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Toyota to Revive MR2 as Prius Coupe

 Toyota to Revive MR2 as Prius Coupe
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Two years ago Toyota unveiled the FT-HS Concept car at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Powered by a 3.5-litre V6 hybrid engine, the FT-HS pointed towards an enviro-friendly sports car future. Thereafter the car went around the world appearing in other auto shows. Then things went quiet. Until now.

Auto Express says it has the inside line on the FT-HS. They report that Toyota is developing it into a production model that will represent all that is good about sports cars and all that is good for the environment using a modified Prius powertrain. It will be aerodynamically advanced to help handling and keep fuel bills low as well as pack a long list of technological innovations.

The car would be badged as an MR2 to revive the name of that funky little Toyota sports car. It will be a coupe with a rear-wheel-drive setup and a paddleshift gearbox. A Toyota executive said the company would work to achieve a low price point which is speculated at around £20,000 (about US$24,400) for the MR2.

In terms of performance it may do the 0 - 60mph time in about 7 seconds while emitting less than 100g/km of C02.

 

Source: autoexpress
Published Mar 19, 2009 9:00 am By Thami Masemola

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Comments (9)

 pscs pscs
why have japanese car makers make L-shaped headlights??? ...and korean manufacturers will soon follow.
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March 20, 2009 11:54 am
 BDSawicki BDSawicki
Just do it Toyota! @mc959: I do hope things will change with the new president!
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March 20, 2009 10:44 am
 astroturf777 astroturf777
putting shoelaces on a pair of thongs doesn't make them shoes - putting the word 'sport' in front of a post 2000 toyota doesn't make it a sportscar... read again 'may do the 0 - 60mph time in about 7 seconds' so what?? the prius is a feel good celeb icon that is produced by slave labor from toxic components refined in 3rd world countries not signed on to any emission treaties. a true green car has a green PRODUCTION not lifespn. Anyone else researched the environmental impact of lithium production for the battery cells??
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March 19, 2009 11:20 pm
 adz612 adz612
2 words Toyota. Don't bother!
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March 19, 2009 3:56 pm
 Joe_Limon Joe_Limon
MR2=Prius Coupe? wow, I don't see it... then again the two car's will probably share as much design language as the genesis coupe/sedan.
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March 19, 2009 3:31 pm
 politz politz
A Prius Coupe? Yawn. You see, the only possible way of Toyota building an affordable sports car these days is in the guise of a 'green' coupe. A new Paseo, Celica or MR2 would appeal to the young crowd, which would lead to customized versions, which would lead to more reported problems, which would lead to a less dependable image of the brand as a whole. And you know, dependability is what Toyota is all about these days.
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March 19, 2009 3:04 pm
 mc959 mc959
Told ya, things will change with Toyota's new president, he like sportcars and he was head of the developing team from the IS-F and the LF-A. We'll gonna see a lot of good things in the futur too...
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March 19, 2009 2:43 pm
 Bristol411S3 Bristol411S3
I think there is a market for this kind of car. Isn't Honda doing something similar with the CRX?
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March 19, 2009 1:09 pm