To see recall-plagued Toyota staging a public track day at Fuji Speedway, running several of their recently revealed Nurburgring-inspired road going concepts, like a supercharged iQ, is a positive step in the right direction.

Weighed down by negative news of unexpectedly accelerating cars and dubious brakes, not to mention their untimely withdrawal from F1, the world’s number one car company has taken a beating of late. But this fresh new batch of creative concepts is showing that CEO Akio Toyoda’s message of more-fun-to-drive Toyota machines is ringing true.

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Now that I think back, there seems to be a clear correlation between the company’s F1 withdrawal and launching a bunch of fun new cars, while at the same time, focusing more on their Nurburgring racing programme.