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.
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TOYOTA AT THE 2013 GENEVA MOTOR SHOW
  • World premiere of FT-86 Open concept
  • World premiere of Toyota i-Road concept
  • First appearance of production-ready Auris Touring Sports
  • First European motor show appearance of the new RAV4
Toyota will take the wraps off two contrasting new concepts at the Geneva motor show and also pave the way for two new model introductions that will strengthen its European model range in the coming months.

The FT-86 Open and Toyota i-Road concepts will be sharing the spotlight with the new, British-built Auris Touring Sports and the fourth-generation RAV4 compact SUV.

FT-86 Open concept
The Toyota FT-86 Open concept previews a possible future development of the award-winning GT86 sports coupe. The show car will help Toyota gauge public reaction to the idea, at the same time as it carries out engineering tests on a prototype.

Toyota i-Road
The Toyota i-Road has been conceived as a compact, fun and emissions-free personal mobility concept, designed to offer quick and efficient urban transport for two people.

Auris Touring Sports
Toyota will unveil the production-ready Auris Touring Sports at Geneva, having previewed the estate version of its Auris model at the Paris motor show last year. It will publish full specifications, dimensions and performance data for the new, British-built model, which will go on sale later this year.

Toyota intends Auris Touring Sports to become a new reference point in the market for medium-size estate cars, supported by its strong, contemporary styling, excellent luggage capacity and unique-in-segment full hybrid powertrain option.

The model's debut will be supported by the presentation of a special design study, the Auris Touring Sports Black.

RAV4
The fourth generation RAV4 will be appearing at a European motor show for the first time, coinciding with its market launch in Europe. The new model builds on its pioneering heritage, putting a greater emphasis on the qualities demanded by the modern families that are at the heart of its target market, without sacrificing its core values.

The new model offers distinctive styling, a high quality interior, greater efficiency and improvements to its all-wheel drive system that help deliver a more engaging drive.

RAV4's debut will be supported by two special design studies, the RAV4 Premium and RAV4 Adventure.

Press conference
Toyota will host a press conference on Stand 4.111 at 1pm on Tuesday, 5 March.


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      Andre Neves
      • 1 Year Ago
      Now here's the challenge: Keep body's rigidity as close to the coupe as possible while keeping weight down. If you could do this, you've got yourself a winner.
        Scooter
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andre Neves
        LOL... This isn't a track car, its a car for people that "think" they know cars. Its a kiddie racer to drag against Camrys at stop lights and nothing else.
          m_2012
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Scooter
          Time for your meds. You obviously, by accident, stumbled upon a car site since you know nothing about cars. Are all the professionals that tested this car wrong? I guess you are going to say the Tesla is a pile of crap too?
          Scooter
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Scooter
          Oh no, the Tesla is amazing fast and looks great.
        jase.s
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andre Neves
        The lead project engineer for the FT86 (I can't remember his name) stated that the car was initially designed with a convertible model in mind. This meant that the cars rigidity isn't dependent on the coupes roof.
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      John Switzer
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why not a two door Camry, V8, RWD car, just like dem NASCAR guys drive?
      rams2973
      • 1 Year Ago
      Toyota needs to bring back the Celica and Supra !!! Oh and my favorite The MR2 !!!
        Mantis
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rams2973
        Man you aren't kidding... I love my Celica and hope for a new one to come someday!
      ferps
      • 1 Year Ago
      While they are adding weight and getting rid of the roof, they should give it a hybrid engine and CVT transmission too.
        mrpinto
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ferps
        Dude, they're not making you buy it. Some people live in places with good weather and as a result aren't as joyless as yourself...
        m_2012
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ferps
        The car was designed as a convertible in the first place. The weight will be minimal with no hybrid or CVT. It may pickup KERS.
      Scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would like to see a Camry V6 Coupe instead. Something sexy like the Honda Accord Coupe. Maybe a strong 3.5L with a nice big ass.
      flammablewater
      • 1 Year Ago
      So we get a heavier and less stiff 86 convertible, but they weren't willing to make a hatchback version for those exact reasons... thanks Toyota.
        F_Monk
        • 1 Year Ago
        @flammablewater
        Thanks indeed! Besides the Miata, who else is making an honest to Yahweh affordable sports car in the traditional sense? Yep, no one. They've brought back a sadly forgotten market segment with competitors already planning their own entries. This is a good thing, my friend.
          graphikzking
          • 1 Year Ago
          @F_Monk
          I still can't believe Nissan abandoned this market segment. When I bought my 250z roadster in 2004 or 2005 (It was a 2005 model year but can't remember which year) it was $38,125 fully loaded with navigation, heated leather seats, HID headlights, 18" alloy wheels etc etc. Now the base 370z roadster is OVER $40,000. Seems like Nissan pushed the GTR and 350z (370z) way upprice. In 2005 you could get a 350z roadster base (enthusiast model) for $32,500 sticker but actual price was under $30,000. Seems like they are ripe for a 240z. $22,500 put a 4 cylinder from Altima (190hp). $25,900 put a turbo 4 cylinder with like 240hp. Then for $25,900 base convertible and finally turbo convert for $28,900. I like that Toyota and Subaru are coming out with more variants. I hope they make money on them so other mfg's make similar cars and push competition. Anyone else want to see a BRZ vs FT86 vs Scirocco vs 240z vs Newer lighter Genesis Coup vs Miata (or RX7 replacement) future????
          Tirac
          • 1 Year Ago
          @F_Monk
          Graph sounds like the car you want is already made its called the Hyundai Genesis
          graphikzking
          • 1 Year Ago
          @F_Monk
          350z roadster.. that was a typo obviously.
      Donny Hoover
      • 1 Year Ago
      Twenty year old girls rejoice! Now how about a targa top?
      nsxrules
      • 1 Year Ago
      A convertible version of the FRS sounds like a no brainer. I bet it would sell very well.
      porge125
      • 1 Year Ago
      fAR AS i AM CONCERNED , THEY CAN TAKE ALL THEIR FOREIGN CARS BACK TO THIER OWN COUYNTRIE
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