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 |  Nov 04 2009, 3:21 PM

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It wouldn’t have been our choice, but a panel of judges awarded the team at Mummbles Marketing as the Scion Tuner Car Challenge winner for their Teal Blue Pearl xB. Looking more like something we might have seen at SEMA in 2003, the Mummbles xB features a 9-piece widebody kit from BRS Autodesign with  shaved door handles. Seibon provided plenty of carbon fiber bits outside, while NRG has outfitted the interior with new seats, harnesses, a steering wheel, shift knob and parking brake lever. Under the hood, there’s a powerful Descendant turbocharger system.

Along with the glory and a stylish carbon fiber trophy, the Mummbles team gets a check for $10,000.

The runner up prize goes to the Bowls entry, which is easily the most creative xB f the group.  It takes design cues from the Japanese El Camino – a 1970 Toyota Crown pickup. Along with a custom trunk conversion, roll cage and special ADF 20-inch wheels, under the hood there are Crower cams, a TRD clutch and limited slip differential, as well as TRD brakes, a front strut tower bar and rear stabilizer bar. Also included is an Air Lift Company digital air ride kit.

Placing third out of third is the xB of Eneri Abillar. Much like the winner, it features a BRS widebody kit, along with plenty of custom modifications. Added goodies include a Greddy turbocharger, TRD strut tower bars and illuminated door sills, while the interior features a hard wood floor.

GALLERY: Scion Tuner Challenge Cars

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 |  Oct 29 2009, 1:31 PM

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Later today Scion is planning to display a selection of its 2009 SEMA Show cars before they hit the convention center floor in Las Vegas next week. But if you can’t wait until later today, let alone next week, we have a sneak peak at just what modifications each car will receive. We already reported on which shops are planning to do what (see the Tuner Challenge cars here and the additional three cars here), but now our Scion source has leaked us the full specs on each car.

Let’s start with the Tuner Challenge cars, which are once again all xB models for 2009. First up is the Bowls entry that will take its design cues from the Japanese El Camino – a 1970 Toyota Crown pickup. Along with a custom trunk conversion, roll cage and special ADF 20-inch wheels, under the hood there are Crower cams, a TRD clutch and limited slip differential, as well as TRD brakes, a front strut tower bar and rear stabilizer bar. Also included is an Air Lift Company digital air ride kit.

As for the Mummbles Marketing car, this xB is getting a 9-piece widebody kit from BRS Autodesign with  shaved door handles and a custom Teal Blue Pearl paint job. Seibon will provide plenty of carbon fiber bits outside, while NRG has outfitted the interior with new seats, harnesses, a steering wheel, shift knob and parking brake lever. Also look for a powerful Descendant turbocharger system.

The final Tuner Challenge car is from designer Eneri Abillar. It also gets a BRS widebody kit but will get added motivation from a Greddy turbocharger. Added goodies include TRD strut tower bars and illuminated door sills, while the interior will feature a hard wood floor.

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The additional three vehicles are from Five Axis, Epic Cartel and Kogi – a Korean/Mexican fusion food truck in LA (we’re not making this up). Five Axis will do a modernized version of the DJxB, using the second generation xB. It will come with 3-inch fender flares, a four-piece lip kit, a custom dual exhaust setup and 18-inch Five Axis wheels.  The exterior of the car will be coated in Molten Lava Red paint. Inside, there will be plenty of audio from Pioneer, plus a DJM mixer. But we’ll have to wait for the car’s reveal to see how it all plays out.

Epic Cartel is also looking to play off its past successes. Having already built an xD and xB, this year the company will take on the tC, which will get similar design cues. The car will get a 3-inch chopped top, along with an air bag suspension setup and 22-inch Vellano wheels. Added power will be delivered by a TRD supercharger and a Cartel side exit exhaust setup.

As for the Kogi car, it will be an xD with an MV Designz aero kit. Built with inspiration from the Kogi truck, it will have a BBQ grille, fridge, sink, ice chest, cooking utensils and even condiments. The rear doors, tailgate and hatch glass will all be motorized. Also look for items like Tein colivers, 19-inch DPE wheels and a Rotora big brake kit.

Scion is also expected to display an xD model from the folks at 0-60 Magazine with a rally car theme, but no info on that car is available yet.

Check out the gallery of design sketches below and we’ll bring you photos once Scion sends them (or sooner if they “leak” out).

See our live SEMA coverage here:

2009 SEMA Show Coverage

GALLERY: Scion’s 2009 SEMA Show Cars

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 |  Oct 02 2009, 12:02 PM

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Along with three xB Tuner Challenge Cars, Scion will be bringing a trio of additional custom creations to the 2009 SEMA Show. The three cars include a tC, xB and xD, created by Cartel Customs, Five Axis Design and 0-60 Magazine.

First up is the Cartel Customs tC,which promises to follow in the tread patterns of the open-top 2007 Ruthless Cartel xD and 2008 Drag Cartel Rockstar xB. Cartel Customs (aka Drag Cartel) owner Jeremy Lookofsky says the tC will complete his company’s Cartel Open Air Collection.

Next up is Troy Sumitomo and his Five Axis crew, which aim to recreate the xB DJ with this second generation of the Scion box. The last xB DJ used a first generation with speakers and a DJ booth that emerged from the back of the car. We’ll have to wait for SEMA to see what Five Axis has in store for 2009.

Completing the trio is an xD by 0-60 Magazine, which built a Lexus IS-F for SEMA in 2008. Working with Sparco, this xD will get a rally car makeover that is sure to impress.

We’ll be sure to bring you photos of all three cars with our live coverage of the 2009 SEMA Show staring November 3rd.

See AutoGuide’s live SEMA Coverage here!

GALLERY: SEMA Show 2009 Scion Cars

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[Source: HelloScion]

 |  Oct 02 2009, 11:32 AM

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At this year’s SEMA Show Scion will once again be showcasing the creative energies of three companies in its Tuner Car Challenge. Like last year, the Scion xB is the canvas of choice, for the tuners, artists and marketing experts to express themselves.

This year, the list of those involved includes Bowls LA (an upscale lifestyle boutique), Peter Colello and Mummbles Marketing, and Eneri Abillar with Leigh Guarnieri from BRS Autodesign.

Each team was given the keys to a new Scion xB, with the winner being awarded $10,000 at the SEMA Show.

First up is the Bowls entry, which takes cues from the Japanese El Camino - a 1970 Toyota Crown pickup. It is intended to give a feeling of 1970s California and will come with a matching bike in the back.

The Mummbles Marketing car is a more conventional tuner car with a widebody kit, carbon fiber components, a turbo kit and.. of course… a big stereo kit. Collelo has already produced several show cars including a 2002 Toyota Celica GT, a 2001 Ford Focus ZTS and helped with a Scion xA for the 2006 Tuner Challenge.

The third entry is the bright orange xB from Eneri Abillar. He didn’t give any hints on what the finished product will be like (other than the rendering) but we might be able to take some cues from his career as a designer who merges street culture and high style.

All three cars will be on display at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, NV from Tuesday November 3rd to Friday November 6th.

GALLERY: 2009 Scion xB Tuner Challenge

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[Source: HelloScion]