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Toyota FT-86 concept gets a family-style welcome

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Toyota FT-86 Sports Concept - click above for high-res image gallery

Toyota Motor Co. president Akio Toyoda has stressed that his family's company must work to create more emotionally engaging products as part of its bid to reinvent its now-battered image. Central to that effort will be the production version of its well-received FT-86 Sports Concept, the two-door rear-driver that made its European debut at this week's Geneva Motor Show, where it drew quite a crowd.

Toyota now appears to be pushing its brand's enthusiast heritage, something it hasn't truly done with fresh products in some time - at least not outside of its Lexus brand. In any case, the Japanese automaker has just released a series of new photos, including a family portrait of sorts that places the FT-86 in the context of the Corolla AE86 (its most obvious spiritual predecessor) as well as the Celica and Supra. Although the press release available after the jump pays lip service to the MR2, none is pictured.

While there is no substantive new information about a production timetable for the comely coupe, Toyota has released a series of images of the FT-86 that are certainly worth perusing. You can check them out below while you're waiting for more info about the car's future.



[source: Toyota]

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I realize the Corolla AE86 was important for them - but it's like GM putting a picture of the Fiero up to get people excited. A few will get it, most will not.

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It's all they have though ;) They can't put generations of Charger or Corvette together because they don't have many exciting cars in their history. Surpa's awesome though.

I still don't really like the front end of it. Hopefully either Toyota or a aftermarket manufacture will make a front end close to the FT-86 G. That car's cleaner front end made all the difference for this car.

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As far as sporty Toyotas go, I liked the 1st, 2nd and last gen Supras, and the early-mid '80s Celicas, esp. the hatchbacks..before they went FWD.

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