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We’ve written about approximately 187,000 rumors about a return of the Toyota Supra to the land of living cars. There are a couple of good reasons for this: first, Toyota won’t stop dropping hints about a new halo sports car. Late this summer, Toyota sales guru Kazuo Ohara called a Supra successor “one of the options we have” – a comment followed by a hint that there would be “better news” on the subject in the future.
The second reason for all the Toyota tales is, of course, that we all have missed the Supra since its departure from the US market in 1998. So, when a member of the Autoblog team is party to a nudge-and-wink-filled conversation about a new Supra concept headed to January’s Detroit Auto Show, we tend to listen up.
A 400+ horsepower hybrid sports car would match up pretty well with the upcoming NSX.
Recently, a few very well-placed members of the Toyota team indicated to us, in not-so-cryptic terms, that the Japanese automaker is ready to shock the world with a Supra concept car for this year’s shindig in the Motor City. Further, the indications we’ve been given are that this “concept car” will signal broadly about a production version still to follow.
In 2007, the FT-HS concept (pictured) seemed like a perfectly promising Supra replacement, right before the economy fell off a cliff and everyone in the business shelved all non-essential product plans. This year, however, there’ll be about 16 million cars sold in the US and a 400+ horsepower hybrid sports car would match up pretty well with the upcoming Acura NSX from rival Honda, not to mention president Akio Toyoda’s mandate to shed his company’s staid image.
Of course, on the record, Toyota is still staying perfectly mum – not only on the topic of the previously rumored gas-electric powertrain, but on the existence of the concept itself. Our requests for any official confirmation have been met with firm retorts of approximately “no comment” from our friendly Toyota PR staffers.
Still, the pattern of executive-dropped clues about a new sports car follows that which composed the achingly long lead up to the eventual Toyota GT86/Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ. We’ll have to wait about a month to see just what Toyota has under the sheets in Cobo this year, but we’re crossing our fingers and hoping the new year brings with it a new Supra, at long last.
Two major international auto shows occurring on the same two days? Phew, let’s not do that again… ever. Still, we’re pros at auto shows here at Autoblog, so we obsessively covered both the LA Auto Show and Tokyo Motor Show at the same time.
The last of our LA show coverage has gone live, which means it’s time for a top-down look at all of the cars and concepts that debuted under a SoCal sun this week. With such major debuts as the 2015 Chevy Colorado, 2015 Subaru WRX and 2015 Porsche Macan, the caliber of cars unveiled in the City of Angels did not disappoint. Which were your favorites? We want to know your duds too, so sound off in Comments.
We’ve got a few more posts from Japan to share, so stayed tuned for Tokyo’s post-show wrapup, and next week we’ll publish our Editors’ Choices of the best cars from each show.
In time for this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show, Nissan is, for the first time, showing the North American audience its brand new line of sports-level performance cars. From an ultra powerful sportscar to a highly advanced compact, these three new cars take years of NISMO motorsports experience and puts them on the racetrack or […]
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TOKYO — It’s all too easy to fall under the spell of concept cars that automakers trot out at car shows. But some make it nearly irresistible.
Nissan showed off its BladeGlider electric vehicle concept at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show on Wednesday, and it was the sickest set of wheels on the floor at Tokyo Big Sight.
One of several vehicles that seemed to be pulled from a sci-fi film (more “Tron” than “Blade Runner”), the three-seater has a knife-like shape and doors that swing up like wings.
Its profile recalls the 300-horsepower racer DeltaWing, and the interior has an arcade game-style driver pod.
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The Tokyo Motor Show 2013 is still underway, and we just got a look at a variety of BMW vehicles, among them being the 4 Series Cabriolet, the i3, and the i8. BMW will be showcasing vehicles until December 1, and also among its plans is the BMW X5, the Concept Active Tourer Outdoor, the […]
DENVER – The Kansas City Chiefs weren’t devastated by their first loss of the season.
They spoke about playing the Broncos again in two weeks with the Arrowhead Stadium crowd on their side. Even though Denver won 27-17, the Chiefs felt the gap between them and the Broncos isn’t that wide.
“We see them back in two weeks, and that’s the sweetest thing about it,” running back Jamaal Charles said. “I think they were at a great advantage, on defense the crowd was into it the whole game. Now we’re going back to Arrowhead and now it’s going to be our turn. We haven’t lost a game at home this year so hopefully we can return the favor.”
The problem is, the Chiefs showed they’re exactly what everyone who was skeptical of their 9-0 start figured they were all along.
That’s not entirely bad. The Chiefs played pretty well on defense, just like they had the first nine weeks. They forced six punts and a turnover against the best offense in the NFL. Quarterback Alex Smith didn’t make any major mistakes, like usual. The special teams were fine. They didn’t do anything to beat themselves.
But the problem with the 2013 Chiefs, which will probably keep them from making a deep playoff run, is that they didn’t do anything to beat the Broncos either.
Smith tried pushing the ball downfield a few times, but the Chiefs don’t have many players that can beat a defense and they didn’t get any huge plays. They’re sorely lacking a playmaker outside of Charles. The defense didn’t get to Peyton Manning all night. The team that led the NFL in sacks coming in didn’t register one quarterback hit on Manning. Denver’s only turnover came on a botched handoff, so the Chiefs defense didn’t make much happen. And coach Andy Reid played it safe, punting at Denver’s 41 in the fourth quarter when the Chiefs were losing by 14 points, and kicking it deep instead of trying an onside kick with 4:56 left when they cut Denver’s lead to 10 points.
That worked when the Chiefs were playing the weakest schedule in the NFL through nine weeks. That was enough to beat the parade of backup quarterbacks Kansas City was fortunate enough to face in four of the last five weeks.
That’s not good enough to beat Denver, and the problem is, the Chiefs are probably going to have to beat the Broncos on Dec. 1 if they want to win the division.
“We’re not going to lose our confidence,” linebacker Derrick Johnson said. “We’re a good team. We’re 9-1 right now. But at the same time, we know we need to get a handle on Denver. If we’re going to go all the way we need to figure out how to beat Denver.”
The Chiefs talked about how Sunday night’s game would have been different had they not made a few mistakes. They lamented not scoring a touchdown late in the second quarter instead of settling for a 20-yard field goal, and if they hadn’t fumbled one play after recovering a Broncos fumble at Denver’s 18-yard line. They believe they’re not far off.
“Listen, we played a good football team and they got us today,” Reid said. “We’ll bounce back.”
“To be honest with you, I’m glad this happened early,” safety Eric Berry said. “We got tested. See what we can correct and keep pushing forward. We played ball, we just messed up on some minor things. We can get it right.”
The confidence is a great sign, and the Chiefs are still a very good football team. You don’t become 9-0 without being very good.
But what the Chiefs have to figure out in a hurry is if they can overcome their deficiencies to become great. Sunday night showed they’re not quite there yet.
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