Come November 2011, and Toyota will be ready with its FT-86. The production version of the car is said to be almost 50 per cent complete. Though not many details have been revealed, it is being speculated that the car would be attached with a price tag of 2.5 million yen ($28,610 / €22,000).
If you would remember, the Toyota FT-86 was earlier been in the news for having been delayed till 2013. However, the latest reports that suggest a November 2011 launch have brought more discussions on the new Toyota offering.
What we get to know is that the new Toyota FT-86 would be based on a design similar to the concept that had been shown to us earlier. Though there might be minor modifications, the overall shape and design are said to be more or less the same. The concept was shown at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show.
The concept car had been showcased then with a Subaru 2.0-liter Boxer engine, six-speed manual transmission, ADVICS brakes, and rear-wheel drive. Get set for the latest Toyota offering soon. By the way, what do you think about the pricing?
Word is that a new Toyota Supra could be out in the market soon. This possibility was sparked off by a comment made by the head of Toyota, whose key interest was in developing a fifth generation Supra.
The concept of the vehicle was unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show in 2007, and when the car comes out it will be the first to see the light of day since the cancellation of the Mark IV in 2002.
Akio Toyoda, head of Toyota Motor Co. was a fourth generation Supra owner, and is widely known to be a fan of the hybrid. According to early reports, the car could be using a hybrid powertrain to power it, which includes a V6 engine.
It is unclear, however, whether focusing on the fifth generation Supra is actually the way Toyota is going. Reports say the company is preparing a replacement to the MR-2. Moreover, the FT-86 sports car is in the advanced development stages with Subaru, and there is a possibility that the company may not see a Supra release as an immediate plan.
In 2012 we’ll get to see three new-to-market vehicles from the Toyota stables. The Japanese major’s line up for the year would include a battery-driven electric vehicle and a plug-in version of the Prius. Meanwhile, the third model would most probably be another variant of the Prius that will head for the US shores. The car for the North American market is expected to be rolled out during the first half of year 2012.
Though Toyota has not come out in public with the plans, we get to hear that the second vehicle in the line up would be the forerunner of the Prius family that would sport the Prius badging.
The battery electric model will have many similarities to the electric version of the iQ, which Toyota had showcased at the 2009 Detroit show. These electric vehicles are expected to be rolled out in select markets globally. The company is expected to pick the markets in accordance with their ability to support the vehicles with sufficient infrastructure. We hope to hear from Toyota as to what exactly the plans are and how they are going to be implemented. Tell us if you have heard more on the plans for 2012.
The Auris Hybrid from the Toyota stables is set for a line-off ceremony from Toyota’s production company in the United Kingdom. The first ever hybrid vehicle that is being mass produced in Europe will sail off today from the Toyota Manufacturing, UK (TMUK) assembly line. With sales expected to start with sales on July 1, Toyota intends to take the Auris Hybrid to as many as 32 European nations. The TMUK will be rolling out as many as 30,000 units of the vehicle annually. The TMUK which had come into being way back in 1992 has already recorded a cumulative production of 3 million vehicles this year, going by the June 7 figures.
The fate of the Toyota FT-86 Sports Car hangs in the balance as Toyota has decided to postpone the production and launch of the vehicle for another two years. The exact reason is not yet known but the speculation is that Toyota is not happy with the concept designs.
Also, if Toyota goes ahead with the production and unveils the car by next year, the financial scenario will not be ideal and hence it cold result in poor sales.
Toyota had plans to team up with Subaru a couple of years back but then again, the economic situations made Toyota put the project on hold. Toyota still went ahead with the production in 2009 and even unveiled a concept at the Toyota Motor Show in the same year. Now again, the design has been rejected and the hopefuls will probably have to hang around for a couple of years.
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Toyota hasn’t been able to heave a sigh of relief after a flaw was discovered in the acceleration pedals of a number of Toyota models. Toyota first staged a heavy recall to get rid of the sticky gas pedals and thought that it might satiate the complaining NHTSA.
Toyota even paid $16.4 million fine for this mistake of theirs, but despite the ‘corrections,’ matters are only getting worse for the Japanese giant. NHTSA that reported 52 casualties because of the sticky gas pedals is now investigating 71 more crashes that led to fatalities. NHTSA has been notified of a total of 6,200 cases with 2,600 reports filed since March this year.
Out of these 2,600 cases, 100 consumers reported the problem after Toyota claimed to have rectified it.
Toyota might be the highest automobile manufacturing brand in the world but even then it needs to fill the void in the compact roadster segment. Instead of raising or developing a new platform altogether, Toyota is thinking on the lines of manufacturing a less-expensive version of the FT-86 sports car. The touted model will be a rear-wheel driven commuter with a front-mounted engine. It will be powered by Toyota’s very own 3SZ-VE engine which is a 1.5 liter 4-banger with 109 bhp power output. The current FT-86 sports car which has been developed together by Subaru and Toyota is expected to go on sale soon.
Toyota may be a tad on the low side after its relentless string of technical issues which has seen so many Toyota commuters being recalled, but the Prius has been one ray of hope that has never let the moniker down. Toyota is now thinking of further embarking upon the Prius success and the news is that a Prius Minivan may be released in 201. The Prius derivative will come with three rows of seats that will help the commuter accommodate a maximum of seven passengers. What is great is that it will again be a green commuter that will be based on the Li-on battery technology. This will help to improve fuel economy and the excess weight will also not be an issue.