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Toyota Motor North America Reports U.S. Sales for May 2017

  • Total TMNA, Toyota and Lexus divisions set May sales record light trucks
  • Toyota division SUVs up nearly 20 percent
  • Lexus NX sees new best-ever May, up 24.3 percent

PLANO, Texas, June 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) Inc., today reported its U.S. May 2017 sales of 218,248 units, a decrease of 0.5 percent from May 2016 on a volume basis. With one more selling day in May 2017 compared to May 2016, sales were down 4.5 percent on a daily selling rate (DSR) basis. 

Toyota division posted May 2017 sales of 192,847 units, up 0.1 percent on a volume basis, and down 3.9 percent on a DSR basis.   

"Although down from last year, the auto industry is still enjoying a solid year in 2017, with light trucks continuing to shine," said Jack Hollis, group vice president and general manager, Toyota division. "We continue to see the SUV segment leading the way, with a best-ever May for RAV4, Highlander, and overall light truck for the Toyota division, where inventory remains at healthy levels for our customers during the summer buying season. We are also thrilled at how well the market is accepting our newest model, the C-HR, with its first full month of sales in May, as our dealers have started to build some inventory. So far, we are seeing strong interest from a younger demographic for the C-HR, which is exciting."

Lexus posted sales of 25,401 vehicles in May 2017, down 4.8 percent on a volume basis, and down 8.6 percent on a DSR basis. 

"As we press further into 2017, Luxury Utility Vehicles continue to lead Lexus sales, with a best-ever May for the NX and our total LUV lineup," said Jeff Bracken, Lexus group vice president and general manager. "But continued interest in utility vehicles is not our only news—sales of the LC 500 and LC 500h kicked-off in May to a great start, exceeding our expectations and allowing our new LC owners to experience amazing." 

May 2017 Highlights:

  • Camry posts sales of 32,547 units
  • Total TMNA, Toyota, and Lexus divisions all post new May record for light truck sales
  • TMNA light trucks sales up 12.4 percent
  • Toyota division light truck up more than 13 percent
  • C-HR posts first full month of sales with 1,848 units
  • RAV4 sales rise nearly 19 percent; a best-ever May
  • Highlander up 22.5; a best-ever May
  • 4Runner up more than 6 percent
  • Tacoma up nearly 7 percent
  • Tundra up 9.6 percent
  • Lexus division LUV sales up 7.5 percent
  • NX sets new best-ever May, volume up 24.3 percent, and up 19.3 on DSR basis
  • LX up almost 38 percent on volume, and up 32.4 percent on a DSR basis

*Note:  Unless otherwise stated, all figures reflect unadjusted raw sales volume

TOYOTA  U.S. SALES SUMMARY

MAY 2017

 

-- CURRENT MONTH --

-- CALENDAR YEAR TO DATE --     

                 
 

2017

2016

DSR %

VOL %

2017

2016

DSR %

VOL %

TOTAL TOYOTA

218,248

219,339

-4.5

-0.5

952,785

999,545

-4.7

-4.7

TOTAL TOYOTA DIV

192,847

192,657

-3.9

0.1

843,423

873,760

-3.5

-3.5

TOTAL LEXUS

25,401

26,682

-8.6

-4.8

109,362

125,785

-13.1

-13.1

                 

YARIS IA (INCL SCI IA)

3,444

3,056

8.2

12.7

15,758

13,488

16.8

16.8

YARIS LIFTBACK

852

1,236

-33.8

-31.1

6,138

5,284

16.2

16.2

TOTAL YARIS

4,296

4,292

-3.9

0.1

21,896

18,772

16.6

16.6

iQ

0

1

-100

-100

0

5

-100

-100

xD

0

0

0

0

0

8

-100

-100

xB

0

135

-100

-100

0

2,553

-100

-100

tC

10

1,043

-99.1

-99

166

4,881

-96.6

-96.6

COROLLA IM (INCL SCI IM)

1,995

1,743

9.9

14.5

9,312

7,511

24

24

COROLLA SEDAN

30,942

34,872

-14.8

-11.3

136,164

151,243

-10

-10

TOTAL COROLLA

32,937

36,615

-13.6

-10

145,476

158,754

-8.4

-8.4

86 (INCL FR-S)

680

681

-4.1

-0.1

3,101

3,095

0.2

0.2

MIRAI

162

40

288.8

305

579

178

225.3

225.3

AVALON

2,872

3,779

-27

-24

14,215

20,013

-29

-29

PRIUS

10,022

12,517

-23.1

-19.9

46,364

56,378

-17.8

-17.8

CAMRY

32,547

36,916

-15.4

-11.8

147,434

167,200

-11.8

-11.8

TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. CAR

83,526

96,019

-16.5

-13

379,231

431,837

-12.2

-12.2

                 

CT

825

797

-0.6

3.5

3,311

3,730

-11.2

-11.2

IS

2,367

2,879

-21.1

-17.8

10,225

14,351

-28.8

-28.8

RC

517

823

-39.7

-37.2

2,600

4,505

-42.3

-42.3

ES

4,228

5,373

-24.5

-21.3

17,134

22,833

-25

-25

GS

615

1,111

-46.9

-44.6

2,907

6,101

-52.4

-52.4

LS

317

712

-57.3

-55.5

1,555

2,349

-33.8

-33.8

LC

419

0

0

0

419

0

0

0

LFA

0

0

0

0

0

5

-100

-100

TOTAL LEXUS CAR

9,288

11,695

-23.8

-20.6

38,151

53,874

-29.2

-29.2

TOTAL TOYOTA CAR

92,814

107,714

-17.3

-13.8

417,382

485,711

-14.1

-14.1

                 

SIENNA

10,434

11,485

-12.8

-9.2

46,696

56,809

-17.8

-17.8

C-HR

1,848

0

0

0

2,398

0

0

0

RAV4

38,356

32,261

14.1

18.9

150,646

138,535

8.7

8.7

FJ CRUISER

0

2

-100

-100

2

6

-66.7

-66.7

VENZA

0

31

-100

-100

11

503

-97.8

-97.8

HIGHLANDER

18,115

14,783

17.6

22.5

82,738

68,493

20.8

20.8

4RUNNER

11,014

10,352

2.1

6.4

53,098

46,058

15.3

15.3

SEQUOIA

964

1,126

-17.8

-14.4

5,349

5,303

0.9

0.9

LAND CRUISER

259

315

-21.1

-17.8

1,292

1,457

-11.3

-11.3

TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. SUV

70,556

58,870

15.1

19.9

295,534

260,355

13.5

13.5

                 

TACOMA

17,654

16,544

2.4

6.7

78,153

79,226

-1.4

-1.4

TUNDRA

10,677

9,739

5.2

9.6

43,809

45,533

-3.8

-3.8

TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. PICKUP

28,331

26,283

3.5

7.8

121,962

124,759

-2.2

-2.2

TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. TRUCK

109,321

96,638

8.6

13.1

464,192

441,923

5

5

                 

NX

5,009

4,031

19.3

24.3

21,426

19,221

11.5

11.5

RX

8,849

8,804

-3.5

0.5

38,329

41,367

-7.3

-7.3

GX

1,851

1,859

-4.4

-0.4

9,157

9,052

1.2

1.2

LX

404

293

32.4

37.9

2,299

2,271

1.2

1.2

TOTAL LEXUS TRUCK

16,113

14,987

3.2

7.5

71,211

71,911

-1

-1

TOTAL TOYOTA TRUCK

125,434

111,625

7.9

12.4

535,403

513,834

4.2

4.2

Selling Days

25

24

   

