• Apr 22, 2010
The good people at Inside Line seem to think Scion has an itch to go topless. The site names a handful of unnamed sources that say Toyota's youth-bent brand is looking for an easy way to inject some life into its lineup – something that could be easily accomplished by cutting the roof off of the newly unveiled tC coupe. The car just received its first significant redesign in six years, and as such, IL seems to think the time is ripe to add a convertible model to the mix.
The site makes a compelling case for the move, including the fact that there are very few affordable drop heads on the market right now. Throw in the fact that Toyota just sent its one and only convertible, the Solara, packing for good, and it seems to make sense.

We have to wonder exactly how many freshly-minted college grads would snap up a convertible tC, though. After all, Scion is easily as popular with the AARP crowd as it is with the younger set, thanks largely to the brand's vehicles that are bigger on function than they are on style. We're looking at you, xB. Would a convertible help to drop the brand's demographic by a few generations? Maybe so, but considering we haven't heard word one from Toyota on this front, we'll have to leave this one in the rumormill pile a little longer.



[Source: Inside Line]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I think it will looks good.

      Always liked the TC nice looking car. Has the ability to be a great FWD car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      such ugly car and brand.
      • 4 Years Ago
      huh. I actually think this could look pretty decent. I think a lot of people don't like the redesign because of the gigantic C-pillar, and the ragtop might make that feature look a little less awkward.

      I won't buy one, but I bet some teenage girl would beg her mommy for it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The TC has always been a nice car but I think the convertible would end up in even more reitre hands after all they all look for low cost convertibles check out the people of drive the Sebring convertible and you'll see what I mean.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just what every 16-yr-old needs... a car with no roof.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Market the tC convertible to teenage girls. DO ITT
      • 4 Years Ago
      It would lure some poor youngsters who don't care about practicality.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Jason Harris - lol, i keep forgetting how shallow that thing is in back
        • 4 Years Ago
        Every time I get into my tC I think, "You know what this could use? Less trunk space."
      • 4 Years Ago
      why not make the tC actually better first? and then add the droptop later.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They just did a complete redesign. So that's as much effort as you'll see from them until 2017 or so in regards to making it better. Which is lame considering the redesign looks terrible inside and out.
        • 4 Years Ago
        SC: no, you're very consistent ;)
        • 4 Years Ago
        hg: have you seen the redesign? in person? it actually kinda works. looks like nothing else on the road. y

        a see, im detecting a pattern on AB: no matter what toyota does, whether it plays it safe with a conservative design or does something completely unique, the folks on here don't care. They hate on the brand no matter what. Conservative car: hate it. Unique car: hate it. Recall takes to long: hate it. Too quick to recall and fix a problem as soon as its discovered: hate it. Oh, and don't forget the bigots that refer to it as "jap" crap harkening us back to 1945. Next you'll want to open up the Japanese internment camps. Yeah...lovely folks on here.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Luis

        Well i have to say i don't discriminate. I don't care for MOST of the dashes automakers have been cut and pasting on their cars lately.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Is the TC bad to begin with ?
        • 4 Years Ago
        People misunderstand the tC. It's not meant to be sporty, it's a commuter with a sporty styling "flair," an alternative to Civic coupes, Focus coupes, Cobalt coupes, et cetera. And if you drive it with that in mind--not to mention a budget of ~$20K max--it's pretty clearly one of the better options in its segment. It certainly has a nicer interior (with more standard frippery) than the new Koup, which is also that kind of car.

        Anyway, I don't think the typical buyer for an affordable, non-sporting convertible would make much of the technical differences between a convertible tC, New Beetle, MINI, or Mustang. It'd pretty much come down to price and styling, and the tC is the only one of those that isn't gratuitously "retro," which might be worth something.
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