Prior reports have said that the Japanese automakers Toyota and Subaru will not bring their planned sport compact to market. However; according to 7Tune the rear wheel drive sports car is still on track and will be released sometime in the near future. Unfortunately when the vehicle does hit dealerships, it will be in limited supply.
Akio Toyoda, Toyota’s new CEO and avid motor sports fan, has been pushing to see the 21st century interpretation of the venerable AE86. Although the global economic situation isn’t the best to support sales for this kind of car and the necessary reallocation of funds have not made it easy for the Japanese automakers to develop this kind of vehicle. Toyoda is the right man to have at the helm in order to bring a modern day hachi-roku to market.
With the recent release of the Hyundai Genesis Coupe, automakers around the world will soon be scrambling to produce affordable rear drive sport compacts in order to capture whatever sales they can in this wide open segment.