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April 2, 2013 |
For more than a decade, Sandra Boss thought she was married to a Rockefeller. Clark Rockefeller had appeared charming, well-spoken and quirky when he wooed the Harvard Business School student in New York in the early 1990s. Later, as a high-powered business consultant, Boss never questioned her husband's stories about his famous family and their falling out over an inheritance dispute. Or his claims of being involved with secretive government work. Or even his reasons for keeping the couple's property, bank accounts and official records out of his name.
March 28, 2013 |
Scion kicked off the second day of the 2013 New York International Auto Show by unveiling a refreshed version of its tC coupe. The two-door compact car is Scion's biggest seller, so the 2014 model is a relatively minor upgrade from the version Toyota's youth-oriented brand started selling in 2010. "The sustained success of the tC, which accounts for 40 percent of all Scions ever sold, challenged designers to enhance the 2014 sports coupe in ways that keep it exciting to today's drivers without losing its core appeal," Scion Vice President Doug Murtha said.
March 15, 2013 |
You know the stars, now it's time to meet the cars. The full roster of celebrities trying their hand at racing during April's Long Beach Grand Prix was announced Thursday: Jenna Elfman, Jesse Metcalfe, Wanda Sykes and 11 other actors, athletes and TV personalities will take on pro drivers including Andy Bell, Adam Carolla, and Melanie Troxel. The Toyota Pro/Celebrity race puts everyone into identical Scion FR-S cars that have been specifically tweaked and tuned for the rigors of racing.
November 7, 2012 |
Toyota's Scion division announced Wednesday that it will be recalling some 11,200 of its tiny iQ microcar to inspect a crucial component of the front passenger airbag system. The bigger news here is that Scion has sold 11,200 iQs at all. Review: Scion's iQ: Everything's compact except the price The issue Toyota wants to inspect is a cable that can potentially become damaged as the passenger seat is adjusted fore and aft. The cable is part of the system that senses whether someone is sitting in the front passenger seat, thus enabling airbag deployment and seat belt pre-tensioning in the event of an accident.
November 2, 2012 |
LAS VEGAS -- About three months ago, officials at Toyota's Scion brand handed a 2013 Scion FR-S and a check for $15,000 to three custom-car builders and told them to come up with something special. It was a pretty simple idea. The designs, though, are anything but simple. Scion revealed the winner of the $10,000 Tuner Challenge this week at the Specialty Equipment Market Assn. trade show. Photos: Highlights from the 2012 SEMA Show The winner, built by Chris Basselgia of Lebanon, Pa., was named Minty FReSh because of its unique paint job. The FR-S has a customized sleek body with a molded duck bill spoiler, smoked headlights and race mirrors.
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.