126

126

   

DSR = Daily Selling Rate

               
   

*NA Built Vehicles 

TOYOTA  U.S. SALES SUMMARY

 

MAY, 2017

 

-- CURRENT MONTH --

-- CALENDAR YEAR TO DATE --

                 
 

2017

2016

DSR %

VOL %

2017

2016

DSR %

VOL %

COROLLA

30,942

34,872

-14.8

-11.3

136,164

151,243

-10

-10

CAMRY

32,547

36,916

-15.4

-11.8

147,434

167,200

-11.8

-11.8

AVALON

2,872

3,779

-27

-24

14,215

20,013

-29

-29

YARIS IA (INCL SCI IA)

3,444

3,056

8.2

12.7

15,758

13,488

16.8

16.8

RAV4

17,580

17,641

-4.3

-0.3

70,483

77,173

-8.7

-8.7

VENZA

0

31

-100

-100

11

501

-97.8

-97.8

HIGHLANDER

18,115

14,783

17.6

22.5

82,738

68,493

20.8

20.8

SIENNA

10,434

11,485

-12.8

-9.2

46,696

56,809

-17.8

-17.8

SEQUOIA

964

1,126

-17.8

-14.4

5,349

5,303

0.9

0.9

TACOMA

17,654

16,544

2.4

6.7

78,153

79,226

-1.4

-1.4

TUNDRA

10,677

9,739

5.2

9.6

43,809

45,533

-3.8

-3.8

ES

3,335

3,532

-9.4

-5.6

12,864

11,906

8

8

RX

8,301

8,550

-6.8

-2.9

35,626

38,814

-8.2

-8.2

                 

TOTAL

156,865

162,054

-7.1

-3.2

689,300

735,702

-6.3

-6.3

N.A VEHICLES % OF TOTAL

71.9%

73.9%

   

72.3%

73.6%

   
                 

TOYOTA DIV. IMPORT CAR

13,721

17,396

-24.3

-21.1

65,660

79,893

-17.8

-17.8

LEXUS IMPORT CAR

5,953

8,163

-30

-27.1

25,287

41,968

-39.7

-39.7

TOYOTA DIV NA BUILT CARS

69,805

78,623

-14.8

-11.2

313,571

351,944

-10.9

-10.9

LEXUS NA BUILT CARS

3,335

3,532

-9.4

-5.6

12,864

11,906

8

8

TOTAL TOYOTA CARS

92,814

107,714

-17.3

-13.8

417,382

485,711

-14.1

-14.1

                 

TOYOTA DIV. IMPORT TRUCK

33,897

25,289

28.7

34

136,953

108,885

25.8

25.8

LEXUS IMPORT TRUCK

7,812

6,437

16.5

21.4

35,585

33,097

7.5

7.5

TOYOTA DIV NA BUILT TRUCK

75,424

71,349

1.5

5.7

327,239

333,038

-1.7

-1.7

LEXUS NA BUILT TRUCK

8,301

8,550

-6.8

-2.9

35,626

38,814

-8.2

-8.2

TOTAL TOYOTA TRUCK

125,434

111,625

7.9

12.4

535,403

513,834

4.2

4.2

                 

SELLING DAYS

25

24

   

126

126

   

DSR = DAILY SELLING RATE

               
                 
 

-- Current Month --

 

-- Calendar Year To Date --  

 

2017

2016

DSR %

 

2017

2016

DSR %

 

Toyota Prius Sedan

6,064

9,389

-38

 

27,635

39,944

-30.8

 

Toyota Prius V(only)

929

1,215

-26.6

 

4,474

6,185

-27.7

 

Toyota Prius C(only)

1,121

1,909

-43.6

 

6,182

10,218

-39.5

 

Toyota Prius PRIME(only)

1,908

4

45692

 

8,073

31

25942

 

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

4,070

4,185

-6.6

 

17,061

15,527

9.9

 

 

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9 minutes ago, cp-the-nerd said:

It makes me nauseous seeing the Camry and Corolla selling over 30k every month while being near the bottom of their respective classes.

Same way some people buy only Ford or GM, others buy only Toyota.  Maybe because their previous two Toyota's while boring were bulletproof and they could care less if they don't handle well or have old engine.

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10 minutes ago, ykX said:

Same way some people buy only Ford or GM, others buy only Toyota.  Maybe because their previous two Toyota's while boring were bulletproof and they could care less if they don't handle well or have old engine.

Anywhere else in the world, the auto markets are heavily biased toward domestic brands. America should be no different. The sad thing is that even among Japanese brands, Toyota doesn't deserve the sales crown.

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Just now, cp-the-nerd said:

Anywhere else in the world, the auto markets are heavily biased toward domestic brands. America should be no different. The sad thing is that even among Japanese brands, Toyota doesn't deserve the sales crown.

Anywhere else in the world bias toward domestic brands created artificially by local governments taxing foreign automakers or subsidizing local ones.  US doesn't do that.  However, as a benefit most foreign automakers build their cars in US using US parts. In 2016 American-Made Index put Camry as number one, Accord as number two.  First US manufacturer car on that list is only in the six place with Chevy Traverse.

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50 minutes ago, cp-the-nerd said:

It makes me nauseous seeing the Camry and Corolla selling over 30k every month while being near the bottom of their respective classes.

Shows us how many Lemmings are out in Society as willing sheeple. 

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53 minutes ago, ykX said:

Anywhere else in the world bias toward domestic brands created artificially by local governments taxing foreign automakers or subsidizing local ones.  US doesn't do that.  However, as a benefit most foreign automakers build their cars in US using US parts. In 2016 American-Made Index put Camry as number one, Accord as number two.  First US manufacturer car on that list is only in the six place with Chevy Traverse.

The "American Made" index is a crock of sh*t. They don't take into account engineering and design as well as corporate headquarters location. When you factor in actual global economic benefits, the list of best cars to buy in the interest of America is DOMINATED by Ford and GM, with a fair amount of Chrysler as well.

Source:
http://kogodbusiness.com/reports/auto-index/

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1 minute ago, cp-the-nerd said:

The "American Made" index is a crock of sh*t. They don't take into account engineering and design as well as corporate headquarters location. When you factor in actual global economic benefits, the list of best cars to buy in the interest of America is DOMINATED by Ford and GM, with a fair amount of Chrysler as well.

Source:
http://kogodbusiness.com/reports/auto-index/

I agree that this is a better index to go by.  

So going by that index Camry is number eight, Accord is number five, Malibu is number four, Fusion is 39.  

So while top places are dominated by GM and Ford the most popular Toyota and Honda cars in top places as well.

 

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5 minutes ago, ykX said:

I agree that this is a better index to go by.  

So going by that index Camry is number eight, Accord is number five, Malibu is number four, Fusion is 39.  

So while top places are dominated by GM and Ford the most popular Toyota and Honda cars in top places as well.

 

The Accord is "#5" because they don't count ties as subsequent places. The Accord is behind 13 American cars:

Enclave
Traverse
Acadia
F150
Corvette
Equinox
Impala
Malibu
Malibu (prev. gen "classic")
Yukon
Escalade
Lacrosse
Tahoe/Suburban

And then the Camry is after, coincidentally, another 13 American cars. It's not close. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad automakers like Honda and Toyota create American jobs with their factories, I just have serious pet peeve about the "made in America" misnomer.

