Another nameplate is headed to the dustbin of automotive history. Toyota says it will shutter Scion at the end of this model year, moving most of its models to the Toyota brand for the 2017 model year.
That includes the iA, the iM, and the FR-S (one of our Top Ten Cars listed on the right side of this page). The C-HR concept, which was unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November, will also see production as a Toyota.
While most observers see this as another in the long list of brand failures, Toyota says it is actually "mission accomplished"...that Scion has brought younger people to the company's vehicles that would not otherwise have considered Toyota products over the past 13 years, and now they and the vehicles they like can be transitioned to Toyota. Read the full press release here.
Ours is a numbers-oriented society. And the bigger the number, usually, the better. It is certainly that way with car model numbers, with the number generally corresponding in some way to the size of the engine under the hood.
So why did Lexus make the IS 250 the IS 200t and how is that actually an improvement?