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Review: 2008 Scion xB

In the latter part of the 1990s, Toyota realized it had a problem on its hands. Although its sales had been climbing steadily for years, the average age of its customers was also climbing. That's fine in the short term, but over the long haul if a company isn't attracting some younger clientele into its showrooms, sales will eventually begin to dry up. After several years of unsuccessfully trying to attract more youthful customers with cars like the Echo, the Japanese behemoth tried a new tack in early 2003. That was when Toyota announced a new brand called Scion that would be targeted... Read More

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    SEMA Preview: Scion bringing a six pack
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    Scion's been a perennial SEMA attendee for the last five years, with customization being a central tenet of the brand. This year, the cool-seeking Toyota nameplate is bringing a sextet of vehicles, three each of tCs and xBs, all customized. The xBs were sent out to customizers to get thematic treatments. The three art cars embody different ideas; one's a ...

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    Scion sales are down, brand image in flux
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    Click above for a high-res gallery of the 2008 Scion xB.My older brother Brian drives a Scion xD. He's 39 years old, and probably considered anything but cool by 18-24 year-old standards. He bought his little xD because he was tired of filling up his AWD 2001 Chevy Astro conversion van, and he's gone from getting 12 mpg to about 30. While that's a big-time ...

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    Scion's newest ad campaign puts reader's rides on billboards
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    Scion owners recently submitted pics of their personalized vehicles, including tC, xA, xB, and xD models, to the company for evaluation. The loyal owners were participating in Scion's "United by Individuality" brand campaign, designed to put individuals' modified vehicles in magazines, on billboards, even projected onto movie screens. More than 300 cars ...

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    Scion prices the 2009 xB and tC. Tacks another $100 onto the box.
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    Click above for a high-res gallery of the 2009 Scion xB.Scion announced pricing for the 2009 xB and tC today, and if you want to get your hands on the love-it-or-hate-it toaster on wheels, you'll have to pony up an extra $100 this year. The xB's base price is now $16,370 (including shipping), and comes equipped with a five-speed manual as standard ...

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    Scion xB spontaneously combusts during dealer service
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    Click above for more pics of the Scion xB post-fire damageAn auto dealer service center is a lot like a doctor's office for your car. When something is wrong or your ride needs a check-up, a technician can set things right. Of course sometimes doctors make mistakes like taking off your left foot when they're supposed to amputate the right one, and things ...

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    Baubles: Windup Key sickeningly cute
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    The March Men's Vogue recently asked if the Smart fortwo is manly enough, and while we're not exactly lining up to buy one, we also wouldn't rip a friend (too much) for picking up the fuel-sipping two-seater. If our pal's fortwo had a Windup Key, however, all bets are off, and a Charley Horse or three may be in order. The Windup Key is a 22-by-10 inch faux ...

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    Toyota is considering a hybrid for Scion
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    Click above for high-res gallery of the Scion Hako ConceptFirst, 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. ...

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    Inside Line pokes fun at the Nissan Cube
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    PHOTO: Scott Jacobs / INSIDE LINEIt had to happen, given the fundamental laws of nature governing rivalries: Inside Line has done a playful side-by-side comparison of the Nissan Cube and the Scion xB. JDM-spec Cube did not fare exactly well against the US-market Scion (which it won't compete directly against, anyway). The Nissan's 1.4L four is perfectly ...

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    Chicago 2008: MotorWeek announces 2008 Drivers Choice Awards
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    Last year, we were surprised by Motor Week's choice for its 2007 "Best Of The Year" , the Honda Fit. This year, we were simply shocked that its choice for 2008 is the Scion xB. It's not that the xB is a bad car, it's that there are so many better choices. In fact, peruse the list below of winners in other categories. Almost any of the other cars on the ...

