Filed under: Spy Photos , Convertible , Performance , Scion , Subaru , Toyota Though the eventual existence of a convertible version of the Toyota GT86 (and its Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ versions for America) is a no-brainer, we’ve yet to get a glimpse of the real-deal car until now. Spotted in Cape Town, South Africa, of all places, this completely undisguised GT86 convertible seems to be in a remarkably advanced state of development. The image seen here was obviously sniped from quite a distance and without the aid of a powerful lens, but we can still make out a production-ready looking piece of rear bodywork for the convertible top to hide away in, as well as a functioning trunk lid. It’s hard to make out with any certainty, based on this evidence, but there does seem to be space retained behind the front seats for two, small rear chairs. With the first car spotted, we’d expect to seem some more and better images of it flow through in the near future, and if not, Toyota has already confirmed a concept version for next month’s Geneva Motor Show , dubbed FT-86 Open, so stay tuned. For now, click through to the FT86Club.com forum to have a slightly closer look at the images. Scion FR-S Convertible (in Toyota GT86 form) spied in South Africa originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 15 Feb 2013 11:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: New York Auto Show , Aston Martin , Audi , BMW , Land Rover , Mazda , Mercedes-Benz , Porsche , Scion , Toyota , Volkswagen , Ferrari , Renault , Peugeot With the Chicago and Geneva auto shows not even out of the way yet, the automotive world’s sights are set on the New York Auto Show for the naming of the 2013 World Car Awards , and the top 10 finalists for World Car of the Year and World Performance Car were recently announced and will be voted on by 66 journalists from around the world (including our own European Editor, Matt Davis ). Vying for the top award are the Audi A3, 2013 Range Rover, 2014 Mazda6, Mazda CX-5, Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Peugeot 208, Porsche Boxster/Cayman, the trio of Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ/Toyota GT86, Volkswagen Golf and the Volvo V40. Since its inception, past winners of this award include Volkswagen Up! (2012), Nissan LEAF (2011), Volkswagen Polo (2010), Volkswagen Golf (2009), Mazda2/Mazda Demio (2008), Lexus LS 460 (2007), BMW 3 Series (2006) and the Audi A6 in the award’s inaugural year. The competition is no less fierce for the performance car of the year with the Aston Martin Vanquish, Audi RS5, BMW M6, BMW M 135i, Ferrari F12Berlinetta, Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG and SLS AMG, Porsche Boxster/Cayman, Renault Clio Sport and the Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ/Toyota GT86. This award was first handed out in 2006 with previous recipients including Porsche 911 (2012), Ferrari 458 Italia (2011), Audi R8 V10 (2010), Nissan GT-R (2009), Audi R8 (2008), Audi RS4 (2007) and the Porsche Cayman S (2006). The top three finalists for each award will be announced at the Geneva Motor Show on March 5, and the winners will be revealed on March 28. Continue reading 2013 World Car of the Year finalists announced 2013 World Car of the Year finalists announced originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 01 Feb 2013 18:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: Concept Cars , Convertible , Geneva Motor Show , Crossover , Hatchback , Toyota , Design/Style Automakers from around the globe are gearing up for the Geneva Motor Show next month, and Toyota is giving us a couple teasers of what will be in its display. In addition to what appears to be a single-seat concept called the i-Road (shown at right), Toyota will also give us our first look at a droptop Scion FR-S courtesy of the FT-86 Open Concept. All we have to go on right now is this sketch shown above, but we do see that this car will retain its rear seats, which could be a potential advantage over one of its key rivals, the Mazda MX-5 Miata . Toyota says that this concept will be used to gauge public interest in such a convertible, but we’ve already heard that a Scion convertible is already planned to go on sale as soon as early next year . As far as Toyota’s other concept, there also isn’t much information about the i-Road except that it will be a zero-emissions vehicle and it will have seating for two passengers, which based on the drawing will have the driver sitting in front of the passenger. Toyota will also show off the European version of the new RAV4 as well as its new Auris Touring Sports , which it refers to as a “medium-size estate.” Scroll down for Toyota’s tease of a press release. Continue reading Toyota announces Geneva plans including droptop FT-86 Open concept Toyota announces Geneva plans including droptop FT-86 Open concept originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 01 Feb 2013 11:25:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: Concept Cars , Hybrid , Geneva Motor Show , Hatchback , Toyota Most concepts you’ll see on the show stands of the Geneva Motor Show will come packing some manner of sci-fi powertrain and ultra-expensive chassis and body materials. That’s where the Toyota FT-Bh concept stands apart. Toyota is calling it a “full hybrid city car study,” so the FT-Bh isn’t destined for production. However, Toyota’s goal was to create an inexpensive, fuel efficient urban runabout that doesn’t rely on expensive materials or complex manufacturing, but rather uses existing technology to make an affordable hybrid for the masses – something that would be perfect for Europe. Thing is, Toyota is bringing just that to Geneva in mass-market form. Joining the FT-Bh on stage is the production version of the Yaris Hybrid, which for all intents and purposes is exactly what the FT-Bh is: an inexpensive, small hybrid based off an existing platform and using tried-and-true technology. Packing a 1.5-liter gasoline engine mated with an electric motor, the Yaris Hybrid outputs 98 horsepower and is some 20% lighter than the Auris Hybrid. Toyota is calling it “Europe’s first full hybrid supermini,” which begs the question: Where’s the line between a “supermini” and a “city car?” We’ll find out when we’re on the floor in Switzerland next month. Get all the details on Toyota’s Geneva plans in the press blast after the break . Continue reading Toyota teases FT-Bh concept hybrid city car ahead of Geneva Toyota teases FT-Bh concept hybrid city car ahead of Geneva originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 10 Feb 2012 14:29:00 EST.
Filed under: Concept Cars , Frankfurt Motor Show , Coupe , Toyota , Design/Style Believe it or not, we’ve now seen the Toyota FT-86 in some form or another on five different occasions now – and it’s still a concept. The original car was unveiled at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show , we saw the FT-86 II this year at the Geneva Motor Show , along with the chassis and powertrain of its Subaru counterpart , we then saw the Scion interpretation at the New York Auto Show , and finally, a slightly revised version of the car is on display here in Frankfurt . Can we please just drive the thing already? By the time it gets to market, it’s going to arrive with a mid-cycle refresh! Toyota says that the car on display here at the Frankfurt Messe is “lighter, faster and sportier” than the concept cars that came before it, but aside from the new orange paint job, the only noticeable difference we can see are a pair of red Brembo brake calipers behind those alloy wheels. Nifty. Still, we never turn down a chance to eyeball the FT-86, and we encourage you to do the same in our attached high-res image gallery. Toyota shows off FT-86 II concept… again originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 14 Sep 2011 11:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink