The likelihood of a Celica or Supra rebirth in the near future is very smallEnlarge Photo
Some rumors refuse to stay buried. Such as the one about Toyota resurrecting the MR2 and Supra sports cars.
Let's start with the Supra. Autocar is reporting that Toyota is once again looking into building a Supra with a hybrid powertrain coupling a V-6 engine to an electric motor. Further details are sketchy, but it appears that Toyota might greenlight a hybrid sports cars due to the fact that hybrid sales in general are improving. If the car makes it to market, expect to see it around 2013, which is also the target date for the FT-86 sports car that Toyota has been planning. The FT-HS Concept that Toyota showed at the 2007 Detroit Auto Show could preview the future Supra.
As for the MR2, that too is aimed at 2013, and it will be powered by a hybrid powertrain, as well. The engine is likely to be a 1.5-liter unit.
At this point, it's all speculation--but if Toyota brings the two cars and the FT-86 to market and they are hits with enthusiasts, the company may have a shot at shaking its appliance-maker image.