October 19, 2012 |
Scion's tiniest car is going green. Toyota's youth-oriented brand has announced it will make about 90 all-electric versions of its thumbnail-sized iQ minicar for use in car-share programs (like ZipCar) in cities and campuses around the U.S. While the pint-sized gas version we tested in October 2011 was never a particularly thirsty car (it's rated at 37 mpg in both city and highway driving), dropping an electric drivetrain into a car like this makes plenty of sense. Electric cars have an excellent range when driven in cities because the frequent starting and stopping gives the regenerative brakes ample opportunity to recharge the batteries.
October 26, 2011 |
When thinking about the all-new iQ microcar's origins, imagine engineers at Scion and parent company Toyota Motor Corp. grabbing a shrink ray and going to work downsizing a normal-size hatchback. They shrank the engine; they shrank the cargo space; they shrank the overall footprint. Then the ray went missing, and they were never able to shrink the price. The result is a tiny get-about that surprises you with its charm and livability but also with a sticker price of more than $20,000 for the loaded version I tested.
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February 7, 2011 |
J. Paul Getty III, a scion of the Getty oil dynasty whose tragedies - mutilation by kidnappers in the early 1970s and an incapacitating, drug-induced stroke in the 1980s - brought into high relief the dysfunctional relations that beset his famously wealthy family, has died in Buckinghamshire, England. He was 54. Getty, who had homes in the Los Angeles area for some years after his ordeals, died Saturday after a long illness, according to a statement from his actor-son, Balthazar. Left nearly blind and a quadriplegic after the stroke, Getty was known to the public largely for his misfortunes.
September 30, 2010 |
Like the Boy Scouts, the waiting line for a midnight release of Halo or tractor trailer-pulling contests, Scion's new 2011 tC is pretty much for the guys. Or so the company would have you think. At the San Diego media launch for the second generation of this coupe, Scion described the styling elements the company aimed for when designing the new tC. Terms like "masculine," "aggressive" and "bold" were used so often, you'd think they were describing Mr. Olympia driving in a monster-truck rally.
April 10, 2008
Re "The Scots show their true colors," Opinion, April 5 As a proud scion of Scottish immigrants, I take exception to Sean Connery's viewpoint. Scotland has been the crown jewel of the United Kingdom for hundreds of years. The current prime minister of Great Britain is a Scot, and he is by no means the first. The United Kingdom has been one of the greatest nations in world history, and Scotland has done more than its share to make it so. Scotland does not need "independence" from itself.
July 26, 2008 |
Toyota is raising the U.S. price of its Prius hybrid by $500 for the 2009 model. Toyota Motor Corp.'s U.S. sales unit said the suggested retail price for a Prius will rise 2.2%. Base prices will range from $22,000 for the standard Prius to $24,270 for a touring model. The Japanese carmaker also announced new prices for a dozen other Toyota and Scion models, with an average increase of $181. Lexus, Toyota's luxury brand, announced higher prices for four vehicles as well.