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Just now, cp-the-nerd said:

The Accord is "#5" because they don't count ties as subsequent places. The Accord is behind 13 American cars:

Enclave
Traverse
Acadia
F150
Corvette
Equinox
Impala
Malibu
Malibu (prev. gen "classic")
Yukon
Escalade
Lacrosse
Tahoe/Suburban

And then the Camry is after, coincidentally, another 13 American cars. It's not close. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad automakers like Honda and Toyota create American jobs with their factories, I just have serious pet peeve about the "made in America" misnomer.

Don't compare apples to oranges, I compared Accord,Camry to Malibu and Fusion.

 Also it is not 13 places, there are three cars in the first place with the same rating, eight cars in the fourth place with the same rating.  

The difference in rating between Malibu and Accord is 1.5% (82.5 vs 81).  If you gave an example might as well stick to it.

I also would like to add that if it would not be for the competition in the US market we would still be driving $h! boxes US automakers used to build not that long ago.

 

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4 minutes ago, ykX said:

Don't compare apples to oranges, I compared Accord,Camry to Malibu and Fusion.

 Also it is not 13 places, there are three cars in the first place with the same rating, eight cars in the fourth place with the same rating.  

The difference in rating between Malibu and Accord is 1.5% (82.5 vs 81).  If you gave an example might as well stick to it.

I also would like to add that if it would not be for the competition in the US market we would still be driving $h! boxes US automakers used to build not that long ago.

 

YOU started the "American Made" argument by pointing out Camry and Accord were number 1 and 2 overall with the first American car of any kind coming in at 6th. It's totally fair game for me to retort by pointing out how many American cars are actually better for the domestic economy.

And yes, I pointed out the tie system. Fact is, 13 cars are ahead of the Honda Accord in 4 grouped ties. Most scored lists would not call the Accord "5th place." If you tie someone for a gold medal in the olympics, the next place doesn't get silver, they get bronze. The Accord is 14th by normal metrics because 13 models scored better.

Now you want to say "yeah well, compare to midsize cars." Fine, both the current and previous gen Malibu are better for America.

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9 minutes ago, cp-the-nerd said:



Now you want to say "yeah well, compare to midsize cars." Fine, both the current and previous gen Malibu are better for America.

Yes, by a very low margin while Fusion is significantly worse then Camry and Accord going by the index which I admitted is better.

The whole argument started when you said that in other countries they tend to buy domestic cars more.  The situation is different due to government involvement and due to places of engineering and manufacturing.

Don't understand me wrong I am all for buying US made products, I am engineer and my livelihood depends on manufacturing and engineering staying in US, but Toyota and Honda invest a lot in the US and it is simply not fair to disregard that.

 

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14 minutes ago, ykX said:

Yes, by a very low margin while Fusion is significantly worse then Camry and Accord going by the index which I admitted is better.

The whole argument started when you said that in other countries they tend to buy domestic cars more.  The situation is different due to government involvement and due to places of engineering and manufacturing.

Don't understand me wrong I am all for buying US made products, I am engineer and my livelihood depends on manufacturing and engineering staying in US, but Toyota and Honda invest a lot in the US and it is simply not fair to disregard that.

 

Well neither of us have proof one way or another that foreign markets would naturally buy non-domestic brands in similar proportion to their own product. I would use the logic that people rooting for sports teams don't equally distribute among teams, they largely support local first, successful teams second, and the rest are down to random preferences. The D3 may have been "losers" for 20 years, but they've been a "winning team" for nearly the past decade.

And yes, the argument is about brands as a whole, so when domestics dominate the Kogod list, it's a relevant point. Camry and Accord are just smaller pieces of a bigger picture.

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The Camry is what ist is.  I never thought I would own one, but am now glad i did.  Is a barn burner?  Nope, the Bug does that just fine.  What is.....  Comfortable, roomy, excellent ride, feels m0ore solid at 85k miles than most domestics i have driven brand new.  , fuel mileage that puts the EPA ratings to shame (averaging mid 30s), and I have confidence in it, which is a rare thing for me.  On top of that, it is built right here in my home state and I know a number of people who work in the factory.  As for the fun to drive part, TNGA seems poised to make it one of the most engaging in the midsize arena. 

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On 6/1/2017 at 1:09 PM, cp-the-nerd said:

It makes me nauseous seeing the Camry and Corolla selling over 30k every month while being near the bottom of their respective classes.

Agreed...!

Supposedly the new 2018 Camry is better, but methinks it won't be as nice as a Malibu...

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      First New Supra in the U.S. in 21 Years First Global GR Model Developed by Toyota GAZOO Racing Design Inspired by Calty’s FT-1 Concept Two-Seat, Driver-Focused Cabin 335-HP Turbocharged Inline-Six-Cylinder Engine 8-Speed Transmission with Paddle Shifters Two Available Grades and Launch Edition Standard Active Differential and Adaptive Suspension DETROIT (Jan. 14, 2019) – In July 2018, in view of tens of thousands of spectators at England’s world-renowned Goodwood Festival of Speed, a low, long-hood sports car wearing full-body camouflage with mysterious “A90” markings blasted up the narrow, curvy hill-climb circuit. For Toyota enthusiasts, “A90” was the giveaway: the A40, A60, A70 and A80 that came before were Supras.
      The Toyota Supra was coming back!
      In January 2019, the fifth-generation GR Supra, the first global Toyota GAZOO Racing model, makes its undisguised world debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, ending years of anticipation and speculation among sports car enthusiasts around the world. Behind the new Supra is a 50+ year lineage of unique Toyota sports and GT cars. Ahead of it awaits the world’s great driving roads, some of which were used to develop this all-new expression of Toyota pure sports car performance.
      The 2020 Supra goes on sale in summer of 2019 and will be available in two grades – 3.0 and 3.0 Premium, as well as a Launch Edition which will be based on the 3.0 Premium grade. Driving enthusiasts can look forward to an exhilarating blend of power, precision and agility thanks to a rear-wheel drive design that honors Toyota sports car heritage with its low center of gravity and optimal weight balance. There is a strong connection to Toyota’s 1967 2000 GT and 1993-2002 Supra in both design and mechanical configuration.
      Yet, the 2020 Supra is a fully forward-looking sports car, brimming with a cutting-edge powertrain, chassis and multimedia technology. Like the pinnacle of the previous Supra series, the 2020 model will be powered by a turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine. The new Supra’s 3.0-liter twin-scroll turbo six will produce 335 hp and 365 lb-ft of torque and will be teamed with a quick-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Toyota projects 0-60 mph acceleration in 4.1 seconds, which makes this the quickest toyota-branded production vehicle to date.
      By defining specific performance and handling targets early in development, Toyota GAZOO Racing in Japan, with much input from Toyota Motor North America and Toyota Motor Europe, imbued the Supra with its own driving characteristics. While posting the kind of performance numbers that excite enthusiasts, the 2020 Supra will reward drivers of all skill levels with a thrilling sports car feel, even in everyday driving.
      Toyota President and Master Driver Akio Toyoda tested the Supra on the Nürburgring and other racing venues to give his personal feedback as a Master Driver to ensure this new model would exceed the expectations of Supra fans across the globe.
      Supra devotees have waited a long time for the next-generation model. They’ll find the 2020 Supra worth the wait.
      Shaped by Emotion … and Racing
      The 2020 Supra embodies its rich lineage at first glance, with a design that shows a particular kinship with the fourth-generation Supra built from 1993-2002, as well as the landmark 1967 Toyota 2000 GT. The resemblance is more than skin deep: the new-generation Supra also shares with those notable models the common traits of a short wheelbase, sophisticated chassis, and high-performance inline-six-cylinder engine.  
      Toyota offered a glimpse of the new Supra’s design theme in 2014 with the dramatic FT-1 concept car that emerged from Toyota’s Calty design center in California. Supra’s striking exterior design was inspired by the FT-1’s expressive form.
      Optimization of the FT-1 design onto the efficient, high-performance packaging of Supra was achieved by condensing the forms, reducing unnecessary elements and further enhancing the dynamic and powerful character. It focuses on core Supra attributes, such as its inline six-cylinder engine and rear drive layout, while enhancing other features, such as stretching the hood to highlight the engine, creating a taut, but spacious two-seat cabin that helps accentuate an ultra-wide stance. The result is a look unique to Supra internally referred to as “Condensed Extreme.”
      Functional by Design
      The Supra design delivers a 50:50 weight balance while optimizing front-to-rear aerodynamic balance. Toyota sports car heritage is evident throughout. The double-bubble roof design, for example, recalls the Toyota 2000 GT and it reduces drag by shaving the roof center to reduce the projected frontal area without sacrificing occupant headroom.
      The front fascia was inspired by the fourth-generation Supra, yet is even more expressive, with a prominent central grille section flanked by large air intakes. In the rear, the prominent, arching rear integrated spoiler, which helps to suppress aerodynamic lift, pays homage to the tall rear wing that was available on the fourth-gen Supra Turbo. The trapezoidal rear bumper shape conveys a dynamic sense of movement toward the tires.
      The six-lens LED headlights integrate both daytime running lamps and turn signal functions to create a distinctive lighting signature for the new Supra. The rear combination lamps feature a simple structure with the turn, tail, and stop functions integrated into the distinctive main ring shape. The backup lamps are LEDs located in the center of the lower bumper.
      Details Matter
      Expressive colors accentuate the emotional connection drivers feel with a high-performance sports car, which is why the 2020 Supra’s paint palette will include bold Renaissance Red 2.0, Nitro Yellow and Downshift Blue. The available Phantom Matte Gray adds a sense of drama to the Supra’s tautly curved surfaces by combining a matte finish and a hint of blue to create a metal-like texture.

