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September 30, 2010
Base price : $18,995 Powertrain: 2.5-liter 16-valve DOHC four-cylinder engine; six-speed manual transmission Horsepower: 180 at 6,000 rpm Torque: 173 pound-feet at 4,100 rpm Curb weight: 3,060 pounds Wheelbase: 106.3 inches Overall length: 174 inches EPA fuel economy: 23/31 mpg city/highway Final thoughts: Scion's scion gets aggressive.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2014 | By Elaine Woo
Rachel "Bunny" Mellon, a philanthropist, art patron and self-taught horticulturalist whose generous support of presidential candidate John Edwards drew her into the political scandal that ended his career, died Monday at her estate in Upperville, Va. She was 103. She died of natural causes, said her longtime friend and attorney, Alexander D. Forger. Mellon, a Listerine heiress who married banking scion Paul Mellon, lived quietly on a 2,000-acre Virginia farm, where her fabled guests included John and Jacqueline Kennedy and two generations of British royalty.
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BUSINESS
June 26, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
Consumer Reports is panning the tiny Toyota-built Scion iQ subcompact car in its latest round of auto reviews. The magazine said it found the Scion to be “slow, uncomfortable and noisy, among other drawbacks. With a road test score of 29, it joins the ranks of the lowest-scoring cars Consumer Reports has tested in recent years.”  “While the iQ's fuel economy is good within its class, it requires drivers to endure a lot of trade-offs just to save at the pump. Its $16,205 sticker price is no bargain either,” said David Champion, who heads the  Consumer Reports Automotive Test Center.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2014 | By Robert Abele
The risible slab of screwball-inspired nonsense called "Barefoot" has the distinction of featuring what has to be the only female character no actress of any pedigree could ever make believable. We're introduced to blond, beautiful Daisy (Evan Rachel Wood, valiant in thankless defeat) as a blank-faced psych ward newbie whose mother kept her in forced isolation her whole life. But when freed by a bad boy scion (Scott Speedman) who needs a wholesome fake girlfriend for his brother's wedding to help loosen the purse strings of his disapproving dad (Treat Williams)
BUSINESS
October 19, 2012 | By David Undercoffler
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 2011 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
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.
BUSINESS
October 26, 2011 | By David Undercoffler, Los Angeles Times
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.
BUSINESS
September 30, 2010 | By David Undercoffler, Los Angeles Times
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.
BUSINESS
July 26, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
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.
OPINION
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts and Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
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.
AUTOS
March 28, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
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.
AUTOS
March 15, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
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.
BUSINESS
November 7, 2012 | By David Undercoffler
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.
BUSINESS
November 2, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan
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.
BUSINESS
October 19, 2012 | By David Undercoffler
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2014 | By Robert Abele
The risible slab of screwball-inspired nonsense called "Barefoot" has the distinction of featuring what has to be the only female character no actress of any pedigree could ever make believable. We're introduced to blond, beautiful Daisy (Evan Rachel Wood, valiant in thankless defeat) as a blank-faced psych ward newbie whose mother kept her in forced isolation her whole life. But when freed by a bad boy scion (Scott Speedman) who needs a wholesome fake girlfriend for his brother's wedding to help loosen the purse strings of his disapproving dad (Treat Williams)
BUSINESS
January 29, 2010 | By Jerry Hirsch, Ralph Vartabedian and Ken Bensinger
The pressures on auto giant Toyota Motor Corp. continued to mount on several fronts Thursday, including in Congress, where a panel scheduled hearings into the automaker's handling of complaints that its vehicles could suddenly accelerate out of control. The House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, chaired by Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), on Thursday issued exhaustive data requests to both Toyota and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Citing "persistent consumer complaints of sudden unintended acceleration," the committee made the request in a letter to Yoshimi Inaba, president of Toyota Motor North America Inc., and NHTSA Administrator David Strickland.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 2012 | Dennis McLellan
One day in 1962, the Hollywood legend Darryl F. Zanuck turned to his 27-year-old son, Richard, seeking advice. Whom, the elder Zanuck asked, should he appoint head of production of 20th Century Fox, which had fallen on hard times and was losing millions on the problem-plagued "Cleopatra" starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Richard Zanuck gave his father -- a co-founder of Fox - a piece of paper with a single word on it: Me. Dad took his son's recommendation and, over the next five decades, Richard Zanuck emerged from the shadow of his father at the studio and eventually became an Oscar-winning independent producer of such films as "Jaws," which ushered in the modern blockbuster era. He followed with well-regarded films such as "The Verdict," and "Driving Miss Daisy.
BUSINESS
June 27, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Consumer Reports is panning the tiny Toyota-built Scion iQ subcompact car in its latest round of auto reviews. The magazine said it found the Scion to be "slow, uncomfortable and noisy, among other drawbacks. With a road test score of 29, it joins the ranks of the lowest-scoring cars Consumer Reports has tested in recent years. " "While the iQ's fuel economy is good within its class, it requires drivers to endure a lot of trade-offs just to save at the pump. Its $16,205 sticker price is no bargain either," said David Champion, who heads the Consumer Reports Automotive Test Center.
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