Scion XB Finally Gets the Axe
Scion has confirmed to WardsAuto that the xB model won’t live past the 2015 model year and will officially get the axe at the end of the year. A model that became synonymous with the Scion brand, the xB was a hit when it initially arrived on the market, peaking at 61,306 units sold in 2006. The second-generation model wasn’t as kind to the nameplate, launching in 2007 as a 2008 model with sales dropping year after year.
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Although the Scion xB experienced a boost in 2012 over 2011, only 16,583 xB compacts were sold last year. That number pales in comparison to one of its main competitors, the Kia Soul, which sold 145,316 units in 2014.
No direct replacement is in the pipeline for Scion, which has introduced the iA and iM models for this year. Scion Vice President Doug Murtha sees the five-passenger iM hatchback somewhat filling the role of the xB in the company’s lineup, but it certainly won’t have the peculiar boxy shape. In fact, it appears we won’t see many box-shaped cars in the years to come considering the Cube and Element also met the same fate as the xB.
Scion is in the midst of refreshing its model lineup and will be adding the iM compact hatchback and iA sub-compact sedan this year with another model, called the iR, set to follow.
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Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.
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