Akio Toyoda, head of Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Co., says he would like to see a new Toyota Supra hit the market. Seen in 2007 as the FT-HS concept at the the Detroit Motor Show, the fifth-generation Supra would be the first in showrooms since the Mark IV was cancelled in 2002.
Toyoda used to test drive the fourth-gen Supra on the Nurburgring, and the idea of developing a better version became a pet project for the company chief. Speculation suggests the car would use a hybrid powertrain involving a V6 engine.
But not everyone in the company is inline with Toyoda's wishes. Since the company is already preparing a replacement to the MR-2, and the FT-86 sports car is an advanced development stages with Subaru, some may not see the need for a Supra release anytime soon.
Though Toyoda says he "wants to see the next Supra tested in the near future," he acknowledges that even if he wants the car to be released "the whole company is not going to be responding to that request," according to a published interview.