? that van's design looked like it was from back in the 70s.
      The Japanese might acquire a weird taste in automobiles, but they definitely last longer than all the cars made here in NA. not to mention, they actually save gas.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Great. More ugly boxes.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Excuse me guys , am i the onl one that noticed that this is excatly the diahatsu materia with a subaru grill & badge ?
      • 6 Years Ago
      EW!
      Jon Russell
      • 6 Years Ago
      how cool would this thing be with sti performance lol
      • 6 Years Ago
      You may not like it, but it will sell very well. It is utilitarian, quirky and has personality. Not unlike the original xB, but more stylish in a young person sort of way.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like an xB but it's a Subie? What's not to like? If it's AWD I'm game.
      • 6 Years Ago
      As a Subaru enthusiast, I have just three words...



      AWWW, HELLL NOOOO!!!!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Huh and all this time I thought the Dex was the Quest directory.

      As for this impostor its a 1.3l 4spd auto with no mention of turbo or awd. This comment leaves me to think Japan can keep it, "The sole 1.3-liter engine links to a four-speed automatic transmission and offers the promise of efficient, if not exactly sparkling, performance."

      AWD, its what makes a Subaru a Subaru.....in the US atleast.....
      • 6 Years Ago
      coupla things - the original bB was available in 4wd guise (NCP35 chassis) and the current JDM model is also (QNC25) .
      http://www.tradecarview.com/used_car/japan_car/toyota/bb/?fid=2006

      Neither of them are kei cars - too big!

      I have an NCP30 and it's an fun little drive and practical too. The '06 Materia below is nicer inside but somehow has less soul...

      You can see them side by side here:
      http://picasaweb.google.com/jifjif/200712
      • 6 Years Ago
      Truthfully, it does not look that bad.
        • 6 Years Ago
        +1 Saw the Daihatsu version at an auto show, and personally I liked it. In fact, I like it more than what our xB has become. This little bugger should have come to the States instead of the whale that we got.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Agreed. I think this is what the Scion xB should have become. However, I don't think it would work at all (in the US) as a Subaru due to its AWD-only image (in the US).
      • 6 Years Ago
      "We saw the first generation Toyota bB here as the Scion xB before it went on an eating binge and lost all its charm."

      If that "charm" you speak of was a 10 second 0-60 time, then there are plenty of Gen1 xBs you can buy on used lots. I have a Gen2, and I love it. Journalists love the Gen1 because they got to spend a half day in one and it was straight up, undiluted JDM. But live with that anemic xB1 powerplant for a few weeks, and that charm everyone laments so much disappears.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Anemic? You're kidding, right? The xB1 was specced just fine for its natural habit, i.e. mall parking lots. If you really want to buy a vehicle based on the the nine minutes a year you spend passing truck on the highway, go nuts: there are plenty of xB2's available.

        ...sitting on dealer lots, unpurchased, while its Gen 1 brethren are fetching prices - with 40K on them - equal to what they sold for new.

        The trade-off was obviously not worth it. I believe that makes you, sir, in the minority.
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