      Other available colors include Absolute Zero White, Tungsten Silver, Turbulence Gray and Nocturnal Black.

      Fun fact: In the new version of the famous Supra logotype, the “S” was inspired by a racetrack s-bend.
      Cockpit Concept: Wrapping the Driver
      The 2020 Supra cockpit deftly blends traditional GT elements with ultra-modern functionality. The low, narrow-section dash gives the driver expansive forward visibility, ideal for precisely placing the car in corners.
      A high-definition color display forms the instrument panel, projecting a large-diameter, three-dimensional meter dial that seems to float over it. The single-meter design consolidates information necessary for performance driving, such as the tachometer and shift-timing indicator, enabling the driver to easily focus on critical control information through the small-diameter steering wheel.
      The display’s easy-to-read layout puts multimedia information, including audio and available navigation, on the right side. An available full-color Head-Up Display projects vital driving and navigation information ahead of the driver.
      Toyota designers took a fresh approach to designing the center console, giving it an asymmetrical shape that tightly envelops the driver, with a padded pillar that serves as a right leg bolster. The passenger’s side of the console, meanwhile, is open for a roomy feel, yet also features kneepads for bolstering in corners.

      The center console tightly groups controls for sports driving. The climate control panel protrudes from the center dash, easing operation without averting eyes from the road.
      Racing-Inspired Seats
      Toyota designed the 2020 Supra to be both an everyday sports car and an occasional track car. To that end, its sport seats, featuring integrated head restraints, were inspired by racing. The seats use a narrow main section combined with the shoulder bolsters to firmly hold the driver and passenger. The 3.0 Premium grade will feature heated, leather-trimmed seats, while the 3.0 will come with Alcantara power seats with memory.
      Supra’s smartly trimmed luggage area, accessed via a lightweight composite hatch, offers capacity for two people to pack for a weekend getaway. The compartment is shaped to accommodate long items, such as a track day toolkit.
       
      The 2020 Supra Performance Story
      The 2020 Supra will feature a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six that will produce 335 hp and 365 lb-ft of torque. The torque comes on strong from very low engine speeds, thanks to a combination of a twin-scroll turbocharger, direct fuel injection and continuously variable timing on both the intake and exhaust camshafts. Engine response is further enhanced thanks to the inline six’s variable intake valve lift system that adjusts intake valve timing and duration.  
      The 8-speed automatic transmission delivers quick up- and downshifts and features paddle shifters for manual control when desired. Short ratios for the lower gears and a Launch Control function enable powerful acceleration with maximum traction. Toyota estimates 0-60 mph acceleration in 4.1 seconds. Top track speed will be electronically limited to 155 mph.
      The 2020 Supra will offer two driving modes, Normal and Sport. Sport Mode provides track-driving capability by reducing intervention of the traction and stability control functions as well as sharpening throttle response, increasing steering weight, improving transmission shift crispness, more aggressive active differential tuning and amplifying exhaust sound.
      For performance driving enthusiasts, the Supra will have an active differential that uses an electric motor and multi-plate clutches to control lateral torque. The active differential precisely controls torque distribution between the rear wheels, with stepless variable locking from 0-100 percent. The differential can control torque distribution between the rear wheels when cornering under both acceleration and braking, enabling greater momentum through a corner. The active differential is also effective at ensuring neutral handling by reducing both understeer and oversteer.
      Chassis: Lessons from the Track 
      Toyota GAZOO Racing had a specific vision when developing Supra. High structural rigidity, a low center of gravity and 50:50 weight distribution were paramount to Toyota’s goal of achieving neutral cornering balance. For example, Toyota identified nine areas of the vehicle’s rear structure to be reinforced to increase rigidity.
      Toyota also specified spring and shock absorber tuning for the new double-joint spring strut front suspension and multi-link rear suspension. Likewise, Toyota set specific parameters for the Supra’s stability control system performance.
      The front suspension subframe and control arm mounting points are extremely rigid to yield precise cornering characteristics. Aluminum control arms reduce unsprung weight, resulting in superior agility and efficiency. High-performance wheel hubs feature increased stiffness and optimized kinematics. For precise handling, Supra features a variable assist and variable ratio sport-tuned electric power steering.
      The multi-link rear suspension with a five-arm construction consists of lightweight aluminum to reduce weight while steel is employed in key areas for added strength and durability. The rigid rear subframe, and the bracing that connects it to the body structure, helps ensure extremely precise wheel control. Supra will come standard with 19-inch forged alloy wheels. The rear wheels and tires are wider than on the front (rear tires: 275/35R19; front tires: 255/35R19) to enhance grip, and performance Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires are fitted. Brakes are large at all four corners, highlighted by 13.7-in. front rotors held by 4-piston Brembo calipers. 
      Standard on all Supras is Adaptive Variable Suspension. Adaptive Variable Suspension system instantly adjusts damping force in response to driver input and road conditions. Two settings for the suspension are available - Normal and Sport.
      Road and track development took place in France, Austria, Italy (including many winding roads through the Alps), Germany (including the Nürburgring track), Sweden (ice and snow road testing), the U.K., Japan, Australia, and the U.S. A global citizen, the new Supra will be assembled at Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria.
      GT Comfort, Maximum Multimedia
      Like its 1990s predecessor, the 2020 Supra will be equipped as a premium GT, with a deft balance of function and premium comfort and convenience features. Keyless Smart Entry, dual automatic climate control, auto-dimming rearview mirrors, rear camera, rain sensor windshield wipers, garage door opener, power folding mirrors, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel will be standard.
      Standard active safety features include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning with steering assist, automatic high beam and road sign assist. Additional active safety and convenience features available are adaptive full speed cruise control, blind spot monitor, rear cross traffic alert and rear end collision warning.
      The new-generation Supra will of course deliver a state-of-the-art multimedia and connectivity experience. The 3.0 grade features a 6.5-inch display that can be operated by the rotary controller on the console, as well as Bluetooth and iPod capability. The 3.0 Premium grade will get an 8.8-inch touchscreen display with navigation, rotary touch controller, Supra Connect telematics services, wireless Apple CarPlay, a premium 12-speaker JBL audio system, and wireless phone charging. The JBL audio system and navigation will be an available option on the 3.0 grade.
      50+ Years of Toyota Sports Car Heritage
      The 2020 Toyota Supra traces a 50+ year lineage to Toyota’s first sports car, the 1965 Sports 800. This sleek but tiny (140-in. long) coupe offered a little over 40 horsepower from an air-cooled, two-cylinder boxer engine. The Sports 800 weighed just 1,300 pounds and could reach 100 mph in racing trim. It was successful in long distance races where reliability and fuel economy worked to its advantage. Here’s one for car trivia buffs: The 800 Sports was the first production sports car to have a lift-out aluminum roof panel.
      2000 GT
      In 1967, Toyota stunned the sports car establishment with the limited-production, hand-built 2000 GT. This six-cylinder, two-seat coupe smashed three world records and set 13 new international records for speed and endurance. Just 351 of the 2000 GTs were made, about 60 of those left-hand-drive for export to the U.S.
      Nevertheless, many Americans saw the 2000 GT when a specially built roadster version was the automotive star in that year’s James Bond film, You Only Live Twice. Today, 2000 GTs can approach $1 million in collector-car auctions.
      Age of the Supra
      In 1978, Toyota introduced the first Supra (A40) as a premium, six-cylinder version of the popular Celica sports coupe. Four years later, Toyota began to separate the Supra from the Celica, with the second generation (A60) featuring a completely different front-end design and a striking Performance model with wider wheels and fender flares.
      With the debut of the third-generation model for 1986 (A70), the Supra became its own distinct car. The following year, the Mk. III, as Supra aficionados call it, debuted a Turbo upgrade model with 230 horsepower.
      Then came the icon: the fourth-generation Supra (A80, or “Mk. IV” to Supra buffs) arrived in 1993 and upended the global sports car / GT hierarchy. The Supra Turbo used twin sequential turbochargers to extract 320 horsepower from its 3.0-liter inline six. This utterly unique sports GT could accelerate from zero-to-60 mph in under 5 seconds, trouncing direct competitors, as well as some European models costing 2-3 times as much.
      The Mk. IV Supra left Toyota’s U.S. lineup after 1998 but was produced until 2002. It went on to become famous for new generations in video games and in the Fast and Furious film series, stoking an intensely loyal following that helped spur Toyota to develop the all-new, fifth-generation Supra for 2020.
      Toyota GAZOO Racing
      The 2020 GR Supra is the first global model developed by Toyota GAZOO Racing, the international umbrella for Toyota's global motorsport program. In just the past year GR won the Le Mans 24 Hours race and the FIA World Rally Champions. Its work is based on three pillars: developing people through taking part in motorsport; creating fans through the excitement of motorsport and producing fun-to-drive cars; and making ever-better cars by applying the knowledge gained from motorsport competition.
      This ethos has been fully embraced by both Kiichiro Toyoda, founder of Toyota, and Akio Toyoda, Toyota Motor Corporation president, for its goal of “making ever-better cars.” Starting with this Supra, Toyota GAZOO Racing will transfer technical learnings from the race track or rally stage to the development of not just new generations of Toyota's sports-focused GR models, but also to its wider range of vehicles, driven by tens of millions of people around the world.
      With the 2020 Supra, Toyota is seeking to ignite automotive enthusiasts with fond memories of the Supra, as well as spark a new wave of sports car fans around the world. 
        
      2020 SUPRA PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATIONS
      Wheelbase    97.2 in.
      Overall Length    172.5 in.
      Overall Width    73.0 in.
      Overall Height    50.9 in.  
      Track Width Front    62.8 in.
      Track Width Rear    62.6 in.
      Curb Weight    3,397 lbs.
      0-60 mph    4.1 seconds

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    • By William Maley
      After numerous teasers and various leaks coming out, Toyota rolled the Mk.5 Supra this morning in Detroit.
      Bringing the Supra to life required Toyota to bring in a partner. In this case, that happened to be BMW. That begins under the hood as there is a 3.0 twin-scroll turbocharged inline-six with 335 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque. This is paired solely to an eight-speed automatic that routes power to the rear-wheels. 0-60 mph takes 4.1 seconds. Top speed is limited to 155 mph. No mention of the 2.0L turbo-four as we have reported previously - we don't know if that's off the table or will be announced at a later date.
      Work done to chassis was done by both BMW and Toyota's performance group, Gazgoo Racing. The front uses a double-joint spring strut setup, while the back comes with an aluminum five-link independent suspension. Gazgoo has also done their own tuning to the springs and shocks, and stiffened up various parts of the structure. An adaptive variable suspension; variable-assist, variable-ratio electric power steering, large Brembo brakes, and a set of Michelin Pilot Super Sports complete it.
      The new model is quite the departure from previous Supras (something you could argue about the Mk. 4). Most of the design from the FT-1 Concept in 2014 is unchanged - see the double bubble roof and rear end treatment as key evidence. The noticeable changes are up front where the elongated nose has changed from a treatment featuring tri-bumper vents and pointed nose. 
      Inside, it is more BMW than Toyota. The dashboard, infotainment system, and seats are lifted from BMW. A 6.5-inch infotainment system with the standard iDrive controller is standard, while an 8.8-inch touchscreen with a touch-enabled iDrive controller is standard on higher trims.
      Pricing for the 2020 Supra is as followed,
      Supra 3.0: $50,920 Supra 3.0 Premium: $54,920 Supra 3.0 Launch Edition: $56,180 *Prices include a $930 destination chare.
      The Launch Edition will get some special touches including matte black 19-inch alloy wheels, red mirror caps, carbon-fiber accents, and a numbered, carbon-fiber plaque bearing the image of Akio Toyoda and his signature. Toyota will only be building 1,500 of these models.
      The Supra will arrive at Toyota dealers towards the end of summer.
      Gallery 2020 Toyota Supra
      Source: Toyota
      A Legend Returns: 2020 Toyota Supra Makes World Debut
      First New Supra in the U.S. in 21 Years First Global GR Model Developed by Toyota GAZOO Racing Design Inspired by Calty’s FT-1 Concept Two-Seat, Driver-Focused Cabin 335-HP Turbocharged Inline-Six-Cylinder Engine 8-Speed Transmission with Paddle Shifters Two Available Grades and Launch Edition Standard Active Differential and Adaptive Suspension DETROIT (Jan. 14, 2019) – In July 2018, in view of tens of thousands of spectators at England’s world-renowned Goodwood Festival of Speed, a low, long-hood sports car wearing full-body camouflage with mysterious “A90” markings blasted up the narrow, curvy hill-climb circuit. For Toyota enthusiasts, “A90” was the giveaway: the A40, A60, A70 and A80 that came before were Supras.
      The Toyota Supra was coming back!
      In January 2019, the fifth-generation GR Supra, the first global Toyota GAZOO Racing model, makes its undisguised world debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, ending years of anticipation and speculation among sports car enthusiasts around the world. Behind the new Supra is a 50+ year lineage of unique Toyota sports and GT cars. Ahead of it awaits the world’s great driving roads, some of which were used to develop this all-new expression of Toyota pure sports car performance.
      The 2020 Supra goes on sale in summer of 2019 and will be available in two grades – 3.0 and 3.0 Premium, as well as a Launch Edition which will be based on the 3.0 Premium grade. Driving enthusiasts can look forward to an exhilarating blend of power, precision and agility thanks to a rear-wheel drive design that honors Toyota sports car heritage with its low center of gravity and optimal weight balance. There is a strong connection to Toyota’s 1967 2000 GT and 1993-2002 Supra in both design and mechanical configuration.
      Yet, the 2020 Supra is a fully forward-looking sports car, brimming with a cutting-edge powertrain, chassis and multimedia technology. Like the pinnacle of the previous Supra series, the 2020 model will be powered by a turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine. The new Supra’s 3.0-liter twin-scroll turbo six will produce 335 hp and 365 lb-ft of torque and will be teamed with a quick-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Toyota projects 0-60 mph acceleration in 4.1 seconds, which makes this the quickest toyota-branded production vehicle to date.
      By defining specific performance and handling targets early in development, Toyota GAZOO Racing in Japan, with much input from Toyota Motor North America and Toyota Motor Europe, imbued the Supra with its own driving characteristics. While posting the kind of performance numbers that excite enthusiasts, the 2020 Supra will reward drivers of all skill levels with a thrilling sports car feel, even in everyday driving.
      Toyota President and Master Driver Akio Toyoda tested the Supra on the Nürburgring and other racing venues to give his personal feedback as a Master Driver to ensure this new model would exceed the expectations of Supra fans across the globe.
      Supra devotees have waited a long time for the next-generation model. They’ll find the 2020 Supra worth the wait.
      Shaped by Emotion … and Racing
      The 2020 Supra embodies its rich lineage at first glance, with a design that shows a particular kinship with the fourth-generation Supra built from 1993-2002, as well as the landmark 1967 Toyota 2000 GT. The resemblance is more than skin deep: the new-generation Supra also shares with those notable models the common traits of a short wheelbase, sophisticated chassis, and high-performance inline-six-cylinder engine.  
      Toyota offered a glimpse of the new Supra’s design theme in 2014 with the dramatic FT-1 concept car that emerged from Toyota’s Calty design center in California. Supra’s striking exterior design was inspired by the FT-1’s expressive form.
      Optimization of the FT-1 design onto the efficient, high-performance packaging of Supra was achieved by condensing the forms, reducing unnecessary elements and further enhancing the dynamic and powerful character. It focuses on core Supra attributes, such as its inline six-cylinder engine and rear drive layout, while enhancing other features, such as stretching the hood to highlight the engine, creating a taut, but spacious two-seat cabin that helps accentuate an ultra-wide stance. The result is a look unique to Supra internally referred to as “Condensed Extreme.”
      Functional by Design
      The Supra design delivers a 50:50 weight balance while optimizing front-to-rear aerodynamic balance. Toyota sports car heritage is evident throughout. The double-bubble roof design, for example, recalls the Toyota 2000 GT and it reduces drag by shaving the roof center to reduce the projected frontal area without sacrificing occupant headroom.
      The front fascia was inspired by the fourth-generation Supra, yet is even more expressive, with a prominent central grille section flanked by large air intakes. In the rear, the prominent, arching rear integrated spoiler, which helps to suppress aerodynamic lift, pays homage to the tall rear wing that was available on the fourth-gen Supra Turbo. The trapezoidal rear bumper shape conveys a dynamic sense of movement toward the tires.
      The six-lens LED headlights integrate both daytime running lamps and turn signal functions to create a distinctive lighting signature for the new Supra. The rear combination lamps feature a simple structure with the turn, tail, and stop functions integrated into the distinctive main ring shape. The backup lamps are LEDs located in the center of the lower bumper.
      Details Matter
      Expressive colors accentuate the emotional connection drivers feel with a high-performance sports car, which is why the 2020 Supra’s paint palette will include bold Renaissance Red 2.0, Nitro Yellow and Downshift Blue. The available Phantom Matte Gray adds a sense of drama to the Supra’s tautly curved surfaces by combining a matte finish and a hint of blue to create a metal-like texture.

      Other available colors include Absolute Zero White, Tungsten Silver, Turbulence Gray and Nocturnal Black.

      Fun fact: In the new version of the famous Supra logotype, the “S” was inspired by a racetrack s-bend.
      Cockpit Concept: Wrapping the Driver
      The 2020 Supra cockpit deftly blends traditional GT elements with ultra-modern functionality. The low, narrow-section dash gives the driver expansive forward visibility, ideal for precisely placing the car in corners.
      A high-definition color display forms the instrument panel, projecting a large-diameter, three-dimensional meter dial that seems to float over it. The single-meter design consolidates information necessary for performance driving, such as the tachometer and shift-timing indicator, enabling the driver to easily focus on critical control information through the small-diameter steering wheel.
      The display’s easy-to-read layout puts multimedia information, including audio and available navigation, on the right side. An available full-color Head-Up Display projects vital driving and navigation information ahead of the driver.
      Toyota designers took a fresh approach to designing the center console, giving it an asymmetrical shape that tightly envelops the driver, with a padded pillar that serves as a right leg bolster. The passenger’s side of the console, meanwhile, is open for a roomy feel, yet also features kneepads for bolstering in corners.

      The center console tightly groups controls for sports driving. The climate control panel protrudes from the center dash, easing operation without averting eyes from the road.
      Racing-Inspired Seats
      Toyota designed the 2020 Supra to be both an everyday sports car and an occasional track car. To that end, its sport seats, featuring integrated head restraints, were inspired by racing. The seats use a narrow main section combined with the shoulder bolsters to firmly hold the driver and passenger. The 3.0 Premium grade will feature heated, leather-trimmed seats, while the 3.0 will come with Alcantara power seats with memory.
      Supra’s smartly trimmed luggage area, accessed via a lightweight composite hatch, offers capacity for two people to pack for a weekend getaway. The compartment is shaped to accommodate long items, such as a track day toolkit.
       
