October 26, 2011 – Los Angeles, CA – It’s hell week and we’re quickly approaching opening day of the 2011 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Luckily for Scion, they’re ahead of the game as they have completed all of their project cars in time for this year’s show while others are frantically adding the finishing touches as we speak. Just last night, Scion hosted a sneak preview of their new SEMA Show goodies at the very trendy Kim Sing Theater on Fig which is on the western edge of Chinatown in Los Angeles. This special event brought guests together from local and international locations. Invited media, the builders and a plethora of VIP guests had a chance to rub elbows, share stories and talk about cars while they dined on delicious drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Welcome to the car culture capital of the world!
Last year’s Scion Tuner Challenge paid hommage to our nation’s armed forces with an array of special build xB’s. This year, Scion will be showcasing seven projects in which . four of these cars will be the all-new “Smart-er & Mini-er” iQ (3 of which will be featured in the Tuner Challenge and one trick chop top utility cruiser), two xB’s a snowboarder’s dream ride & a VIP inspired Scion Canada Tuner Challenge Champ), and lastly one road race ready tC. You’ll be able to take a look at all these rides up close at booth# 20703 located on the northwest section of Central Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Tuner Challenge iQ by Michael Chang
Tuner Challenge iQ by Jon Sibal
Tuner Challenge iQ by Tatsu
iQ “Pit Boss” by Cartel
tC Gruppe S by Dynamic
Numeric xB by 686®
More photos can be found here: 10-26-11 Scion SEMA Preview GALLERY
Special thanks goes out to our friends at Scion USA!
It was inevitable but the details continue to trickle in as anticipation builds for the long awaited, fun-to-drive, Toyota FT-86 (a.k.a Scion FR-S for us in North America).
Just last week Toyota teased us with a video of a revamped FT-86 II for the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show. It was just yesterday that Toyota unveiled handful of new cars including the refreshed FT-86 II. Aside from the obvious pearly orange-red exterior, a few new features have surfaced specifically the brakes and the tires. It appears that the FT has gained four piston front, two piston rear Brembo brake calipers and some new shoes, FT-86 spec Bridgestone Potenza RE86 tires! It seems as if Bridgestone has resurrected the RE”86″ model name to match its AE86 heritage. Aside from the nice stance and great wheel fitment, could the staggered 19″ wheels possibly be forged BBS like the Lexus LFA? We can only wonder. Hurry up Toyota (& Scion), the suspense is killing us!!
Special thanks to our friend Agent 001 of Autospies.com for letting us use his comprehensive collection of photos from the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show. Check out the full gallery of FT-86 II Concept pics here!
Photo Courtesy: AutoSpies.com
Videos Courtesy: Toyota Motor Europe & Toyota Global
Everyone is anxiously awaiting the next “FUN” car to come from Toyota. Just last month Toyota unveiled the Toyota FT-86 II Concept at the Geneva Motor Show. We’ve always wondered if we would get the FT-86 as a Toyota or something else. With this newest video teaser, it looks like Scion may get the highly anticipated AE86 descendant. Coincidentally this new Scion concept car will be revealed on Wednesday 4/20 LOL. Check out the teaser below:
For those of you that are not able to be at the press event in New York, you can watch the Scion concept unveiling LIVE. Mark your calendars and make sure you have good internet connection. April 20th at 1:40pm EDT on sciondimension.com
Source: Scion USA
Amidst the recalls and drama that plagued Toyota and their #1 selling hybrid icon, they have announced the sale of their 1 Millionth Prius in the United States. This is a huge milestone in the Prius’ 10+ year existence in the US! The Prius has literally become the next “Corolla” as their best selling “hybrid” vehicle in the world. With the future expansion of the Prius line up, Toyota has set the standard for hybrid vehicles. Now the million dollar question is, who bought this lucky Prius and which dealership sold it? Hats off to Toyota for the outstanding accomplishment.
April 06, 2011
Toyota Sells One-Millionth Prius in the U.S.
TORRANCE, Calif., April 5, 2011 – Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today announced the one-millionth sale of the Toyota Prius, the world’s first mass-produced hybrid gas-electric vehicle, in the United States. It is the third milestone for Toyota’s hybrid lineup in the last six months that started with the announcement of worldwide Toyota Prius sales topping two million in October 2010 and overall global Toyota hybrid sales passing three million last month.“Since the Prius went on sale eleven years ago not a year has gone by when it hasn’t been the number one selling hybrid vehicle in the U.S,” said Bob Carter, Toyota Division group vice president and general manager. “Prius has become synonymous with the word hybrid and as we see fuel prices starting to rise again, it has accounted for more than 60 percent of hybrid passenger car sales so far this year. Prius paved the way for hybrids and while it is still the hybrid leader in sales and fuel economy, I’m proud to say that since its introduction, 13 other auto brands have seen the benefits of hybrid technology and joined the hybrid market.”The third-generation Prius topped the EPA’s list of the Most Fuel Efficient Vehicles for 2011. It has been named the Best Overall Value of the Year for the last nine years in a row by IntelliChoice, and has the highest owner loyalty of any mid-size vehicle for four of the last five years according to R.L. Polk. More than 97 percent of all Toyota Prii sold since 2000 are still on the road.Since it was introduced in the U.S. in 2000, Prius, when compared to the average car, has saved American consumers more than an estimated 881 million gallons of gas, $2.19 billion in fuel costs, and 12.4 million tons of CO2 emissions.In January 2011 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Toyota debuted the Prius v, the first vehicle to be debuted as part of the Prius family marketing strategy. Prius v, which goes on sale in third quarter of 2011, is a mid-size vehicle that provides more than 50 percent additional interior cargo space than the current Prius. In early 2012 Prius will launch two more Prius family members – the Prius c compact hybrid vehicle and the Prius Plug-in Hybrid vehicle.
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