Toyota officially unveiled its hotly anticipated FT-1 sports car concept Monday at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. This front engine, rear-wheel-drive concept car represents a pinnacle of sorts in Toyota USA's recent shift back to a bolder and more sporty brand image that started with Scion, progressed with the FR-S/FT-86 sports car, and is culminating in the FT-1. This car is widely thought to be the successor to the legendary Supra, and builds upon Toyota's rich sports coupe heritage dating back to the Sports-800, 2000GT, Celica, Supra, MR2, and FR-S.
The 43rd annual 2013 Tokyo Motor Show will be held this year from November 20th to December 1st and naturally, Toyota will be a big player at their hometown auto show. This year, they are primed to impress in a big way with five world-premier concept vehicles. Under the slogan "Fun to Drive, Again", these concept vehicles will show the company's future vision to bring the joy back into driving a Toyota. The concepts include a groundbreaking next-generation fuel-cell vehicle, a compact sports hybrid vehicle, and the "FT-86 Open concept", which is a convertible version of the popular rear-wheel drive Scion FR-S (known as the FT-86 outside of the US).
Not too long ago, the automotive industry experienced a major shakeup when a wave of new hybrid vehicles hit the market, headlined by the popular Toyota Prius. These gas-electric hybrid vehicles offered drivers the chance to cut down significantly on gas expenditures and reduced the amount of CO2 emissions -- in other words, a real win-win for consumers and the environment alike.