Toyota Kills Off Scion tC - Last of the Celicas Is No More
The Scion tC will be discontinued and not brought over to the Toyota Family like the FR-S (Toyota 86), iM and IA, all three of which will be sold as Toyota models for 2017. The tC is still on sale. Production ends this month and within weeks the last new tC will roll out of a dealership somewhere in America.
Toyota's killing off the tC is interesting for a number of reasons. Through the end of July, the tC had outsold many models with a big name, but low overall volume. For example, the tC outsold the Nissan Leaf for the first half of 2016. Looking over at the Scion FR-S, we see that the tC’s 6,890 units sold this year exceeded the FR-S’ 4,465 by quite a bit.
The front-engine, front wheel drive tC traces its lineage all the way back to the 1985 Toyota Celica (did you ever wonder what the “t” and “C” stood for?). That was the year the Celica switched from rear-wheel drive to front. The Scion tC was substantially similar to the 1985-1993 Toyota Celica in pretty much every way. The Celica changed to a different car in 1994 and ran through 2006, but that car had more in common with the old Corolla than the tC and sixth generation Celica.