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1st February, 2013

Toyota will strike a chord with driving enthusiasts when it unveils a concept for a convertible version of the highly successful 86 sports car at next month's Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland.

The FT-86 Open concept is a sneak preview of a possible future variant of the 86 that was launched in Australia last year. The concept has been developed to gauge customer reaction for an open-top version of the 86.

The world premiere of the concept is occurring at the same time as prototype engineering assessments take place. The FT-86 Open concept, which will show how driving pleasure could be taken to another level, demonstrates Toyota's continued success with sports cars. It comes more than three years after Toyota showed its first concept for a compact rear-wheel-drive sports car at Japan's 2009 Tokyo Motor Show.

The original FT-86 Concept (Future Toyota 86) was designed to give the driver greater control with a compact design, light body and low centre of gravity. It promised power and environmental performance from a two-litre boxer engine.

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The next car in the series was the FT-86G Sports Concept car, which gained an aggressive styling and performance make-over by Toyota's technical partner GAZOO Racing. It retained the front-engine, rear-drive lay out of a classic sports car with power from a specially tuned turbocharged engine.

The third car in the series - the FT-86 II Concept - was debuted at the Geneva Motor Show two years ago. Its compact proportions featured a long, low bonnet, high guards and rear-set cabin.

The production 86 went on sale in Australia in June last year to instant acclaim. It dramatically redefined the concept of an affordable sports car.

Toyota's 2013 Geneva Motor Show presence will also include the European debut of the fourth-generation RAV4. The new car builds on its pioneering heritage to reflect the stronger emphasis placed on family use by the segment's customers, without sacrificing any of the model's core values. The new RAV4 offers distinctive styling, refined premium-quality interior design, greater efficiency and further enhancements to its all-wheel drive system for a more engaging drive. The debut of the new RAV4 will be supported by two design studies - the RAV4 'Premium' and the RAV4 'Adventure'.


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