The Concept Cars of the 2015 Chicago Auto Show


Car shoppers at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show will be able to get an up-close look at the year's newest vehicles, but it's not all business. This year's crop of concept cars is sure to catch a few eyes, from Buick's stunning and stylish Avenir sedan to Kia's hybrid off-road-ready Trail'ster.

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This year's show starts Feb. 14 and continues until Feb. 22 at the McCormick Place convention center. Click here for tickets and times and here for a show floor map. Check out some of our favorite concept cars ... and a couple new production models that sure look like concepts.

By Jennifer Geiger | February 13, 2015 | Comments (0)

Scion's First Sedan Headed to 2015 New York Auto Show


Scion has its roots in small hatchbacks and coupes like the funky xB and tC, and it most recently made a splash with its rear-wheel-drive FR-S coupe. Those cars haven't been enough for the ailing youth-oriented division of Toyota; Scion sales were down 15.1 percent in 2014 compared to 2013. The brand plans to add fresh blood to its lineup over the next three years with three new models for its core audience of 18 to 34 year olds. One of those new models will be Scion's first sedan.

Related: Scion to Sell iM Concept in U.S. Next Year

The unnamed Scion sedan will be unveiled this April at the 2015 New York International Auto Show alongside the production version of the Scion iM hatchback concept shown at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show in November. Scion says more information on the two New York auto show debuts will be available in the coming months. photo by Evan Sears

By Joe Bruzek | January 7, 2015 | Comments (1)

Scion iM Concept: Up Close


We now know the Scion iM concept will indeed become a real product in the U.S., so I took a closer look. Based on the Toyota Auris hatchback sold overseas, this concept is much more real inside than outside.

Related: More 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show Coverage

The interior looks like that of a real car; only a suspiciously large screen in the dashboard looks out of place in a car at this one's likely price level. It's well laid out and the materials quality is decent as shown here — comparable to a Corolla but perhaps not to the best in the compact class.

By Joe Wiesenfelder | November 20, 2014 | Comments (2)

Scion iM Concept Photo Gallery (30 Photos)


To those familiar with Toyota's overseas offerings, Scion's newest concept should look suspiciously familiar. The iM may wear the Scion badge, but it goes by the Toyota Auris name in Europe and the Corolla hatchback in other markets.

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The compact hatchback, which is based on the Corolla, made its debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show as a concept, but the automaker said the production version will bow at the 2015 New York International Auto Show in the spring. 

Check out the gallery below; photos by Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

Scion to Sell iM Concept in U.S. Next Year


Today at the L.A. Auto Show, Toyota announced plans to sell the Scion iM concept in 2015. That shouldn’t be a surprise, because it is a Scion version of Toyota’s Auris hatchback that is already sold globally.

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Also called the Corolla Hatchback in some markets, the iM is based on Toyota's popular compact sedan. That also makes the iM the most traditional car we’ve seen wear the Scion badge since the brand was introduced more than a decade ago with the xA and the boxy-but-good xB.

By David Thomas | November 19, 2014 | Comments (3)

Scion Reveals More iM Concept Details


Scion released more photos of the concept car it plans to show off next week at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. and it looks very, well, un-concept-y. In fact, it appears ready to slide itself into Scion's production lineup. The concept is aimed at the millennial market and is appropriately called the iM.

Related: More 2014 L.A. Auto Show Coverage

The compact hatchback's sporty looks come straight from the European touring car racing circuit, Scion says. Highlights include a large geometric grille, deep air intakes with edgy fog lights, "Incrediblue" exterior paint and 19-inch forged alloy wheels with performance tires; matte silver and gunmetal trim accent the exterior. Scion says it also has an adjustable height suspension.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 12, 2014 | Comments (5)

Scion Amps Things Up at SEMA Show With Slayer tC


Scion's customized Slayer-inspired 2014 tC could be dangerous. Not because it's a tricked-out tribute to the outlaw elder statesmen of speed metal, but because it's gonna be difficult to steer and work the manual transmission while throwing up your devil horns. The Scion x Slayer Mobile Amp tC is making its beastly bow this week at the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association Show in Las Vegas, and this car is nothing if not special.

