Editorial Note: This is a guest commentary written by Christopher “Crispy” Wilson
With the sudden but not so shocking announcement that Toyota was dropping the sub brand Scion, I wanted to share my story in regards to how Scion changed and maybe even saved my life.
I don’t have many statistics on why Toyota decided to give Scion the axe but I do have one statistic that matters to me the most: 85 percent.
Eighty-five percent of inmates incarcerated in Arizona prisons are likely to return to prison in the first year of their release. It just so happened that I was incarcerated when Toyota brought Scion to the United States, and its important to note that I was never really into cars growing up. Sure, I liked them and was a fan of the low rider scene while my friends in high school all had mustangs, so I naturally became a fan of
Ford has produced the Focus RS for some time, but only for the European market — until now. At the recent Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction, the first North American 2016 Ford Focus RS crossed the block and brought $550,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Ken Block was there to talk briefly about the car and to help boost the bidding to benefit charity.
Prior to the sale we met up with Block at the ride-and-drive track at WestWorld, to see the car and experience its capabilities with Block behind the wheel.
The 2016 Focus RS features a 2.3-liter turbocharged EcoBoost engine with 350 horsepower and has advanced performance features and drive modes, including an industry-first “drift” mode. The RS comes standard with a 6-speed manual, a torque-vectoring system and all-wheel drive. The rear wing has been designed for added downforce and the suspension stiffened with two-mode switchable shocks.
Last week Toyota dropped an unexpected bombshell on the auto industry. “It’s time to end,” a quote so famously uttered by Top Gear’s former Jeremy Clarkson, now represented the fate of their US derived Scion division.
From their humble beginning in 2003, Scion has been with us under the intent of pumping “youth” into the Toyota lineage. Models like the original cult xB and tC, were cars that gave Scion a unique brand image and despite pulling sales from anything but the intended age demographic did well for the brand.
To be clear, calling Scion dead is really only half correct. While dead in name, Toyota will carry over the FR-S, iA, and iM under Toyota badging. The tC, however, will suffer the real casualty here not making it past the 2016 model year. With official production ending in 2017, Scion owners will see zero change in service procedures, taking their cars to the
Ever have one of those rough days? The kind of day where you wake up in the morning feeling good, kicking ass, ready to dominate the world when all of a sudden you remember that you’re the middle sister stuck in the middle of a shit show war between the older and younger sisters for Prom? You also remember that you forgot to do some sit-ups this week and those loaded potatoes are beginning to show before you notice your youngest and fattest sister in the corner snorting pizza rolls like a high school football player looking to bulk up. The Nissan Skyline R33 remembers this. The Nissan Skyline R33 also remembers that her baby step sister might have a severe weight problem.
The R33 Skyline is very much the girl next door. She might not have the athletic frame and the wild sex stories her older sister does. She doesn’t have the bust
Vin Diesel, who portrays Dominic Toretto in the Fast & Furious film franchise confirmed the release dates of the next three movies in the franchise with an Instagram update: a black box with large bold white text was posted with the tagline “2 Decades, 10 Films, 1 Saga” with the release dates of the next three films displayed underneath.
Fast & Furious 8 will keep its original confirmed date of April 14, 2017 while the ninth film will be released on April 19, 2019 followed by the tenth film on April 2, 2021.
The next film in the series has the official title of Fast 8: New Roads Ahead and is expected to begin production soon. Fast 8 is set to be directed by Straight Outta Compton filmmaker, F. Gary Gray. No official plot synopsis has yet to be announced for any of the next three films, however filming reportedly will occur in New York City,
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