LOS ANGELES -- Toyota's Scion youth brand will stick to its promise of short product life spans when it ceases production of the xA and xB hatchbacks in December.
The two small cars will be replaced by unspecified vehicles in early 2007.
Scion promised to keep its product lineup fresh and hip. The downside is that the company may end up killing a product -- in this case the boxy xB -- that has proved to be more popular than expected.
The xA and xB debuted in California in June 2003, but the brand's national launch was not until the following June.
When they reached the United States, both vehicles were derived from Toyota's existing Japan-market fleet -- the xA from the ist, and the xB from the bB.
From their launch through August, Scion has sold 79,084 xA units and 144,909 xB units.