Scion still planning on a compact pickup for U.S. market

Scion Hako Coupe Concept

The president of Toyota Motor North America Inc. confirmed earlier this week that Scion’s lineup will be getting two new vehicles later this year. The first is most likely to be based on the Scion iQ concept; the other however, is rumored to be a compact pickup truck.

According to a sources, the pickup truck will be based on the Toyota A-BAT Concept, a Toyota version of which was shelved after the concept failed to gauge much interest after its debut at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show. Insiders say that executives feel there is a need for a true compact pickup truck since midsize trucks have become muscular, bloated and overpriced.

Jack Hollis, Scion’s General Manager told at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show that pickups are “not off the table.” He said that “Toyota has such a strong heritage of doing a very good job with youth and with trucks, when you look at (the Toyota) Tacoma ““ I”m not trying to be too cocky, but we pretty much have owned that segment for a long time. We have to find a niche. I think there is room for it.”

– By: Omar Rana