For the tenth consecutive year, consumer voters proclaimed their favorites in five categories in the Chicago Auto Show's “Best of Show” balloting. Winners in the contest's five categories were:
- Best All-New Production Vehicle: Ford GT (38 percent of vote)
- Best Concept Vehicle: Toyota FT-1 (30 percent of vote) [see photos]
- Best Green Vehicle: BMW i8 (38 percent of vote)
- Best Exhibit: Ford (25 percent of vote)
- Vehicle I'd most like to have in my driveway: Ford Mustang GT350
Good article via Motortrend on Toyota's sports car "problem." A problem which basically applies to all big general automotive manufacturers given the limited demographic of buyers of pure sports cars - namely, the difficulty in sustaining a sports car's sales and why should a company even bother with sports cars (and why would Toyota bother with the FT-1 / Supra) when it can instead sell more passenger cars and trucks instead. Read on inside...
Great news this morning - BMW and Toyota are moving closer to putting jointly developed sports cars on the road!
Cooperation on the underpinnings of the vehicles “has moved on to the concept phase and is running according to plan,” Munich-based BMW said in a statement to Bloomberg News. A technical feasibility study that began in January 2013 has been “successfully completed.”
Now don't get too excited... but an NSX was out testing at Nurburgring yesterday and it was an odd sight, as it was followed by a stock Mark IV Supra. Why you might ask? Was Toyota just running an old Supra just for fun at the Ring or was there more to it?
Well the same car was spotted running with a prototype Toyota 86 approximately 2 years back. Those are definitely Toyota's plates so it indicates it is a Toyota test vehicle.
Toyota will be unveiling a second FT-1 concept in graphite color tonight at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time., in Monterey, California.
Both versions of the FT-1 will be shown, squeezed between classic supercars and big business jets. Showing off both the first and second FT-1s in California is a good way to gauge popular reaction to the car among people who might buy it -- and to use that popular reaction to present a case to Tokyo to build the car.
New reports suggest that Toyota will be building a MKV Supra convertible in place of a convertible for its popular Toyota 86 / FR-S.
Chief engineer Tetsuya Tada told the media that while he hasn't "given up" on the prospect of a convertible 86, the economic downturn in Europe and slowing sales for the 86 in the US are making it difficult to justify the additional costs.
He added: "There are many articles regarding another sports model from Toyota up higher from 86. I'm thinking convertible model will be on higher model ... maybe."
Big news Supra fans! We look to have our first major clue that Toyota will be reviving the Supra name.
On February 10, 2014, Toyota Motor Corporation filed to renew its trademark for the use of the SUPRA name. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) fiiling covers "automobiles and structural parts thereof"
This is a must-read on the birth of the Toyota FT-1 concept from the Calty Design Research studios. The timeline of events from idea to real-life concept included:
- March 2012: Calty makes pitch to Toyota top management
- May 2012: Toyota gives formal go-ahead for Calty to begin work
- June 2012: Calty team takes field trip to Las Vegas Speedway
- June 2012: Decision made for car to be front-engine/rear-drive layout
Toyota just dropped the news that the FT-1 Concept will be coming to Gran Turismo 6 on January 14, 2014!
Yes, the concept that previews the next Supra will be available as a downloadable vehicle in this virtual driving simulator. Race fans can experience FT-1 exclusively in GT6 where the FT-1 was created digitally to realistically demonstrate what a production FT-1 could achieve.
In addition to the creation of the FT-1 in GT6, Toyota is also represented in the groundbreaking Vision Gran Turismo project. The resulting concepts will be released exclusively on GT6 throughout the year.
In celebration of its 40th anniversary, Toyota's Calty Design has created the FT-1 concept and released this brief history.
- From humble beginnings, Calty Design Research has become a pre-eminent automotive design center strongly influencing Toyota vehicle designs
- Calty studios play a critical role in Toyota’s North American regional autonomy strategy
- The Toyota FT-1 Concept is the culmination of Calty’s long history with sports car design
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