      The 2020 Supra Performance Story
      The 2020 Supra will feature a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six that will produce 335 hp and 365 lb-ft of torque. The torque comes on strong from very low engine speeds, thanks to a combination of a twin-scroll turbocharger, direct fuel injection and continuously variable timing on both the intake and exhaust camshafts. Engine response is further enhanced thanks to the inline six’s variable intake valve lift system that adjusts intake valve timing and duration.  
      The 8-speed automatic transmission delivers quick up- and downshifts and features paddle shifters for manual control when desired. Short ratios for the lower gears and a Launch Control function enable powerful acceleration with maximum traction. Toyota estimates 0-60 mph acceleration in 4.1 seconds. Top track speed will be electronically limited to 155 mph.
      The 2020 Supra will offer two driving modes, Normal and Sport. Sport Mode provides track-driving capability by reducing intervention of the traction and stability control functions as well as sharpening throttle response, increasing steering weight, improving transmission shift crispness, more aggressive active differential tuning and amplifying exhaust sound.
      For performance driving enthusiasts, the Supra will have an active differential that uses an electric motor and multi-plate clutches to control lateral torque. The active differential precisely controls torque distribution between the rear wheels, with stepless variable locking from 0-100 percent. The differential can control torque distribution between the rear wheels when cornering under both acceleration and braking, enabling greater momentum through a corner. The active differential is also effective at ensuring neutral handling by reducing both understeer and oversteer.
      Chassis: Lessons from the Track 
      Toyota GAZOO Racing had a specific vision when developing Supra. High structural rigidity, a low center of gravity and 50:50 weight distribution were paramount to Toyota’s goal of achieving neutral cornering balance. For example, Toyota identified nine areas of the vehicle’s rear structure to be reinforced to increase rigidity.
      Toyota also specified spring and shock absorber tuning for the new double-joint spring strut front suspension and multi-link rear suspension. Likewise, Toyota set specific parameters for the Supra’s stability control system performance.
      The front suspension subframe and control arm mounting points are extremely rigid to yield precise cornering characteristics. Aluminum control arms reduce unsprung weight, resulting in superior agility and efficiency. High-performance wheel hubs feature increased stiffness and optimized kinematics. For precise handling, Supra features a variable assist and variable ratio sport-tuned electric power steering.
      The multi-link rear suspension with a five-arm construction consists of lightweight aluminum to reduce weight while steel is employed in key areas for added strength and durability. The rigid rear subframe, and the bracing that connects it to the body structure, helps ensure extremely precise wheel control. Supra will come standard with 19-inch forged alloy wheels. The rear wheels and tires are wider than on the front (rear tires: 275/35R19; front tires: 255/35R19) to enhance grip, and performance Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires are fitted. Brakes are large at all four corners, highlighted by 13.7-in. front rotors held by 4-piston Brembo calipers. 
      Standard on all Supras is Adaptive Variable Suspension. Adaptive Variable Suspension system instantly adjusts damping force in response to driver input and road conditions. Two settings for the suspension are available - Normal and Sport.
      Road and track development took place in France, Austria, Italy (including many winding roads through the Alps), Germany (including the Nürburgring track), Sweden (ice and snow road testing), the U.K., Japan, Australia, and the U.S. A global citizen, the new Supra will be assembled at Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria.
      GT Comfort, Maximum Multimedia
      Like its 1990s predecessor, the 2020 Supra will be equipped as a premium GT, with a deft balance of function and premium comfort and convenience features. Keyless Smart Entry, dual automatic climate control, auto-dimming rearview mirrors, rear camera, rain sensor windshield wipers, garage door opener, power folding mirrors, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel will be standard.
      Standard active safety features include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning with steering assist, automatic high beam and road sign assist. Additional active safety and convenience features available are adaptive full speed cruise control, blind spot monitor, rear cross traffic alert and rear end collision warning.
      The new-generation Supra will of course deliver a state-of-the-art multimedia and connectivity experience. The 3.0 grade features a 6.5-inch display that can be operated by the rotary controller on the console, as well as Bluetooth and iPod capability. The 3.0 Premium grade will get an 8.8-inch touchscreen display with navigation, rotary touch controller, Supra Connect telematics services, wireless Apple CarPlay, a premium 12-speaker JBL audio system, and wireless phone charging. The JBL audio system and navigation will be an available option on the 3.0 grade.
      50+ Years of Toyota Sports Car Heritage
      The 2020 Toyota Supra traces a 50+ year lineage to Toyota’s first sports car, the 1965 Sports 800. This sleek but tiny (140-in. long) coupe offered a little over 40 horsepower from an air-cooled, two-cylinder boxer engine. The Sports 800 weighed just 1,300 pounds and could reach 100 mph in racing trim. It was successful in long distance races where reliability and fuel economy worked to its advantage. Here’s one for car trivia buffs: The 800 Sports was the first production sports car to have a lift-out aluminum roof panel.
      2000 GT
      In 1967, Toyota stunned the sports car establishment with the limited-production, hand-built 2000 GT. This six-cylinder, two-seat coupe smashed three world records and set 13 new international records for speed and endurance. Just 351 of the 2000 GTs were made, about 60 of those left-hand-drive for export to the U.S.
      Nevertheless, many Americans saw the 2000 GT when a specially built roadster version was the automotive star in that year’s James Bond film, You Only Live Twice. Today, 2000 GTs can approach $1 million in collector-car auctions.
      Age of the Supra
      In 1978, Toyota introduced the first Supra (A40) as a premium, six-cylinder version of the popular Celica sports coupe. Four years later, Toyota began to separate the Supra from the Celica, with the second generation (A60) featuring a completely different front-end design and a striking Performance model with wider wheels and fender flares.
      With the debut of the third-generation model for 1986 (A70), the Supra became its own distinct car. The following year, the Mk. III, as Supra aficionados call it, debuted a Turbo upgrade model with 230 horsepower.
      Then came the icon: the fourth-generation Supra (A80, or “Mk. IV” to Supra buffs) arrived in 1993 and upended the global sports car / GT hierarchy. The Supra Turbo used twin sequential turbochargers to extract 320 horsepower from its 3.0-liter inline six. This utterly unique sports GT could accelerate from zero-to-60 mph in under 5 seconds, trouncing direct competitors, as well as some European models costing 2-3 times as much.
      The Mk. IV Supra left Toyota’s U.S. lineup after 1998 but was produced until 2002. It went on to become famous for new generations in video games and in the Fast and Furious film series, stoking an intensely loyal following that helped spur Toyota to develop the all-new, fifth-generation Supra for 2020.
      Toyota GAZOO Racing
      The 2020 GR Supra is the first global model developed by Toyota GAZOO Racing, the international umbrella for Toyota's global motorsport program. In just the past year GR won the Le Mans 24 Hours race and the FIA World Rally Champions. Its work is based on three pillars: developing people through taking part in motorsport; creating fans through the excitement of motorsport and producing fun-to-drive cars; and making ever-better cars by applying the knowledge gained from motorsport competition.
      This ethos has been fully embraced by both Kiichiro Toyoda, founder of Toyota, and Akio Toyoda, Toyota Motor Corporation president, for its goal of “making ever-better cars.” Starting with this Supra, Toyota GAZOO Racing will transfer technical learnings from the race track or rally stage to the development of not just new generations of Toyota's sports-focused GR models, but also to its wider range of vehicles, driven by tens of millions of people around the world.
      With the 2020 Supra, Toyota is seeking to ignite automotive enthusiasts with fond memories of the Supra, as well as spark a new wave of sports car fans around the world. 
        
