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.
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July 14, 2012 |
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.
June 27, 2012 |
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.