Anyone hoping for a new variant of the Scion FR-S sports car is in for disappointment, with yet another official from parent company Toyota ruling out one of the car’s many rumored variants, this time the hybrid.
It was a couple of years ago that we first heard Toyota was seriously considering installing some type of hybrid technology
in its FR-S. We later heard that development of a hybrid FR-S had reached an advanced stage
, despite production not being confirmed.
Now, Toyota marketing director Fabio Capano has thrown cold water on the idea. Speaking with Autocar
, Capano explained that Toyota could do it technically but fears the car would not be popular enough to be viable.
“We can create a product with this technology but it needs to make proper business sense,” Capano said. “We have to prioritize.”
Capano’s comments come after another Toyota exec said a convertible version of the FR-S and a more powerful version were both unlikely because of poor sales of the current model
Toyota hasn’t given up on its performance offerings, however. The automaker is working on a larger sports car based on its FT-1 concept
that will serve as the spiritual successor to the Supra, and this one is
expected to feature hybrid technology. A sports car positioned below the FR-S is also expected
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