Toyota to showcase Supra concept at Detroit

Toyota confirms performance concept car for Detroit, could point to next-generation Supra

A replacement for the Toyota Supra could be shown in concept car form at the Detroit motor show in January.

Toyota has confirmed to Autocar that a new performance-based concept will be seen in Detroit, but declined to comment on whether that concept would point towards a new Supra.

The new concept will be designed by Toyota's Calty studio, which has contributed to a number of Lexus, Scion and Toyota designs in the past but has not worked on a Supra project before.

However, a story posted on Autoblog suggests the concept will indeed be Supra-based, and that high-level Toyota officials plan to "shock the world" with a new Supra concept. A production version is likely to follow.

This won't be the first time a Supra replacement has been previewed. In 2007 the manufacturer showed its FT-HS concept at the Detroit motor show. That concept was also designed by Calty, and reportedly featured a 395bhp hybrid powertrain, which allowed the FT-HS to reach 60mph in around four seconds.
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Monday 09 December 2013 - 20:07:09
Toyota to shock with Supra concept for Detroit Auto Show?

Via autoblog: We've written about approximately 187,000 rumors about a return of the Toyota Supra to the land of living cars. There are a couple of good reasons for this: first, Toyota won't stop dropping hints about a new halo sports car. Late this summer, Toyota sales guru Kazuo Ohara called a Supra successor "one of the options we have" – a comment followed by a hint that there would be "better news" on the subject in the future.

The second reason for all the Toyota tales is, of course, that we all have missed the Supra since its departure from the US market in 1998. So, when a member of the Autoblog team is party to a nudge-and-wink-filled conversation about a new Supra concept headed to January's Detroit Auto Show, we tend to listen up.

A 400+ horsepower hybrid sports car would match up pretty well with the upcoming NSX.
Recently, a few very well-placed members of the Toyota team indicated to us, in not-so-cryptic terms, that the Japanese automaker is ready to shock the world with a Supra concept car for this year's shindig in the Motor City. Further, the indications we've been given are that this "concept car" will signal broadly about a production version still to follow.

In 2007, the FT-HS concept (pictured) seemed like a perfectly promising Supra replacement, right before the economy fell off a cliff and everyone in the business shelved all non-essential product plans. This year, however, there'll be about 16 million cars sold in the US and a 400+ horsepower hybrid sports car would match up pretty well with the upcoming Acura NSX from rival Honda, not to mention president Akio Toyoda's mandate to shed his company's staid image.

Of course, on the record, Toyota is still staying perfectly mum – not only on the topic of the previously rumored gas-electric powertrain, but on the existence of the concept itself. Our requests for any official confirmation have been met with firm retorts of approximately "no comment" from our friendly Toyota PR staffers.

Still, the pattern of executive-dropped clues about a new sports car follows that which composed the achingly long lead up to the eventual Toyota GT86/Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ. We'll have to wait about a month to see just what Toyota has under the sheets in Cobo this year, but we're crossing our fingers and hoping the new year brings with it a new Supra, at long last.
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Friday 06 December 2013 - 20:05:03
Toyota MR2 shows why we still love the 1990s

Was there a better time for Japanese performance than the 1980s and 1990s? It seems like looking back, Japan was on a roll, producing cars that were affordable, economical, reliable, fast and lightweight. And while all the attention is - thanks to a certain film series - focused on cars like Toyota Supra and Mazda RX-7, there is a lesser-known model that's establishing its own enduring legacy without the help of Paul Walker and Vin Diesel.

The MR2, affectionately known as the "Mister Two" to fanboys, first arrived in 1984 as a lightweight, mid-engined sports car that proceeded to eat the lunch of the Pontiac Fiero in terms of performance. That car was replaced in 1989 with the more familiar, rounded-out MR2, which is the subject of this latest video from the team at Petrolicious.

The video takes a look at a group of MR2 drivers, and attempts to explain what it is about the car that is destined to make it a future classic. Scroll down to see Petrolicious examine the MR2 Connection.

News Source: Petrolicious via YouTube
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Thursday 28 November 2013 - 07:39:21
Toyota FT-86 Open Concept leaves us feeling flushed

Bilen Toyota sier de IKKE vil produsere... Men hvorfor viser de den igjen i Tokyo. Og hvorfor er den lakkert om?