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    VIDEO: 2007 Scion xB In the Autoblog Garage
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    Here's a little something we've been cooking up for a while. We've seen your cries for more video reviews, and it's on our minds, too. We've been trying to bring you more video in a lot of ways lately; Chris Shunk recently walked us through the new Grand Caravan, and Damon and Sam shot some video when they went to visit Tesla to drive the Roadster. You ...

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    Friday Fun: RWD Scion xB with Chevy V8 power!
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    click above for more high-res iamges of the V8-powered Scion xBForget about body kits, custom fiberglass enclosures for your woofer and LCDs in the headrests. This is the only way to make the Scion xB entertaining in our humble opinion. Oh yeah, Scion wants you to think its cars are more fun than a box of rocks, but like Flava Flav said, don't believe the ...

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    Scion announces xB Release Series 5.0 for February
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    click above for more high-res images of the 2008 Scion xB R.S. 5.0Scion does this all the time – unveils a special Release Series version of a model and affixes an X.0 appendage to the name like it's a firmware update. Very hip, edgy stuff. The newest one and first special edition Scion model for 2008 is the xB R.S. 5.0. This edition's main selling ...

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    SEMA 2007 Spotlight: Making it stick like snot with Hotchkis
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    When it comes to comprehensive suspension tuning, Hotchkis has established itself as a premium player for both domestic and imported performance rides. Their WRX sway bars have proven to be some of the strongest and lightest on the market (not to mention three-way adjustable), and they've constantly been ahead of the curve by offering new products for ...

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    SEMA 2007: Scion spirit at SEMA
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    Click the image above to view a couple of Scion's SEMA entries."These are our people!" has always been Scion's mantra at SEMA. Car customization and personalization is the cornerstone of Toyota's "youth"branded division, despite the number of retirees buying up xBs to shuffle between the doctor's office and the Elk's Lodge.While there were a number of ...

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    Review: 2008 Scion xB
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    In the latter part of the 1990s, Toyota realized it had a problem on its hands. Although its sales had been climbing steadily for years, the average age of its customers was also climbing. That's fine in the short term, but over the long haul if a company isn't attracting some younger clientele into its showrooms, sales will eventually begin to dry up. ...

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    AutoblogGreen Short Take: 2008 Scion xB - packing on the pounds
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    Click the xB for a high-res galleryToyota has been taking plenty of hits from environmental groups of late for playing up a green image while working behind the scenes to neuter new fuel economy standards. The big Tundra pickup has gotten most of the attention as a gas hog, but another more diminutive model has taken a big mileage hit for 2008 and not ...

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    Video of Tom Hanks driving his electric Scion xB
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    Recently, I posted a Myspace video of Tom Hank driving his eBox, a Scion xB converted to run on electricity. That video is no longer working but I found Tom Hanks' MySpace page with the video, so now you can watch it below the fold. Tom also has a video introducing his MySpace page and a trailer for his newest movie, Charlie Wilson's War, which opens ...

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    xB badge redeux: Toyota Corolla Rumion
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    While the redesigned Scion xB has been floating around the U.S. for a few months now, Toyota has seen fit to rename it the Rumion in the homeland, and is offering it in more enticing flavors.Two engine choices are available, either a 1.5- or 1.8-liter four, both of which are mated to Toyota's Super CVT-i, and can send power to just the front wheels or all ...

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    Video: Tom Hanks driving his electric Scion xB
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    We mentioned Tom Hanks was the first person to get an eBox, a Scion xB converted to run on electric power. Above is a video of Tom driving in the eBox and explaining what it's all about, even showing a picture of it. The video's page says the video was deleted, it looks like a bad take and I can't find part 2; so the video may not work very soon. Anywho, ...

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    AutoblogGreen video: eBox test drive
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    I took a test drive in the eBox yesterday at an event for electric cars in Washington. The eBox is a Scion xB (you either love it or hate it) converted to run on electricity. I write about electric cars every day but I have to admit, it shocked me how quiet it was. I know it's cliché but it's really quiet! There is no sound at all and when it starts ...

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