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 Scion Axing the xB and xD 
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I've never been a fan of the xD but the xB? I thought that would at least see a 3rd generation!

Sources: Torque News (http://www.torquenews.com/1081/scion-ax ... -xd-models)

Scion has announced that it will be discontinuing its xB and xD models, thus living up to its “one and done” motto. The brand originally intended for all of its models to be terminated after a single life cycle. The xB and xD vehicles join the previously axed xA model. According to Scion, the elimination of xB and xD models will make room for all-new Scion vehicles, but not direct replacements of the aforementioned models. The automaker’s insistence that there will be no direct replacements for the xB and xD likely means that Scion’s box-shaped car era may have finally come to an end.

Launched in 2004, the Scion xB is a five-door, box-shaped compact hatchback. Mainly targeted towards the youth demographic, the xB enjoyed strong initial sales, but declined in recent years. The xB’s popularity has been on a steady downturn since its record sales of 61,306 units in 2006. In 2011, Scion sold just over 17,000 xB models.

Fans of the xB can still purchase the latest 2012 model, which ranks 11 out of 41 on U.S. News’ Affordable Small Cars list. The 2012 xB earned an overall score 8.2 based on 83 published reviews and test drives. Despite a less than stellar fuel economy, the xB received praise for its styling, notable tech features, passenger room, cargo space and safety ratings.

Unlike the xB, the xD never quite became popular amongst car buyers during its six year production run. The xD is a five-door hatchback, which replaced the now extinct xA model. The xD’s sales figures never reached the success of the xB, achieving its record sales of 27,665 in 2008. Unfortunately for Scion, the xD sold a paltry 9,573 vehicles last year.

The 2012 xD ranks 22 out of 41 Affordable Small Cars according to U.S. News. Although the xD garnered some recognition for its hip styling and nifty interior features, the vehicle’s overall score suffered due to poor fuel economy, lack of interior room and poor cargo space.

Removing the xB and xD from Scion’s lineup leaves the automaker with three models: the tC; iQ and FR-S. Scion’s lineup boasts both the world’s smallest four-seater in the iQ and the all-new 2013 FR-S sports car, which goes on sale this spring. Also still available is Scion tC liftback model, currently in its second generation.


Mon Apr 23, 2012 12:24 pm
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It's a little disheartening, considering the brand started with two small 4-door cars. The bB is still being made in Japan, in a second generation; considering the segment of buyers complaining of the 2nd-generation xB being too big, maybe it's time for a revival? However, like they said, the Soul seems to be tearing up that segment (100K sales in 2011), so maybe it's time to differentiate... but it's weird to think of the entire Scion line being 2-door or 3-door.

As for the FR-S, the opposite problem seems to be present: they can't be made fast enough. Subaru's only going to allocate 6,000 units for the USDM, and Japan already has a waiting list going into 2013.

I still want to see a 5-door hatchback offering that's cheaper than the Matrix, though that's basically the bB.

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Mon Apr 23, 2012 7:50 pm
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Noooooo not the xB. I am a tC girl but I love to see xBs on the road.


Mon Apr 23, 2012 8:42 pm
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If you ask me, it seems like the beginning of the end. When you abandon what made you who you are, there isn't much of a point to go on. IMHO

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i just don't get where their head is with this :bang
look at it this way dan.they may be making room for the xp

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scion is only supposed to have 3 models anyway.

tC
FR-S
iQ

I wouldnt be surprised if something didnt come out for a while.

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Tue Apr 24, 2012 7:17 pm
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I gave up on the xP long ago and the article said there would most likely not be another boxy style scion. :(

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Eh, no big deal about the xD. Shoulda just kept the xA around honestly. xB will be back. Hearing there will be a pretty cool replacement for it.

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Don't worry scion isn't going anywhere just yet. Wait and see what comes next :whistle

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Scion might not be going away, but they seem to have left us.

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oldmanatee wrote:
Scion might not be going away, but they seem to have left us.


Amen to that Brotha!

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^yea they left us long ago....


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Thats what happens when they ask for ideas and oppinions. Then do the exact opposite of what we say.


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dexter_5000 wrote:
Thats what happens when they ask for ideas and oppinions. Then do the exact opposite of what we say.

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:rofl :clap :rofl


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My Dad was just down at our scion dealer and they told him the xD is still being built... ofcourse this is a salesman telling him that so you can draw your own conclusions. :)

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Thats because a 2013 Scion xD is still being built, while the xB is not.

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How awesome does that look!

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its so cute!!! but probably the last run of the xD


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In more positive news, I heard a rumor that Kia's version of the xP will be coming out soon.


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