When last we checked in on our topless would-be hero, the Toyota FT-86 convertible had been reportedly placed on "indefinite hold." That was back in early October, not long after Toyota had trotted out the rear-wheel-drive canvasback to Scion dealers as a possible future product carrot if they decided not to turn in their franchises. And yet, we're here at the Tokyo Motor Show, where Toyota has taken the time to at least repaint the FT-86 Open Concept in "Flash Red," if not build a whole other car (the original Geneva showcar was white). It's enough to make our heads spin like a teenager on the verge of a breakup. Will they? Won't they?

At this point, we still don't know any more than you do – the last word we heard out of Toyota was not encouraging, although the story was that the program could still be fast-tracked if management had a change of heart. As the car has never been seen before in Japan, perhaps Toyota is merely extending its domestic audience a courtesy view before it lines this showcar in mothballs, or maybe they're still trying to make a decision on its fate and gauging public reaction on the homefront.

Interestingly, in a new story published today, Automotive News quotes Subaru brand boss Yasuyuki Yoshinaga downplaying the likelihood of a production model, saying flatly "We make the car, so if we don't make it, it can't happen." The executive went on to note, "Our engineering department told me that losing the entire roof requires a complete redesign of the structure. It would need a big change." Given that such a car would probably trade in rather small volumes, that sounds like a significant hurtle.

Either way, this FT-86 Open Concept wears red paint rather fetchingly – and we think a Scion FR-S or a Subaru BRZ would look every inch as compelling, too.

Toyota loves us... *pluck*... Toyota loves us not...
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News Source: Toyota, Automotive News - sub. req.
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Thursday 21 November 2013 - 07:49:40
Toyota previews next Lexus RX with Tokyo-bound JDM Harrier

Via autoblog: The Lexus RX shares much with the Toyota Highlander, but its more direct counterpart is the Toyota Harrrier. Never heard of it? That's because Toyota only sells it at home in Japan, and now it's revealed a new one. So if the Harrier is essentially a Toyota-badged version of the RX, then what's the big deal, you ask? The big deal is that the new Harrier which leaked in July, set to debut at the Tokyo Motor Show next week and which you see here isn't quite the same as the Lexus, and those differences could (and in most cases likely will) make their way over to the RX as well.

For starters, the styling is different. Granted that the Lexus version will almost certainly get a spindle-shaped grille, but even so, the Harrier's nose seems to protrude further than the RX's and the headlamps are a notably different shape. The greenhouse is also a different shape, coming to a sharper point at the back, and the mirrors are fixed to the A-pillar not to the door panel. The taillamps are revised, the tailgate has a new profile and there's a pseudo-diffuser at the bottom of the rear bumper. Subtle changes, to be sure, but then Toyota and Lexus are known for their evolutionary approach to styling. The interior has apparently undergone some updates as well, with a more dynamically styled dashboard, a more symmetrical center stack and different seats, steering wheel, door panels... the works. The infotainment display screen has also moved further down from its position in the current RX.

Toyota will offer the new Harrier with a 2.0-liter four mated to a CVT and driving either the front wheels or all four, and a hybrid setup with a 2.5-liter married to a 140-hp electric motor. The RX is offered here with a 3.5-liter V6 either on its own or with an electric assist. We wouldn't expect Lexus to go swapping the larger engines for the smaller ones, at least not for the US market. There's plenty more to the Harrier, of course, than the similarities and differences to the Lexus RX, and if you're buying a premium crossover in Japan, you can delve into the full details in the press release below, together with the images in the gallery above.

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News Source: Toyota
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Wednesday 13 November 2013 - 17:57:21
2014 Lexus CT to Make World Debut at the Guangzhou Motor Show

TOKYO (Nov. 12, 2013) – The world premiere of the 2014 Lexus CT 200h will take place at the 2013 Guangzhou Motor Show in China on Nov. 21. When the CT 200h was introduced in 2010 it was the world’s first full hybrid luxury compact car.

This compact luxury hybrid receives a new Lexus “spindle grille,” one of several dynamic and sophisticated exterior styling changes implemented for 2014 model year. Other exterior changes include newly designed alloy wheels and a revised rear appearance with a more horizontal structure.

All other details about the upgraded CT 200h will be revealed at the upcoming Guangzhou Motor Show. A press conference will be held at the Lexus booth, Hall 5.1 in the China Import and Export Commodities Fair Complex.

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Tuesday 12 November 2013 - 11:53:31
Topless Dreams: Imagining the Lexus RC Convertible

Via clublexus: Now that Lexus has officially revealed its new "RC car", future variants are being imagined in the form of artist renderings. This Lexus RC 350's roof has been photo-chopped by Theophilus Chin, automotive manipulator extraordinaire.
If this topless RC is in the cards, expect to see the coupe get a 3.5-liter V6 with 306 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque. Circulating reports suggest this convertible would be offered with a hybrid powertrain option, but we disagree as far as U.S. market availability is concerned. We wouldn't rule out an RC 300h convertible for retail outside the United States, but we still think it's unlikely. On the performance side of speculation, we are praying to the deities of every religion that Lexus builds us an RC F convertible.

