New Toyota Supra Approved by Company CEO

Some people might believe that Akio Toyoda, Toyoda’s president, is filling all his time with crying over spilt recalls. But that is false. The top Toyota man is making efforts that would allow the company to move one. And what better initiatives could he be working on, if not resurrecting one of the vehicles that have gathered a huge worldwide fanbase in the past?

Toyoda has given the green light to the development of a new Supra, as autocar reports. However, the executive stressed the fact that this doesn’t necessarily mean that the car will reach the roads, as the project might be killed by other company decision makers.

Toyoda said that he “wants to see the next Supra tested in the near future” but underlined that “even if one president says that we want to have a Supra again, the whole company is not going to be responding to that request”.

Various media reports show that the new Supra, together with a fresh generation of the MR2 compact sports car, will be launched in 2013-2014. Both model will be offered as hybrid vehicles. The Supra is expected to be powered by a powertrain that mixes electric power with a V6 powerplant, just like the one present on the 2007 FT-HS (Future Toyota Hybrid Sport) concept on which the car is based. The MR-2 will have a hybrid powertrain that uses a 1.5 liter petrol unit.

The development of the Supra is running alongside the FT-86 project (the delayed sports car co-developed by Toyota and Subaru).
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