      2020 SUPRA PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATIONS
      Wheelbase    97.2 in.
      Overall Length    172.5 in.
      Overall Width    73.0 in.
      Overall Height    50.9 in.  
      Track Width Front    62.8 in.
      Track Width Rear    62.6 in.
      Curb Weight    3,397 lbs.
      0-60 mph    4.1 seconds
    • By William Maley
      Previous Page Next Page The RC F Track Edition won't have all of the spotlight to itself at Detroit next week. Lexus has revealed today the LC Convertible concept that will be rolling out on the auto show floor next week.
      Lexus is really stretching the definition of what it means to be a concept. To our eyes, the LC Convertible concept looks like it is ready to sit in the nearest Lexus showroom. Changes from the standard LC coupe include a slightly longer rear deck to house the power folding-top (we're thinking its a soft-top) and massive 22-inch alloy wheels. No mention of what's under the hood, but we're betting its the 5.0L V8 with 471 horsepower.
      While there are officially no plans to add a convertible version of the LC, statements from various company executives hint that it is being considered.
      “A production version of this concept would be exhilarating in many different ways. You would see its dynamic lines as you approach, hear its engine when you started it up and feel everything around you once on the road. It would engage the senses in a way that is unique and exciting every time you got behind the wheel,” said Tadao Mori, chief designer of the LC Convertible concept.
      Source: Lexus
      Lexus LC Convertible Concept Makes World Debut in Detroit
      Open top concept suggests future direction of LC flagship Dynamic design positions LC concept as a halo for the rest of the brand DETROIT (January 11, 2019) – Lexus shocked the automotive world in Detroit three years ago with the debut of the LC coupe. It was a testament to the brand’s new sense of creative ambition, but it was only just the beginning. Since then, the Lexus design team has been exploring the brand’s evolution and the latest result of those explorations will make its debut at the 2019 North American International Auto Show with the world premiere of the Lexus LC Convertible Concept.
       
      An open-air roadster that is an artful reflection of the LC coupe, the design goal of the Convertible Concept was the expression of “ultimate beauty”. From the rake of the windshield to the smooth contours of the rear decklid that houses the convertible top, every line on the LC Convertible concept was drawn to evoke an emotional response. A stunning design from every angle, the LC Convertible concept stands as an aspirational halo vehicle for the entire Lexus lineup.
       
      “This concept takes the unmistakable design of the LC coupe and reimagines it as a future convertible,” said Tadao Mori, chief designer of the LC Convertible concept. “It blends all the best aspects of the original coupe with the dynamic design of an open-air convertible.”
       
      Long, low and lean, the LC Convertible concept retains the athletic proportions of the LC coupe. It’s a shape that evolved naturally from the original LC design, yet still manages to stand on its own with a unique identity. It blends uniquely Japanese aesthetics with the promise of sensory satisfaction that only a convertible can provide.
       
      In addition to the visual appeal of the exterior sheetmetal, the LC Convertible concept attracts drivers and passengers alike with an allure of a cabin that caters to every need. From the comfort of its tailored seats to the feel of every switch and button, everything about this LC is designed to make even the most common trip feel like an occasion. Crisp white leather trim abounds while yellow accent stitching adds a pop of color without distracting from the subtle elegance of the overall design.
       
      More than just a grand tourer, the strong exterior lines of the LC Convertible concept reinforce its performance pedigree. Its short overhangs, 22-inch wheels and wide stance are all reminders of this car’s performance potential.
       
      “A production version of this concept would be exhilarating in many different ways. You would see its dynamic lines as you approach, hear its engine when you started it up and feel everything around you once on the road. It would engage the senses in a way that is unique and exciting every time you got behind the wheel,” said Mori-san.
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    • By William Maley
      Previous Page Next Page The RC F Track Edition won't have all of the spotlight to itself at Detroit next week. Lexus has revealed today the LC Convertible concept that will be rolling out on the auto show floor next week.
      Lexus is really stretching the definition of what it means to be a concept. To our eyes, the LC Convertible concept looks like it is ready to sit in the nearest Lexus showroom. Changes from the standard LC coupe include a slightly longer rear deck to house the power folding-top (we're thinking its a soft-top) and massive 22-inch alloy wheels. No mention of what's under the hood, but we're betting its the 5.0L V8 with 471 horsepower.
      While there are officially no plans to add a convertible version of the LC, statements from various company executives hint that it is being considered.
      “A production version of this concept would be exhilarating in many different ways. You would see its dynamic lines as you approach, hear its engine when you started it up and feel everything around you once on the road. It would engage the senses in a way that is unique and exciting every time you got behind the wheel,” said Tadao Mori, chief designer of the LC Convertible concept.
      Source: Lexus
      Lexus LC Convertible Concept Makes World Debut in Detroit
      Open top concept suggests future direction of LC flagship Dynamic design positions LC concept as a halo for the rest of the brand DETROIT (January 11, 2019) – Lexus shocked the automotive world in Detroit three years ago with the debut of the LC coupe. It was a testament to the brand’s new sense of creative ambition, but it was only just the beginning. Since then, the Lexus design team has been exploring the brand’s evolution and the latest result of those explorations will make its debut at the 2019 North American International Auto Show with the world premiere of the Lexus LC Convertible Concept.
       
      An open-air roadster that is an artful reflection of the LC coupe, the design goal of the Convertible Concept was the expression of “ultimate beauty”. From the rake of the windshield to the smooth contours of the rear decklid that houses the convertible top, every line on the LC Convertible concept was drawn to evoke an emotional response. A stunning design from every angle, the LC Convertible concept stands as an aspirational halo vehicle for the entire Lexus lineup.
       
      “This concept takes the unmistakable design of the LC coupe and reimagines it as a future convertible,” said Tadao Mori, chief designer of the LC Convertible concept. “It blends all the best aspects of the original coupe with the dynamic design of an open-air convertible.”
       
      Long, low and lean, the LC Convertible concept retains the athletic proportions of the LC coupe. It’s a shape that evolved naturally from the original LC design, yet still manages to stand on its own with a unique identity. It blends uniquely Japanese aesthetics with the promise of sensory satisfaction that only a convertible can provide.
       
      In addition to the visual appeal of the exterior sheetmetal, the LC Convertible concept attracts drivers and passengers alike with an allure of a cabin that caters to every need. From the comfort of its tailored seats to the feel of every switch and button, everything about this LC is designed to make even the most common trip feel like an occasion. Crisp white leather trim abounds while yellow accent stitching adds a pop of color without distracting from the subtle elegance of the overall design.
       
      More than just a grand tourer, the strong exterior lines of the LC Convertible concept reinforce its performance pedigree. Its short overhangs, 22-inch wheels and wide stance are all reminders of this car’s performance potential.
       
      “A production version of this concept would be exhilarating in many different ways. You would see its dynamic lines as you approach, hear its engine when you started it up and feel everything around you once on the road. It would engage the senses in a way that is unique and exciting every time you got behind the wheel,” said Mori-san.
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    • By William Maley
      Toyota is reading to launch their high-performance sub-brand GAZOO Racing (GR) with the upcoming Toyota Supra - debuting next week at the Detroit Auto Show. But what comes next?
      "We have lots of requests from different countries, so it's really, really challenging to decide on the order [of performance models]," said Tetsuya Tada, chief engineer of the Toyota 86 and Supra.
      "It's not just Hyundai. Other car brands are doing this too, so we are researching this and we have to create the brand strategy."
      According to Carsales, Australian executives are pushing hard for a GR version of the Corolla Hatchback to bring the fight to the Hyundai i30N hatchback. No mention was made as to what could be changed, but we're guessing some changes to the suspension and possibly some sort of forced-induction. But judging from Tada's comments, this may be one idea relegated to the back for some time.
      Source: Carsales.com.au
       
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