We have seen nearly every gimmick under the sun with various automakers, from Saturn and its "No Haggle" pricing — see where that got it — to Volkswagen with its "Sign Then Drive Event." One gimmick that we’ve been waiting for is for when dealerships start renting out their cars for extended test drives or just a weekend trip.
Well, the wait is now over, as Toyota has done just that. From the looks of things, about 85 percent of Toyota and Scion dealers across the U.S. participate in this program and Toyota claims that its rental rates are competitive with local car-rental companies. According to the Toyota Rent a Car website, you can rent cars, trucks, SUVs, Hybrids and even the 2013 RAV4 EV for a day, week or even months. Unfortunately, the 2013 Scion FR-S isn’t on the list of available models, but the almost-as-cool Scion tC is on the list.
So, we can now check brand-new rent-a-buckets off of our wish list, now we are just waiting for all of the dealers to morph into rental showrooms and Internet-based car buying — now that is "no haggle pricing!" Those two will likely never happen, but at the rate that Tesla is changing the car-buying experience, you just never know what will happen.
Your move, Elon Musk...
Click past the jump to read about some of the coolest models that Toyota is renting out under this program
Scion is wrapping up its special edition announcements in 2011 with a second model called the xD Release Series 4.0 (xD RS 4.0) for 2012. This new model will be built in only 800 units and exclusively offered in an Blizzard Pearl exterior paint. Prices start at $16,250 when equipped with manual gearbox and $17,050 when equipped with an automatic transmission. Prices do not include delivery, processing, and handling fees of $730.
The special Blizzard Pearl exterior paint on the special edition xD is combined with 16-inch alloy wheels finished in a smoked platinum color. TIt also gets color-tuned trim pieces on the center console, steering wheel, and door panels. The seats are wrapped in a distinctively patterned soft-touch material and feature white stitching. Finally, the xD will include carpeted floor and cargo mats featuring the Release Series logo and white stitching around the border. Each xD RS 4.0 features an individually numbered badge.
0Scion revealed the all-new 2008 xD five-door subcompact at a press conference today at the 2007 Chicago Auto Show.0 "The xD is a clever new take on the five-door urban subcompact, with style and flair to match its efficiency and utility," said Mark Templin, Scion vice president. "The xD’s aggressive styling is wrapped in a small, agile package, while its interior offers impressive details and a spacious cabin." New Scion Style The xD’s futuristic exterior characterizes (...)
Scion will stage the world premiere of the second-generation xB and the all-new xD at the 2007 Chicago Auto Show. The Scion press conference will take place on Thursday, February 8 at 9:00 A.M. CT in the Grand Ballroom in McCormick Place, with a live simulcast to the Scion display area at the show. Scion will also stage a simultaneous press conference in Scion City, in the virtual world "Second Life," to introduce the computer-simulated versions of the two all-new 2008 (...)