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Toyota Boss Promises More “Emotional Surprises” Like FT-1 Concept

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 2/25/2014 Erick Ayapana

The Toyota FT-1 concept was one of the most talked about cars at this year’s Detroit auto show and the automaker is promising to release more cars like it. In an interview with Auto Express, Karl Schlicht, the executive vice president of Toyota Europe, said to “expect more risky designs” and “emotional surprises” like the FT-1 concept, which is widely considered to be the next Toyota Supra, should it make it to production.

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Schlicht credits the existence of the FT-1 concept to Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda and he's confident that more exciting cars are on the way.

Toyota Boss Promises More “Emotional Surprises” Like FT-1 Concept

© Provided by MotorTrend “If Akio wasn’t CEO then our products would still be bland, but they’re not because he’s prepared to make a mistake,” Schlicht said. “The LFA was the hardest project to push through, but [Toyoda] did it anyway. He wanted to liberate the minds of his engineers. In a way the FT-1 is the next stage in that, a more accessible version of the LFA.”

In addition to the LFA, Toyoda played an important role in pushing the Scion FR-S into production, ending the automaker’s decades-long drought of offering an affordable rear-drive sports car. Next up in the pipeline is the 2015 Lexus RC 350 and RC F coupe, which are aimed directly at BMW 4 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupes. Toyota, of course, will still be focused on its volume products like the Camry and Prius, but the automaker is quickly proving it can make exciting cars.

“Toyota has really changed under Akio Toyoda – he really doesn’t care about selling more cars than anyone else, in fact he’s paranoid about growing too quickly,” Schlicht said. “He’s told everyone in the company not to chase the number one spot, but to do things right, make the best cars and the money will come.”

Source: Auto Express

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