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Scion Questions

Help! Strange Electrical Problem On Scion Tc

i have a 2004 scion tc. when i turn the key over some, but not all, electrical components come on (rpm meter, speedometer, etc go over) but the radio will not turn on and the engine does not turn or...

No Power Train What That Means

Compressor Clutch Air Gap?

What is the desired gap size for the Scion tc 2005 compressor clutch?

Fix A Scion Xb

Can you use parts from a Scion xB 2004 or 2006 to fix a Scion xB 2005?

Blinkers, Reverse Lights, Ac Buttons And My P N D D3 Lights Dont Show On My...

can't figure it out why my blinker lights my reverse lights or my ac buttons dont work and as well my gears dont light up on my dash board I checked the fuse and the relay and can't find what's wro...

Scion Overview

Ah, youth. It is a powerful market, catered to by the film industry, fashion world, TV producers, and of course automakers. Dismayed that its average buyer was 48 years old, Toyota wanted to bring in a younger, hipper Gen Y crowd, to build brand loyalty over the years. To do this, it created the U.S.-based Scion division. Scion's mission is to produce affordable compact entry-level cars that appeal to younger buyers with attention-grabbers such as top fuel economy, copious customizable accessories and a hassle-free, non-negotiable Pure Price sticker concept.

The first Scions debuted at the LA Auto Show in 2003. Both the Scion xA 5-door hatch and xB 5-door wagon had a limited release and were rebadged Japanese cars. Not until they were joined by the first true Scion model, the tC 2-door hatch, in 2004 did the brand go nationwide. The xB is the most popular of the Scions, accounting for 40% of sales, and is the most recognizable, with its boxy, milk-truck look. Though unique at the time, this layout was perfect for hauling cargo or college buddies. The xA featured more traditional rounded lines. Both started out with a 1.5-liter, 108-hp I4 engine. The sportier tC hatch is powered by a 2.4-liter DOHC I4 that gets 161-hp.

What makes Scion notable and appealing to younger buyers is the array of aftermarket options. With a list of 40 accessories both inside and out, drivers can customize their car to their lifestyle. A highly sought after subset of the Scions are the limited edition Release Series, which Toyota offers in small numbers usually as part of a marketing campaign.

Since its debut, the subcompact Scions have inherited a few competitors from the Honda Fit and Chevy Caliber, and 2008 will see its first refresh of the line. In 2008, the xA is replaced by the xD, which carries a longer wheelbase and gets a more powerful 1.8-liter, 128-hp I4 engine. The tC remains the same, but the xB undergoes some restyling. Still boldly square, more cargo space has been added, edges softened, split-folding rear seats included, and it now shares the 2.4-liter engine with the tC, though it only hits 158-hp. As further candy to tempt Gen Y buyers, both the xB and xD will come standard with iPod ports.

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