• Oct 26th 2009 at 10:28AM
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Although the Toyota FT-86, freshly unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show, is billed strictly as a concept car, we're fully expecting the rear-wheel-drive coupe to foreshadow a new production car from Toyota. The question on everyone's lips, then, is what Toyota will call the final version when it hits the market.

Some reports are indicating that Toyota will revive the Celica nameplate, a name which still carries a certain following among Japanese sportscar fans even though it hasn't been used in four years. Other reports are suggest that when the production FT-86 reaches American shores, it will act as a replacement for the current Scion tC. Both the models, in their last iterations, were front-drive models, but that may not be a factor in determining the vehicle's name.

So which is true? Only time will tell, but both reports could ultimately prove accurate. Even if Toyota does decide to badge the FT-86 a Scion, the youth-oriented brand is only active in the North American market, meaning that the Japanese automaker will still need another name for use in its domestic market and others overseas. Which name would appeal to you more? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

[Sources: Autocar and The Detroit Bureau]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm too old and too rich to drive a scion. Please keep it a toyota please.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think Celica would be a better choice than calling a Scion TC. I don't know, the Celica name makes more sense because it does seem like an evolution of the old one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Uh...Celica for sure!
      • 5 Years Ago
      that is a CELICA
      and if subaru makes an STI version of it
      make Toyota's version a SUPRA
      the way it used to be!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'll also vote 'Celica.' Conceptually, it's closer to what the Celica was originally supposed to be. Levin/Trueno has much less name recognition, and have always been attached to the Corolla nameplate. If it gets the Scion treatment for the US, but a historic Toyota name elsewhere, I think there will be a brisk business in rebadge kits.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Debating the name? Obviously, Celica. End of debate!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't care what it's called as long as they don't put Scion badge on it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I want to see a Toyota Badge on this car. Scion doesn't seem right. They should build a boxy car and badge as Scion, but not this one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      CELICA!! Bring back the Celica name-plante Toyota. There has never been a rear-wheel drive Scion TC, therefore this is much more like the Original Celica. Everyone has heard of Celica for several generations. Celica is an icon.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bring it out as a Celica. The name has history. Few people take Scion seriously. Just as long as Toyota understands that this is a sports machine and demands a 6spd manual. They should take some of that Corolla money they have and toss out and AWD model while they're at it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The celica has history behind it. Which is why this should be called a celica. To keep that legacy going.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Celica all the way. A Scion would either a) be de-contented and limit it's market, or b) a really expensive Scion. Plus, the current tC is a good car for what it is: a sporty looking car that's inexpensive & safe.

      Although I'm biased - I still consider my '82 Celica (ST RWD with 5-speed) the best car I've ever owned, and I currently have an IS350. Let's call it nostalgia. To bad it rusted to bits, otherwise I may still be driving it...
        • 5 Years Ago
        I had an '82 GT with the 4sp automatic, but DAMN that was a fun little car. In that aspect I'm partial to the Celica nameplate, but honestly don't care as long as they actually bring it here.
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