Toyota Pulls The Plug On Scion, But Why?

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Today, Toyota announced plans to shutter its youth-oriented Scion brand. But why?

That depends on whom you ask.

TOYOTA’S VERSION

In the video above, Toyota Motor North America’s CEO Jim Lentz explains that Scion isn’t really going away. Beginning in the 2017 model year, most remaining Scion models will be rebadged and sold as Toyotas.

The rationale? Scion debuted in 2003 as a brand exclusively focused on younger car buyers. It offered small, quirky,

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2017 Kia Cadenza preview

The Basics:

The Kia Cadenza, is already a great car for comfort-oriented sedan shoppers—especially those who aren’t super-brand-conscious yet want a luxury-car feel and feature set without breaking the bank. And it stands to get even better with the fully redesigned version—first shown at the 2016 New York Auto Show—that’s on the way for 2017.

That’s because Kia takes aim at two of the outgoing Cadenza’s main weaknesses: It’s a little conservatively styled, and not all that much fun to drive.

Like Kia’s most recent models, the 2017 Kia Cadenza ups its game inside, where it counts, with a cabin that’s even more focused on hand-crafted details and upgraded materials. And with Kia’s first 8-speed automatic transmission in a front-wheel-drive vehicle, the Cadenza also makes gains in efficiency and drivability.

From the outside, the 2017 Kia Cadenza looks a good deal more elegant than its predecessor, and perhaps a little sportier, too. The new

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2017 Toyota Corolla

The Basics:

The 2017 Toyota Corolla will take its well-deserved, yearlong parade lap this year. After all, the name has been around for 50 years and adorned more than 40 million cars worldwide, according to Toyota. Over its span, the Corolla has epitomized basic, trouble-free, and relatively comfortable transportation over 11 generations, with a few memorable forms—AE86 anyone?

This year, Toyota adds available active-safety technology to better compete with a growing class of compacts. While the current version isn’t what you might call charming, it’s more interesting and engaging that its anodyne predecessors.

For 2017, there are essentially no changes to the Corolla, save for a few new trims and a 50th Anniversary Limited Edition. Only 8,000 of those special models will be sold, in only three colors. They feature unique 17-inch alloy wheels, a black interior with “Black Cherry” contrast stitching, dash and door accents, and special floor mats and badges. The

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2017 Nissan Titan Preview

The Basics:

The 2017 Nissan Titan is an all-new, much needed, full-size truck for the automaker whose previous entry had aged beyond relevancy. Made in Mississippi and available in so-called “XD” grade—more on that later—the 2017 Nissan Titan is fronted by a V-6, or an available 5.6-liter V-8.

The new, “regular” Titan is a followup to the Titan XD, which went on sale in the U.S. last year. That truck is a diesel-powered scalpel meant to slice a niche above light-duty trucks, but below traditional heavy-duty offerings from other truckmakers. The Titan XD offers more hauling and towing capability than, say, a Ford F-150, but well below some Super Duty trucks. Time will tell if Nissan executed its “tweener” plan well.

The non-XD Titan bowed at the Chicago Auto Show and will go on sale this summer as a 2017 model-year pickup. The Titan and Titan XD are both constructed in the same

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2 get life in prison for South Lebanon murder

Two people, described by a prosecutor as cold blooded, were sentenced Wednesday to spend the rest of their lives behind bars for murdering a man and permanently injuring another in a drug-related shooting in a South Lebanon Township apartment last year.

Judge Samuel A. Kline sentenced 40-year-old Eddie Williams and Akeita Harden, 30, to life in prison without parole for murdering

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