When is a minivan not a minivan? When it is a cool box-on-wheels like the Scion xB. Or, at least, it was when the maker introduced the original, squared off hatchback nearly a decade ago – spawning a whole host of imitations. But a second-generation update left buyers cold, sending sales plunging – and now, it appears, Scion is about to say “bye-bye” to the box.
The maker also is planning to kill off the only slightly less boxy xD model which joined the Scion line-up late in 2007 to deafening disinterest, or so goes a new report in trade publication Ward’s.
The two models will almost certainly won’t be replaced. But that’s no surprise. Scion officials have long stressed that products will come and go from the line-up as the Toyota sub-brand experiments with potential new concepts.
The Japanese maker initially billed Scion as its “youth division,” and while it hasn’t been doing all that well on the sales charts lately it has been able to attract younger, hipper buyers than traditional Toyota offerings like the Corolla and Camry.