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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 03-18-2016, 01:25 PM Thread Starter
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Scion iA and iM To Be Renamed As Yaris And Corolla



We all know that Scion is getting axed and their cars are going to be transitioned under the Toyota badge but what we didnít know is that both the iM and iA will be renamed as Yaris iA and Corolla iM when they go on sale as 2017 year models.

This shouldnít come as a surprise to us since the facelifted Scion FR-S was rebadged and renamed as the Toyota GT 86 in North America. Bill Fay, Toyota division Group Vice President, made this statement: "when we announced the transition of the Scion models to Toyota we hadnít planned on changing the names of our cars, but by popular demand, for our sports car, we decided to adopt the global name of 86".

Going forward, Toyota will report the 2017 model year Yaris iA sales volume with the normal Yaris as a single unit. The same applies for the Toyota Corolla and the Corolla iM. Toyota can now advertise the Yaris and Corolla as having two body styles buyers can choose from. This makes sense for the iM since itís already a Corolla hatchback under the skin but the iA was based off of the Mazda 2 and not the Toyota Yaris.

Other than getting new badges, nothing else in the iA and iM will change. The iA will still come with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder paired with a six-speed manual or an optional six-speed automatic. The iM will have the same 1.8-liter four-cylinder under its hood and mated to either a six-speed manual or a CVT automatic.
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I am very confused with the decision to name it the Toyota Yaris iA. The vehicle is a rebadged Mazda2. It has absolutely nothing to do with the Toyota Yaris. Why confuse people?



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I think they could've just went with the Toyota iA or the Toyota Yaris, but the name that made more sense to me was the Toyota iA. Why combine the two names? I mean, the new name is not a deal-killer for buying this bargain of a subcompact from Toyota, and the car is what should be focused on, not the name, but I'm just wondering why the name combination? Seems kinda goofy ta me.
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I think they could've just went with the Toyota iA or the Toyota Yaris, but the name that made more sense to me was the Toyota iA. Why combine the two names? I mean, the new name is not a deal-killer for buying this bargain of a subcompact from Toyota, and the car is what should be focused on, not the name, but I'm just wondering why the name combination? Seems kinda goofy ta me.
Well they wanted to keep it as part of the Yaris line up, so going with that it makes sense, although I would have liked to see it be called the Yaris Sedan, since there's been a Yaris, but its a hatch.
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Well they wanted to keep it as part of the Yaris line up, so going with that it makes sense, although I would have liked to see it be called the Yaris Sedan, since there's been a Yaris, but its a hatch.
But the two vehicles have absolutely nothing to do with each other. One is a Mazda, and the other is a Toyota. I don't get why you would relate them, when they are two completely different vehicles.



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Having two cars with the same name but different underlying platforms is bizarre and dumb. If I drive the sedan version of a car, I expect the hatchback to be the same **** car but with five doors instead of four.
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It make sense when you think about it in terms of marketing and positioning the model, there's big marketing power in calling the iA a Yaris and then calling the iM a Corolla. I'm sure Toyota is seeing that here.



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They should just call it a Mazda 2, ditch the ugly front end, and offer the hatchback as well. I'd definitely trade mine in for the hatchback version if I could.
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I'm happy the iA will live on from a parts and aftermarket standpoint. Glad I'm getting in before they strip it down (check out http://www.toyota.ca/toyota/en/vehic...sedan/overview ) or change the name, though. "Yaris". Ugh.
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They should just call it a Mazda 2, ditch the ugly front end, and offer the hatchback as well. I'd definitely trade mine in for the hatchback version if I could.
MM, I was on the fence on the Face, but have grown to accept, and actually like it! Not all do, that's understood, but far from a deal breaker. I would rather have this front fascia than the Mazda 2. Although the front Fascia of the Mazda is attractive, it is quite conventional. For Scion I understand the move to be different... Oh yeah, when will you see one again? In a couple months never, I like having a limited edition without paying the price...

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