Despite what detractors have said about Toyota president Akio Toyoda being too distraught about the recalls, the opposite is true. In fact, Toyoda is busy working on plans to revive one of the vehicles that had attracted a huge global fanbase in the past. In the Autocar report, Toyota is believed to have approved the development of a new Supra.
But Toyoda clarified that it doesn't necessarily mean that the car is certain to hit the roads, as the project has yet to get the green light from other company decision makers.
Toyoda said that he seeks for tests to be conducted on the next Supra very soon but he clarified that just because he had this wish, it doesn't mean that the whole company will respond to that request.
According to media reports, Supra, along with a new generation of the MR2 compact sports car, will be launched in 2013-2014. The models will be available as hybrid vehicles.
Powering the Supra is a powertrain that combines electric power with a V6 powerplant, similar to the ones present on the 2007 FT-HS (Future Toyota Hybrid Sport) concept on which the car is based. The MR-2 will have a hybrid powertrain that uses a 1.5 liter petrol unit.