Coming to a Geneva Motor Show near you is an all-new concept from Toyota.
Known as the FT-86 abroad and as the Scion FR-S on our shores, it can be concluded it has had a pretty good 2012.
Auto reviews across the globe pretty much gave this car a massive thumbs up even though I believe its interior leaves a lot to be desired AND it is a bit underpowered. However, all some folks need to hear and see is rear-wheel drive drifts and their brain turns to mush.
That said, it appears that Toyota is going to capitalize on its well-received accolades and will bring an FR-S convertible to the Geneva Motor Show.
Toyota is saying it is doing this in a move to gauge public reaction — not the first time we've heard this. So, it's not a SURE thing just yet.
Taking all of this into consideration, what say you? Should Toyota build the FT-86/Scion FR-S drop top?
Toyota's press release follows:
- World premiere of FT-86 Open concept
- World premiere of Toyota i-Road concept
- First appearance of production-ready Auris Touring Sports
- First European motor show appearance of the new RAV4
Toyota will take the wraps off two contrasting new concepts at the Geneva motor show and also pave the way for two new model introductions that will strengthen its European model range in the coming months.
The FT-86 Open and Toyota i-Road concepts will be sharing the spotlight with the new, British-built Auris Touring Sports and the fourth-generation RAV4 compact SUV.
FT-86 Open concept
The Toyota FT-86 Open concept previews a possible future development of the award-winning GT86 sports coupe. The show car will help Toyota gauge public reaction to the idea, at the same time as it carries out engineering tests on a prototype.
The Toyota i-Road has been conceived as a compact, fun and emissions-free personal mobility concept, designed to offer quick and efficient urban transport for two people.
Auris Touring Sports
Toyota will unveil the production-ready Auris Touring Sports at Geneva, having previewed the estate version of its Auris model at the Paris motor show last year. It will publish full specifications, dimensions and performance data for the new, British-built model, which will go on sale later this year.
Toyota intends Auris Touring Sports to become a new reference point in the market for medium-size estate cars, supported by its strong, contemporary styling, excellent luggage capacity and unique-in-segment full hybrid powertrain option.
The model's debut will be supported by the presentation of a special design study, the Auris Touring Sports Black.
The fourth generation RAV4 will be appearing at a European motor show for the first time, coinciding with its market launch in Europe. The new model builds on its pioneering heritage, putting a greater emphasis on the qualities demanded by the modern families that are at the heart of its target market, without sacrificing its core values.
The new model offers distinctive styling, a high quality interior, greater efficiency and improvements to its all-wheel drive system that help deliver a more engaging drive.
RAV4's debut will be supported by two special design studies, the RAV4 Premium and RAV4 Adventure.
Toyota will host a press conference on Stand 4.111 at 1pm on Tuesday, 5 March.