Related: Hey Metal Heads: Slayer-Inspired Scion to Stalk SEMA

The black-as-night Slayer Scion isn't just another token theme car with a unique paint job and some extra badging. It's retrofitted front to back, inside and out with metal motifs and working musical gear. Sinister visual cues include an expansive Slayer logo on the hood, red headlights that look like bloodshot eyes after a rough night backstage and a misty skull mural spanning the side of the car. In the cockpit, metal heads will geek out on Marshall Amplification-branded seats, a sword-hilt parking-brake lever and a gear-shift handle that Hamlet might use to lament poor Yorick's fate (while laying a little rubber on the asphalt).

Moreover, in addition to rear-hinged doors, the rear hatch opens up to reveal a trunk load of fully operational sound equipment — speakers, amps, visual display and all — enabling aspiring rock gods to throw down an eardrum-splitting live set anywhere they can find a parking space.

Now, about getting the Slayer Scion to's Chicago headquarters for testing …

Check out the gallery below; photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | November 6, 2014 | Comments (2)

2014 L.A. Auto Show: What to Expect


If you like luxury vehicles, SUVs or sports cars — and even luxury SUVs that perform like sports cars — you're gonna love the lineup of debuts at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show later this month. Organizers say there will be 60 premieres, 30 of them global and nearly two-thirds will be luxury and performance offerings.

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Set to bow at the 107-year-old event — the last major auto show of the calendar year and the first of the new auto-show season — are a host of SUVs, from compact crossovers to midsize models. Performance coupes, convertibles and sedans also abound from automakers ranging from Scion to Cadillac.

And perhaps fitting for the Southern California city famed for its air of affluence, nearly half of the anticipated entrees on our list of what to watch for are from luxury automakers. Among those are SUVs and sports cars from the likes of Audi and BMW. Moreover, during the Connected Car Expo on Nov. 18, Volvo's "Drive Me" autonomous vehicle will make its North American debut, at which time executives will discuss the automaker's driverless technology.

Here's what we'll be looking for as covers the L.A. auto show from the event floor:

By Matt Schmitz | November 5, 2014 | Comments (0)

Toyota Leads, Fiat-Chrysler Disappoints in Consumer Reports' Latest Reliability Study


Toyota and its Lexus subsidiary earned the top two spots in Consumer Reports' 2014 Auto Survey (subscription required), which rates reliability from consumer surveys of some 1.1 million vehicles over the past 12 months. Of the 28 brands ranked in terms of predicted reliability, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Fiat, Jeep, Ram and Dodge brands landed in the bottom four slots. At the top and bottom of the survey, those results played out similarly to Consumer Reports' study a year ago.

Related: Porsche Flies, Fiat Flails in 2014 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study

Buggy multimedia systems, including navigation systems, Bluetooth and smartphone compatibility, garnered the most complaints. It's a recurring trend, Consumer Reports notes, and respondents to J.D. Power and Associates' Initial Quality Study have expressed similar frustrations.

But rankings between the two have otherwise limited correlation. Consumer Reports says its reliability study surveys subscribers for malfunctions on existing cars, whether recently purchased or older. J.D. Power says its IQS surveys those who recently bought a new car for objective malfunctions and subjective dislikes in the first 90 days of ownership. J.D. Power ranked 32 brands in its IQS this year; Consumer Reports ranked 28. Five brands made the top 10 in both studies: Honda, Kia, Lexus, Porsche and Toyota. Just three brands made the bottom 10 in both: Fiat, Infiniti and Jeep. To some degree, that cements the reliability — or lack thereof — for those eight.

By Kelsey Mays | October 27, 2014 | Comments (8)

Scion Teases Los Angeles Auto Show Concept


It's a Scion. It's sporty. And it's coming to the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show next month.

At the moment that's all we can tell you for sure about the latest concept car from Toyota's youth-market division. Scion this morning released two remarkably unrevealing teaser photos of the iM concept's front end, opening the floor for conjecture, speculation and presumption in the weeks leading to its Nov. 19 unveiling during the auto show’s press-only days.

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The L.A. Auto Show is open to the public Nov. 21-30, preceded by media and industry events Nov. 18-20. will provide full coverage leading up to the show and from the floor. Click here for more 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show coverage.

By Matt Schmitz | October 22, 2014 | Comments (2)

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