Toyota hits the G spot
Toyota used the recent Tokyo Auto Salon to reveal G Sport conversion kits for a few of their cars, with the FT86 G concept attracting the most attention.
Toyota chose the FT-86 concept (first revealed at last year's Tokyo Motor Show) as its centrepiece showcasing the G Series Concept and Production vehicles at the Salon.
The rear-wheel drive sports coupe was fitted with an assortment of cosmetic and performance enhancements and flanked by a Prius G Series Concept that gives a new spin to environmentally conscious motoring.
Toyota's G Series range will be introduced in Japan from mid-2010, with no plans announced yet for introduction outside of Japan. The manufacturer will expand the range of sports models in its home market using a variety of conversion and trim kits for some its mass produced models.
G Sports conversions will be produced in limited numbers and much of the development is by Japanese tuning specialist Gazoo, renowned for their work on Toyotas. Enhancements include personalised interiors and exteriors, sports suspension kits, racing seats and aerodynamics-enhancing parts.
While these concepts are initially limited to Japan, they indicate that Toyota is definitely moving towards introducing sportier, more emotional models in the future.
New president Akio Toyoda is, after all, a big motorsport man and hobby race driver...