Toyota bB

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Toyota bB
2008 Toyota bB 01.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Toyota Motor Company
Daihatsu Motor Company
Also called Subaru Dex, Scion xB (2004–2006)
Production 2000–present
Body and chassis
Class Subcompact/Supermini
Body style 5-door Mini MPV
3-door coupe utility (Japan only, first generation)

The Toyota bB is a small wagon produced by the Japanese car company Toyota for the first generation launched in 2000, and the second generation was built by Daihatsu from 2005.

The car has been badge engineered and sold as the Daihatsu Materia, Scion xB and Subaru Dex.

First Generation (NCP3#, 2000-2005)[edit]

First generation
2000 Toyota bB 01.jpg
Overview
Production January 2000 – December 2005[1][2]
Assembly Japan: Toyota, Aichi (Takaoka plant)[1]
Body and chassis
Related Scion xB
Toyota Vitz
Powertrain
Engine 1.3 L 2NZ-FE I4
1.5 L 1NZ-FE I4

The first-generation bB was based on the Toyota Vitz. While the box-shaped car was initially targeted towards Japanese men in their twenties, it is also popular with women buyers.[citation needed]

Production of the bB occurred between January 2000 and April 2005 at the Takaoka plant in Toyota, Aichi.[1] Production occurred at the former Central Motors between August 2004 and December 2005 for the bB; export Scion xB model continued until December 2006.[2]

Engines[edit]

Engine choices include 1.3- and 1.5-litre inline-four engines.

Marketing[edit]

In United States, the first-generation bB was sold under the Scion brand as the "xB" from June 2003 to 2007.

Open Deck (2000–2001)[edit]

bB Open Deck

The Open Deck was a concept car based on the bB. It had an open deck that made it like a coupe utility, similar to the Subaru Baja.

Second Generation (QNC2#, 2005–present)[edit]

Second generation
2005 Toyota bB 03.jpg
Overview
Also called Daihatsu Coo (in Japan and Taiwan)
Daihatsu Materia
Subaru Dex
Production Toyota: December 2005–present
Daihatsu: 2006–2012
Assembly Japan: Ikeda, Osaka (Daihatsu Head Plant)
Body and chassis
Body style 5-door MPV
Related Daihatsu Sirion
Powertrain
Engine 1.3 L K3-VE I4
1.5 L 3SZ-VE I4

The second generation bB vehicle was unveiled in 2005 Tokyo Motor Show. Production version went on sale in Netz dealers. The second-generation Scion xB is not based on the bB but was specifically designed by Toyota to appeal to American buyers, which was sold in Japan as Toyota Corolla Rumion. Badge engineered Daihatsu and Subaru models were also produced, but production ceased in 2012, leaving just the Toyota model.

Design[edit]

The vehicle was designed as "A Car-shaped Music Player" to hopefully satisfy the preferences of the younger generation. The Daihatsu version can be identified by a wider and shallower grille and indicator layout.

Body styles[edit]

Chassis codes (DBA-)QNC21-BHSGK (DBA-)QNC25-BHSGK (DBA-)QNC20-BHSXK (DBA-)QNC25-BHSXK
Model Z 1.5 2WD Z 1.3 4WD S 1.3 2WD S 1.3 4WD
Drive FWD 4WD FWD 4WD
Engine 3SZ-VE K3-VE K3-VE K3-VE

Engines[edit]

Code Years Type/code Power, torque@rpm
3SZ-VE ? 1,495 cc (1.495 L; 91.2 cu in) (72.0x91.8 mm) I4 109 PS (80 kW; 108 hp)@6000, 141 N·m (104 lb·ft)@4400
K3-VE ? 1,297 cc (1.297 L; 79.1 cu in) (72.0x79.7 mm) I4 92 PS (68 kW; 91 hp)@6000, 123 N·m (91 lb·ft)@4400

Transmissions[edit]

2008 Subaru Dex (JDM)

All models include Super ECT 4-speed automatic transmission.

Subaru Dex (2008-)[edit]

The Subaru Dex is a badge engineered version for Subaru with the K3-VE 1.3-litre engine and a choice of FWD or 4WD.

Daihatsu Materia[edit]

Daihatsu Coo

The Daihatsu Materia (Daihatsu Coo in Japan) replaced the Daihatsu YRV and is largely identical to the second generation of the Toyota bB. The Materia comes in 1.3L and 1.5L varieties with a 4WD version in the pipeline, manual and Auto versions. (Currently in UK they only have the 1.5L Version 16 November 2007) 0-60 mph times 10.8 seconds for manual, and 13.7 seconds for auto UK versions. Maximum speed of 106 mph (171 km/h) and for automatic 102 mph (164 km/h)

In the tenth series of Top Gear, Jeremy Clarkson jokingly compared the Materia to the Ascari A10, saying, "Sure the Daihatsu Materia is a good car... but on balance... I'd choose the big, yellow, shouty car instead."[3]

The Daihatsu Materia is available only with an automatic 1.5 petrol engine in the UK market.[4]

The vehicles were built in Head (Ikeda) Plant, Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Takaoka Plant". Toyota Motor Corporation. 2012. Retrieved 2014-07-21. 
  2. ^ a b "Affiliates (Toyota wholly owned subsidiaries)-Toyota Motor East Japan, Inc.". Toyota Motor Corporation. 2012. Retrieved 2014-07-21. 
  3. ^ Top Gear, Series 10, Episode 9.
  4. ^ http://www.parkers.co.uk/cars/owners-reviews/search.aspx?range=100547#fuel=P&Body=Hatchback&transmission=A
  5. ^ "Toyota Launches Fully Redesigned bB — "A Car-shaped Music Player" that Incorporates Youthful Sensibilities —". Toyota Japan. 2005-12-26. Retrieved 2012-05-05. 

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