Why was the Scion xA replaced with the Scion xD?

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Old 28 Feb 2010, 12:11 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default Why was the Scion xA replaced with the Scion xD?

Everything I read about the xA says it has great user satisfaction, great mileage, etc. So why the change? What's the significant difference that warrants a new model name, rather than calling it the "second-generation xA" like they did with the xB?















Tacgnol: I totally agree the xB looks like a kitchen appliance, but I think the xA is much sexier. Anyway, not the point.































EvenGrift: But any idea *why* they consider it a new model, and why they consider it so much better that they'd discontinue the xA?
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Old 28 Feb 2010, 12:15 pm   #2 (permalink)
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It still looks like you're driving a refrigerator on it's side.
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Old 28 Feb 2010, 12:25 pm   #3 (permalink)
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Toyota feels that the xD is a new car, replacing the xA, and not a newer version of the same car. Not just being a newer version, earns it a new name.































My understanding is that it is a somewhat different platform (tho' Toyota is a little bit nebulous here as all of their north american "b" cars seem to share the same platform). In short the xD is more xB like under the skin, having had the upgrades for the 2.4L engine, and additional power.
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Old 28 Feb 2010, 12:45 pm   #4 (permalink)
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Because the xA didn't sell well, so by changing the name it will give prospective buyers the idea that it's all new, not just an update on the old.































The xB has been a hit since the start (Toyota originally thought they'd sell more xA's, but that hasn't been the case, obviously), so they didn't want to change the name of that car.
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Old 28 Feb 2010, 12:50 pm   #5 (permalink)
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Because xA's are ugly.
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