Corporate sales calls are typically devoid of future product plans, but during a call made yesterday, Toyota revealed it would launch an all-new Scion in April at the New York Auto Show, and debut an updated Toyota product at February’s Chicago Auto Show. No further details were given, but we wouldn’t be surprised if we’ll be seeing the Scion iQ and an updated Toyota Tacoma in the near future…
Shortly after the Toyota IQ was announced in September 2008 for the Japanese and European markets, inside sources told us the car would come to the U.S. as a Scion just a few months later. As it turns out, the Scion iQ was delayed until the 2009 New York Auto Show, where the concept debuted with a number of glitzy upgrades to wow show-goers. It’s not unusual for a production car to debut almost exactly a year after its conceptual version, so the iQ remains a relatively safe bet. If true, it will be Scion’s first all-new model since the xD debuted in 2008.
The Tacoma guess stems largely from the venue mentioned: the Chicago auto show. Automakers have long emphasized trucks at the Chicago show, and given the fact that the popular Tacoma is running long in the tooth, McCormack Place could prove to be a great place to launch a “heavily updated” version. Other possibilities include the recently-updated-for-Europe Land Cruiser and the aging RAV4.
In the mean time, stay tuned to our live coverage of the 2010 Detroit auto show next Monday and Tuesday to see Toyota’s new dedicated hybrid and all the other debuts, then come back for more on the Chicago and New York auto shows as they draw closer.