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March 25, 2003

USA: Toyota announces Scion prices

Scion, the new Toyota car brand aimed at young US buyers, has announced manufacturer's suggested retail prices of $US12,480 for the xA and $13,680 for the xB, both with manual transmissions, while automatic adds an extra $800.

By bcusack

Scion, the new Toyota car brand aimed at young US buyers, has announced manufacturer’s suggested retail prices of $US12,480 for the XA and $13,680 for the xB, both with manual transmissions, while automatic adds $800.

Buyers will be able to choose from approximately 40 accessories for each vehicle, which range in price from $49 for a shift knob to $665 for alloy wheels.

Accessories will be covered under the standard limited warranty of three years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first and additional 60-month warranties cover the powertrain for 60,000 miles and corrosion with no mileage limitation. Also included in the MSRP are three complimentary oil changes. Both vehicles will go on sale in approximately 104 California dealership showrooms beginning in June.

Both XA and xB have a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder engine with variable valve timing producing 108 horsepower at 6,000rpm and 105 lb-ft. of torque at 4,200rpm.

EPA city/highway mileage estimates are 31/37 for both manual and automatic transmissions for XA while the xB is rated at 30/33 (manual) and 30/34 (automatic). Both vehicles will be EPA-certified as low emission vehicles (LEV).

Standard equipment on both models includes air conditioning, Pioneer AM/FM/CD stereo (MP3 and satellite-tuner capable) with six speakers and sound processor, anti-lock brakes, first-aid kit and power door locks, outside mirrors and windows, while the xB also has remote keyless entry, rear privacy glass, stability control and traction control plus brake assist.

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