The mini-truck is dead. Long live the mini-truck!

We aren't alone in our love for compact cargo haulers. AutoGuide recently took the time to sit down with Jack Hollis, the vice president of Scion, who apparently shares our affinity for the smallest of pickups. While Hollis didn't go so far as to say that a Scion pickup was first on his list of things to do, he did mention that he's very interested in the idea and that a lot of Scion customers are, as well.

Don't think that means we'll see Scion-badged Toyota Tacoma models roaming the wastes anytime soon, though. Hollis says that in an ideal world, Scion would partner up with Daihatsu to create an entirely new vehicle in a similar fashion as what Scion cooked up with Subaru for the FR-S. Dragging one of the Toyota subsidiary's current products through the federalization gauntlet would cost more than the effort would be worth, Hollis says.

We won't exactly hold our breath for the model to arrive anytime soon, but we're still thrilled to hear that the upper ranks of at least one automaker is giving the mini-truck segment serious consideration.


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      4 String
      • 3 Years Ago
      That being said, if Scion can fill the void left by the departure of the 1994 Toyota Pick up truck (and other similar lightweight counterparts), they will certainly revitalize their sales and image.
      4 String
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope Scion moves away from stock wimpiness (refer to Scion xD) to a legitimate, diverse, practical, and fun product line. The whole marketing toward "youngin's" is misguided. Just make nice (keyword, nice) affordable cars that fits a larger demographic's fancy. I.e. older enthusiasts can drive Scion FR-S's too.
      TheStagg
      • 3 Years Ago
      they should bring back the xb open deck. those were quite funky back overseas!
      willyk52
      • 3 Years Ago
      http://www.autoblog.com/2009/11/03/scion-xb-bonneville-brandon-leungs-sema-2009/
      Temple
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, Scion,with the currently weak lineup of 3 cars is suddenly getting pretty diverse lineup: FR-S, iQ, and a compact pickup.
      Oceanblue78
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why do they make Scions still?
      Klinkster
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wonder whether this means the funky A-BAT prototype will make it into production? If so...then cool! http://www.toyota.com/concept-vehicles/abat.html
      Subcompact Culture
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would love to see a compact pickup in the U.S. However, I can't imagine any of the Daihatsu Hijets being offered as Scion. At least nothing they currently offer. Like I said, though: I'd love to own a tiny pickup.
      Hashiryu
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hmmm A Scion Hijet... actually makes a lot of damned sense. Those things are awesome little runabouts.
      Mikespeed95
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd be all about a Scion Hi-Jet, those things are awesome for a little errand mobile!
      ESRick
      • 3 Years Ago
      I really miss my 1981 Ford Courier pickup. It was a short bed, 6 feet, but was plenty big enough for most uses, could tow a few thousand pounds, and got 27 mpg all the time living in Atlanta, GA. With modern direct fuel injection and a tall 5th gear, that same combination could easily get the miles per gallon up in the mid 30's now, if not higher. Pickup trucks are just too big and heavy now.
      Sgt Beavis
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is fascinating because all of Daihatsu's pickups are cab forward models. Those tiny trucks have been sold here as farm equipment for years now but they cannot be registered for US roads. It makes me wonder how they will market these as Scions. IMO it would be infinitely easier to sell them under the Toyota brand.
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