Word on the street is that tomorrow morning, the Scion division of Toyota will cease to exist. At a top-secret meeting this afternoon, employees were told that the division, which started with the xA and xB in 2002 as 2003 models, wouldn’t see it’s 14th anniversary. Those who were laid off were told they would need to reapply for other jobs at Toyota, which also means moving to Texas. A formal announcement will be made tomorrow morning at 9 am.
Scion sales reached a peak in 2006, with over 175,000 units sold. Last year, Scion finished in 29th place out of 35 brands sold in the U.S., with total sales of 56,167 units. The plan is for some employees to stick around until August to help sell the last of the vehicles at the dealership; then official death knell will toll.
Since most of Scion’s products are based on other vehicles, it doesn’t appear that too much will change at production facilities. Here’s the lineup of vehicles:
We wonder if Mitsubishi, Smart, and MINI are having a good laugh, or are rethinking their U.S. strategies right now.
Photography courtesy of TMC/Scion
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