Akio Toyoda wants the firm to make a new Supra - but company officials are not as keen
12 July 2010

Toyota boss Akio Toyoda has given his approval to the development of a new Supra – but concedes there may be resistance within the company to the car.

Toyoda told journalists in Japan that he “wants to see the next Supra tested in the near future” but added that “even if one president says that we want to have a Supra again, the whole company is not going to be responding to that request”.

Autocar understands that the Supra replacement is on track for a launch in 2013/14 and its development is running in parallel to the delayed FT-86, the sports car Toyota is co-developing with Subaru.

The next Supra was previewed by FT-HS concept at the 2007 Detroit motor show and it’s likely to use a V6 hybrid powertrain for production.

Toyoda’s desire to build a new Supra stems from the time he spent at the Nurburgring driving the previous generation Supra. He said he “would like to create a car that is better than the Supra” and he was “not against the idea” of pushing through development of the car.

Toyota is also planning to launch a new MR-2 within the next four years, which will use a hybrid powertrain based on a 1.5-litre petrol engine.

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12 July 2010

Saint Akio strikes again. Good on him - it's high time Toyota got back to the cutting edge of sports cars. There have been many wonderful sporty Toyotas - the gorgeous 2000GT, the original RWD Celica, even the FWD Celicas, plus the MR2s (especially the Mk2 with the XJS-like flying buttresses)... oh, and Akio? Please, don't use a V6. Either use Subaru's flat-six or revive the 2JZ straight-six, recast it in magnesium or aluminium and make it fit for the latest emissions standards...

14 July 2010

I hope they do make another, I used to own a MkIV Supra and it was a good car.

It was quick, fun to drive, reliable and resonably cheap to run.

Toyota are missed in the sports car market- this is a company that has given us the MR2, Celica GT4 and the Supra so they do know how to make these cars.

It is disappointing that the likes of Honda/Toyota that given us some excellent sports cars in the past are no longer in the marketplace. They would bring an extra dimension to the marketplace as long as they make afforable sports cars rather than 300k supercars!

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