Toyota showed off the new FT-1 performance concept at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show today, and the obvious story angle is that this is the new Supra. That's enough weight for most concept cars to carry, but then we thought about it a bit more - FT-1 stands for "Future Toyota 1," after all - and re-read the hints Toyota is dropping about how the FT-1 fits into the company's future. Put all the pieces together, and we think there's a chance Toyota's hybrid models are about to get a whole lot cooler.
The Acura NSX is likely the hottest car to ever come racing out of Honda's often-staid bullpen, so news that its successor might be a hybrid has raised red flags with some enthusiasts. After all, Honda's hybrid line up hasn't exactly set the world on fire. The Insight has received mediocre reviews and been called a poor alternative to the Toyota Prius (though things are looking up for 2012). The little CR-Z has neither impressed enthusiasts looking for a replacement for the tossable CRX Si nor p
Over at eGMCarTech they are reporting that when Nissan does finally begin selling a hybrid based on their own internally developed technology, there will be a luxury sedan in the mix. Nissan has already announced they will sell a natively designed hybrid in 2010. Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn has also made clear that he is not a fan of hybrids. Given the complexity and development effort required, diesel engines can get comparable efficiency for less money. So it appears that instead of a Priu