Imagine an open-top Lexus grand tourer with roughly 450 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque--sounds like a car made for a god. via [WorldCarFans]

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Tuesday 12 November 2013 - 10:57:41
2.0L Turbo Powered Lexus CT on the Way?

Via Lexus Entusiast: n an interview with Motoring Australia, Lexus International executive vice president Mark Templin makes the case for a higher powered CT hatchback sometime in the future:

“I think the CT got a reputation for its handling steering and suspension system. If we had had a second powertrain in that car, I think sure we would have done a lot more volume.”

“You had the people who loved the CT’s hybrid powertrain, the markets that need that kind of powertrain, and the people who are eco friendly or want to save that money on gas and that’s great,” said Templin.

“But we missed a segment of the market for people who want fast cars; because a lot of people liked the looks and liked the way it drove so they wanted something faster. So yeah sure in the future, I hope we can account for that.”

There was a real emphasis on the CT being hybrid-only when it was first launched, and Templin addresses this decision in the interview:

“It helped us solidify our place in history when it comes to the development of hybrid powertrains and showing that luxury and hybrid go together,” he said.

“It was just a natural step for us to launch a car that came 100 per cent as a hybrid. That was a good play. But in the future? Maybe we need both.”

Powering this gasoline variant of the CT would likely be the new 2.0L turbo set to debut in the LF-NX concept at the Tokyo Motor Show next week — in fact, of all the Lexus models, the CT will probably benefit the most from this new engine.
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Tuesday 12 November 2013 - 10:53:38
Toyota announces GT86 CS-R3 rally car

Toyota Motorsport GmbH has developed cars for all manner of racing, up to and including Formula One and Le Mans. But it got its start back in 1979 in rally competition, winning four drivers' and three manufacturers' titles in the World Rally Championship. And now it's announced a new rally car.

Based on the Toyota GT86 (better known to us as the Scion FR-S), the CS-R3 rally car isn't built to contest the top tier of the WRC, but is being developed to conform to the lower R3 class. That means a six-speed sequential gearbox, limited slip differential and upgraded engine, brakes, aero... the works. It'll retain the road-going model's rear-drive setup, joining the front-drive Yaris R1A in TMG's portfolio of customer rally cars.

Further details are set to be revealed "in the coming months", but the GT86 CS-R3 will benefit from the experience TMG accrued in developing the GT86 CS-V3 (pictured above) for the Nürburgring-based VLN endurance racing series.
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News Source: Toyota
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Tuesday 12 November 2013 - 07:37:17
Lexus GS 200t Trademarked in Japan

2. Oppdatering!!!!

According to Japanese Lexus fan site Lexus Musts, Lexus has trademarked GS 200t in Japan — here’s a screenshot of the filing:

GS 200t has also been trademarked in Australia — the 200t designation is expected to be the 2.0L four-cylinder turbo that’s set to debut at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month in the LF-NX concept.
[Source: Lexus Musts]

Nå kommer GS300h til Norge, og bør bli en suksess her på berget. Og i andre markeder så får de også en GS 250.
Men nå kommer kanskje en 2,0 liter med Turbo!!! Hummm... dette kan bli veldig spennende!

Oppdatert med info: Lexus også har registrert vare merket NX200t og NX300h for sin nye lille SUV!!!
Da tyder alt på at vi ser utgangspunktet for mange nye versjoner: CT200t - IS200t - GS200t - NX200t og RC200t + eventuelt ES200t. Vi vil nok ikke se denne motoren i LS modellene!!

Big news today — Lexus has trademarked NX 200t & NX 300h in the USA, Canada, and Australia, giving the very first details about the much-rumored Lexus compact crossover.

Utrolig nok, så tyder ting på at selv i storeLexus RX, vil vi kunne få 2,0 Turbo i fremtiden!
Lexus has registered RX 200t as a trademark in Australia, indicating that a fourth engine option for the SUV may be offered in the future.

Ting blir bare sikrere og sikrere!!
Ny Lexus RC cupe, vil nok også komme med den nye 2,0 Turbo motoren!

Lexus has registered RC 200t as a trademark in Australia, fueling speculation that the new coupe will be offered with a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The RC 200t was registered on August 12, 2013 under trademark #1574017.
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