That’s the number of “under 35s,” people who are young enough to get away with driving a coupe such as what the Fuse portrays.
Not that age ever stopped anyone from buying the Scion tC, the youngish, sporty coupe that is arguably one of the best buys on the market today. Given this type of demographic makeup, and the fact that Scion attracts a wide swath of all ages with its exciting design and order-form style of buying, it’s sure no surprise that Scion had some fun at the 2006 New York International Auto Show, debuting the Fuse and pointing to the future direction of coupe Scions, and, well, keeping Calty designers busy, thinking and happy.
This is the future of cars, dontcha know, so get used to what the Fuse represents: long and wide stretches of sleek sheet metal, an aggressive tail, short overhangs a low-slung stance and wrap-around ceiling-to-sides glasswork. On the inside, get ready for the ultimate in multi-function – and not your typical 60/40 split, but function that’s more like multi-lifestyle, with a design that caters itself to gamers, cargo and comfort. With special treats like a dual exhaust setup that doubles as lighting – and more – as well as butterfly wings and multi-color headlamps, the Fuse is indeed special – and just what around 142 million people are getting ready to order up at their nearest Scion – Toyota – Lexus dealer.
Tail-wagging good time
Multi-function lift gate
Dual, multi-function exhaust
Photos by Ron Perry