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Proof That The Toyota Auris Will Be America's Scion iM

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The real problem with Toyota's ostensibly youth-oriented Scion brand is that it's starving for products. Some days, I think the FR-S is the only thing really keeping it alive. For a while we've heard the European Toyota Auris hatch and wagon might get Scion badges; now we have some solid proof.

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Here's a tweet from Ward's Auto, previewing the Scion iM at next month's LA Auto Show:

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Scion followed up with this tweet:

Those headlamps look awfully Auris-y to me. I think this one's a lock.

The next question is: Why should we care? Well... I don't know. In other markets the Auris has stuff we care about, like all-wheel drive, a six-speed manual and a wagon version. But at the end of the day, it's based on the Corolla platform, so I'm not expecting huge thrills.

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Either way, it's something for Scion, and they should take what they can get right now.

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Just kill the effing Scion brand already and rebadge all these cars as Toyotas. Toyota could use the infusion of excitement and Scion is a tired gimmick that needs to die.