Toyota considers bringing back the MR2 to rival Honda’s upcoming CR-Z

Introduced in 1984, the Toyota MR2 has been a real success for the Japanese carmaker and many car enthusiasts loved the small sports car. However, Toyota decided to cut down its selection of sports cars and replace them with less aggressive “sports packages”, which meant the MR2 production ended in 2007.

But now there’s some great news coming from AutoExpress who have spoken with Toyota’s executive VP, Masatami Takimoto at the Geneva Motor Show and found out that the company is currently working on a small hybrid sports car, which will wear the MR2 name tag and which will rival the upcoming Honda CR-Z: “We are aware of the fondness with which the MR2 is held in the UK and Europe, and are developing a small hybrid sports car. We have set a tough price point (expected to be around £20,000), as it will be easier to sell if it is affordable. It has to be fun to drive, too, which means the hybrid set-up must be different to the Prius’s, with greater responsiveness.”

AutoExpress also mentions that the new MR2 will have a compact coupe shape and, if developed properly, could sprint from 0 to 60 mph in around seven seconds and could return 60 mpg and less than 100 g/km CO2 emissions. Toyota didn’t say anything about when can we expect to see at least a concept of this car, but we don’t think this car is a priority, the company focusing now on family hybrids, a lot of launches being scheduled for the next 12 months.

Source: AutoExpress

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Comments (3)

  • Brian DR1665 says:

    I’ve always loved the MR2. Always.

    When Toyota decided to get into sport packages for their other models as opposed to building actual sports cars, I was cool with it. Toyota has long made good cars and it was fitting that they be made a little more fun to drive, but this talk of bringing back the MR2 as a damn hybrid is almost insulting. Hybrid this! Hybrid that!

    Not that I’m in favor of huge carbon footprints and ecological irresponsibility, but the hybrid technology adds cost and weight, both of which stand to hurt the car. Why not return to their roots, using similar engines in multiple cars? Surely Toyota has a warehouse full of small, turbo diesel mills ready to go that would deliver better than 40mpg in car this small while keeping the platform simple and light weight.

    MR2: Batteries not included please.

  • Vlad Balan says:

    Yeah, I’m also having a hard time trying to imagine how a hybrid sports car will be like, especially regarding the driving experience. And, like I said on Twitter, I hope Toyota will be smart enough to make this car more than just a 2-door Prius. Guess we’ll have to wait and see.

  • intensive driving says:

    I think it looks much better than the CR-Z and if it hits the target figures of 0-60 in 7 secs at 60mpg, batteries don’t seem to bad an idea…

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