• Aug 10, 2010
We see plenty of rumors crop up on the interwebs, but we've rarely wanted any of them to come true as badly as this particular juicy morsel. The crew at Autocar reports that Toyota wants to build a new model to honor its former chief test driver, Hiromu Naruse. Naruse recently passed away in an a collision while testing the Lexus LFA at the Nürburgring. If the whispers are true, the car won't be a badge-job for the Camry. According to reports, Naruse always wanted to see Toyota produce an inexpensive, rear-wheel drive coupe that was affordable enough for the little guys of the world to be able to hop into the driver's seat.

If you're thinking there's no way that Toyota will suddenly jump into the small rear-wheel drive market with not one, but two new products, think again. Autocar reports that the inexpensive two-door will slot below the sexy FT-86 and will be based off of the GRMN Aigo Hot Hatch Concept we saw at this year's Tokyo Auto Salon. That particular concept got its grunt from a Daihatsu 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine. More importantly, it rocked a double-wishbone rear suspension and swapped its front-wheel drive layout for a rear-driven arrangement. If the rumors are to be believed, we could see the car in 2012, just slightly ahead of the FT-86.

[Source: Autocar]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Toyota made cars that were FUN to drive? Wow, must have been before my day.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was being sarcastic meaning its been soooo long since Toyota has had a true sports car - granted the ISF is great car, but not really marketed to the masses nor a true sports car. The LFA - even further from something the average Joe will ever see let alone own.



        • 4 Years Ago
        @Barnett

        Are you trying that hard to be a cv*t or are you really 12 years old?

        regards,

        Hashiryu.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love RWD, but you still can have a ton of fun with a FWD small hatch. Look at the GTi and Speed3.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The GTi is SOFT and become a chick car... the only GTi i care about is the R32.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Please do Toyota.

      Toyota Naruse / Toyota Hiromu / Scion hN (?) subcompact RWD hot hatch! That would be SO fun to drive. DO IT.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If they go through with this, it would totally change my opinion of Toyota as a company.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A RWD subcompact? Yes, sounds good to me.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Don't get me wrong, it's a nice idea, but will it work? Would someone want to spend copious amounts of money on a 'hot hatch' like this? When all is said and done it won't be much less then the FT-86.

      Renault Clio, and it's only success is with the FF, the mid rear wheel is an after thought. Simply put, it didn't turn out well...Nissan isn't even thinking about bringing it to North America, but rather used the same platform for the Cube.

      Toyota needs to focus on actually delivering the FT-86 before dreaming of new ideas, anything else is a mere publicity stunt.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'd be interested in plunking down some cash on one if it's done right. And I'm not sure what your definition of "copious amounts of money" is, but Naruse said his target selling price was 1.5mil yen (~17k USD straight conversion). The FT-86 is said to run in the mid-25k range USD, so I would expect there to be a decent price gap so as one wouldn't steal sales from the other.

        Toyota is focusing on delivering the 86, but it can't stop all other things in the process. Multiple projects have to run concurrently, or it would take even longer for vehicles to make it to production.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "double-wishbone rear suspension" drool.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Middle Way: can you list cars that came standard with double wish suspensions in the 90's? There were some Honda/Accura models... care to name which ones you are referring to?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Clavius.

        I cannot upvote that enough.

        No frills roadgoing car. I don't need bluetooth. I don't need climate control. I don't need electric seats.

        Give me simplicity, RWD, lightweight, hatchback.

        PLEASE, TOYOTA.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The sad thing here is that double wishbone rears came standard in the 90's..

        Oh hell, i'm not complaining though. RWD Toyota hatch is the thing of dreams. I'd take one, i don't care what engine.. as long as it's fuel efficient and someone makes a turbo for it ;)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Cool.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Do it Toyota.


      • 4 Years Ago
      so this sounds like the perfect car
      simple, affordable and rear wheel drive

      if toyota cannot find a way to make this car, you will never see something else come up to fill this void
      this is it, the last hope
      • 4 Years Ago
      The timeline is too short. 1.5-2.5 years? I doubt it. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to see a rwd hatch from ToMoCo, but this story sounds like bunk.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Like the FT-86, I'll believe it when I see it, then see it again in concept form, then again in a different concept form a few years later, then again when it gets pushed back X number of years, then again when Toyota says they haven't settled on a production design.

      Just kidding. I hope Toyota actually builds these cars sooner rather than later. I'm just getting tired of these great ideas never coming to fruition. Well, purchasable fruition, anyway.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Same thing was going on with the LFA develpment no ?


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