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Scion xD gets the claw

Scion shows off a specially modified xD model, with a claw machine mounted in back, at the 2007 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Five Axis Design Scion xD wide body
Why is everyone hanging out behind this Scion xD?Photo by CNET Networks/Sarah Tew

Some custom car modders put in massive engines, some load cars with LCDs, but Five Axis Design put a claw machine in a Scion xD, which is on display at the 2007 LA Auto Show. Looking through the back window of this specially modified Scion xD, you can gaze longingly at a pile of little stuffed toys. Start up the claw, and you have a limited amount of time to try to drop the claw on a stuffed prize by using the joystick mounted on the back of the car. If you are successful, the claw will drop the toy into a slot, and you can pull it out of the back of the Scion.

Claw game in Scion xD
This claw game is the big attraction.Photo by CNET Networks/Sarah Tew

Actually, Five Axis did a lot more than just put in a claw machine. This xD looks little like the original, as it is a wide-body design with flared rails along the bottom half of the doors. For entertainment, the car gets a Pioneer AVIC D3 navigation and stereo head unit. And, not to stray too far from show-car orthodoxy, the xD has four exterior video screens.

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