• Jul 8, 2009
As recently as February, the Toyota/Subaru sports car was declared dead, a week later it was back on, a few weeks after that there were rumblings that it would be at this year's Tokyo Motor Show. Japan's Best Car magazine is apparently reporting that the little car will definitely be revealed in Japan. The news makes some sense, as this year's show will be well down on foreign automaker participation, so it's reasonable that local makers will want to take advantage of the dedicated attention to their wares.
Assuming the Toyobaru does show up, it will supposedly sit alongside the production Lexus LF-A and the hybrid 2011 Toyota Supra concept. Now if we could just make sure there's a new NSX there...

[Source: 4WheelsNews | Image: Best Car]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      light weight + low price + turbo boxer engine + RWD (or AWD) = success
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like a cross between a 599, and a C6 Corvette, which is a good thing.

      I really hope they bring this car to market, Toyota needs some interesting cars back in their line up!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice design.

      It would be interesting to see a newly designed fuel efficient, eco-smart, and advance sports coupe in Toyota’s line up-product mix.

      Lately, I’ve been seeing a few Nissan 350-370 Zs on the road.

      I’m curious to see if Toyota will produced new advance motorcycles under new management also.

      Hmmm…very interesting.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I really hope this car makes it. I am currently looking for an inexpensive, reliable fun RWD car, which leaves me with the RX8 (weird looking) and a used 240sx (over priced and most are modified) I'll wait for this if it comes out at Tokyo...

      Also, what's wrong with mimicking the 599, one of the most beautiful cars on the road?
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ serge..

        on the high horse today eh? every car company steals something in design...not that it won't matter in 20 years..all cars will officially look the same.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I guess when you can't come up with anything on your own... taking credit and making money off other people's ideas is OK...

        I personally don't think it's OK for car companies to purposely make their cars look like much more expensive cars from other companies... not that anyone will ever confuse or cross-shop a Toyota and a Ferrari. However, it's still wrong.

        Out of all Asian car manufacturers, I give Nissan credit for finally getting away from just copying styling and coming up with their own Japanese style that is clearly different. The rest should follow!
      • 5 Years Ago
      really, I thought it looked kinda like the hyundai coupe/ G35 infiniti - need eyes checked.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is this going to be another hyped-up car that disappears from the spotlight after a few months (Hyundai Genesis Coupe)?
        • 5 Years Ago
        uhm...

        those things are selling faster than your mom
      • 5 Years Ago
      So long as it still gets good gas mileage like the old Corolla.
        • 5 Years Ago
        it sounds like its not going to be a honda style rev monster, decent torque at low rpm is no longer optional in the age of potential $5 a gallon gas

        neither is a mega overdrive 6th speed cruising gear

        • 5 Years Ago
        Between the boxer engine, low platform target weight, the move towards rwd, and the use direct injection, I'd be expecting highway mpg around 30. Nothing to write home about, but not bad. I'll be all smiles if it turns out better than that.
      Stop
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is that a bastard child of a Genesis Coupe with 599?
      • 5 Years Ago
      There have been more than 5 different concepts for this car that are probably not even drawn by Toyota or Subaru. Stop speculating and talking about how each one of them is a ripoff.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I really do want this car to come to life. Even if only to have something new and sporty on the road to look at. Plus if it helps those 2 companies sell more and get some market share back all the better.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I want it to be real too, so that all the pennies I've been saving can actually be used for something.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looking forward to this well priced 599 "rip off".....Can't wait!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am not really all that excited about the Toyota version for some reason... I don't mean to be a brand whore, but I just hate Toyota... Subaru just sounds more exciting.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think it's going to be a joint effort to build one car. Not a Pontiac Vibe/Toyota Matrix kind of thing. I could be wrong though.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If Toyota could go back to what they were 10-20 years ago, a lot of us would love them again. Kinda annoying when you think that this is the company that used to make Supras, MR2, Nice Celica's (last gen is horrible).

        If they can release one good looking FR sports car, jointly made with Subaru or not, it will be a winner.
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