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Old 01-30-2010, 07:29 AM   #1
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Finally, time for some good news from Toyota. At the 2010 Tokyo Auto Salon, Toyota showed a range of sporty looking, performance enhanced special-edition models with a G logo, most notably the Toyota FT-86 G Sports Concept.

According to Straightline, the concept models hint at a feature sub-brand from Toyota that it will gradually roll out in its cars in mid-2010.

In simple words, the G lineup will be Toyota’s in-house tuning division. The G department will be responsible for enhancing Toyota vehicle’s exterior, interior, mechanical components and the suspension.
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We’re guessing the first Toyota to get the G treatment will be the upcoming FT-86 due out in the later part of next year.
Volkswagen is also planning a in-house tuning division called R GmbH.
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Old 01-30-2010, 07:44 AM   #2
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You just know that whoever thought of the name was thinking about G spots and G strings at the time
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Old 01-30-2010, 01:19 PM   #3
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This could be a good move by Toyota to get them into a more performance image. As long as they think out what "perfance enhancements" they will include. "Sporting Looking" editions with a body kit, logos/stickers, paint, exhaust, and wheels slapped on to their regular models won't cut it. They need to look at all aspects with suspension system, power train, and brakes (in no reference to faulty gas pedals) that actually perform. And of course price. If the models/parts are too expensive, then people are just going to go elsewhere or aftermarket.
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Old 01-30-2010, 02:00 PM   #4
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Bah, they should just focus on making TRD stand for the new lineup, but whatever.
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Old 01-30-2010, 02:04 PM   #5
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I was thinking the same thing. Why add a G line when they already have a TRD department. Just use that.
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Old 01-30-2010, 02:17 PM   #6
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I propose 'IA' for intended acceleration.
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Old 01-30-2010, 03:13 PM   #7
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"G" for 'Go Peddle'...

Sorry... too soon???

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Old 01-30-2010, 06:01 PM   #8
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A Toyota G wagon doesn't sound right.

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Old 01-30-2010, 06:59 PM   #9
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I was thinking the same thing. Why add a G line when they already have a TRD department. Just use that.
Personally, as a 27 year old auto enthusiast, TRD implies more of an offroad image. This is probably due to the lack of sporty cars baring the TRD name in the past 10 years.

I'll be interesting to see what Akio Toyoda has planned for the G line in upcoming Toyotas. Maybe the next Camry will be a little more flexible (like the current Fusion) where it can carry a practical/reliable/efficient image as well as a sporty image.

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Old 01-30-2010, 07:23 PM   #10
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I guess so, it really has only been stamped on the side of their trucks lately. Just seems like a waste of money to create a whole new division when they're sitting on a relatively inactive one already.
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Old 01-30-2010, 10:17 PM   #11
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They need to get their **** back in order. Back when I bought an '86 MR2 they had a TRD catalog that outlined all of the detailed (and very specific) performance upgrades recomended by the factory for various autosports. It was damned refreshing. A fully calculated upgrade path with specific reference to part numbers etc.
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Old 01-31-2010, 12:34 AM   #12
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They need to get their **** back in order. Back when I bought an '86 MR2 they had a TRD catalog that outlined all of the detailed (and very specific) performance upgrades recomended by the factory for various autosports. It was damned refreshing. A fully calculated upgrade path with specific reference to part numbers etc.
That's exactly what Mopar did for the SRT-4's. Toyota also had such a catelog for the rev2 MR2's (1992 - 1999) with TRD as well as parts from other aftermarket JDM companies. I remember the TRD widebody MR2 having an option for HKS cams, etc.

I'm skeptical that Toyota would have a lot of engine upgrade parts for the FT-86 considering that it will have a subaru motor. Maybe if they brought a new version of the 3SGE to the table....
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Old 01-31-2010, 12:42 AM   #13
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what do you drive?...a G....oh, you have a infinity?.....no..a toyota G,.....nevermind.
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"G" for 'Go Peddle'...

Sorry... too soon???

it's pedal. peddle is to sell stuff.
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Despite their utilitarian cachet, Toyota has consistently proven this year that they are a brand that is all about putting the pedal to the metal.












And sometimes keeping it there.
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Old 01-31-2010, 06:48 AM   #16
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Despite their utilitarian cachet, Toyota has consistently proven this year that they are a brand that is all about putting the pedal to the metal.


And sometimes keeping it there.
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Old 01-31-2010, 07:35 PM   #17
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I think TRD is just fine.
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Old 01-31-2010, 08:11 PM   #18
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^^I agree.Stick with TRD. G sounds like too much like infiniti.
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I think TRD is just fine.
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Old 02-01-2010, 09:34 AM   #20
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^^I agree.Stick with TRD. G sounds like too much like infiniti.

Seriously. What was wrong with TRD?
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Old 02-01-2010, 09:46 AM   #21
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Old 02-01-2010, 11:26 AM   #22
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Maybe they want to get way from the name TRD, because when you try to pronounce the acronym it comes out TuRD
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Maybe they want to get way from the name TRD, because when you try to pronounce the acronym it comes out TuRD
Why not make it TTA .. Toyota Team America, to complement TTE .. Toyota Team Europe, and leave TRD as Aus/Jap/Asia
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before there was TRD, there was the SR line.

SR5's usually meant nice little packages
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Old 02-01-2010, 12:18 PM   #25
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That's exactly what Mopar did for the SRT-4's. Toyota also had such a catelog for the rev2 MR2's (1992 - 1999) with TRD as well as parts from other aftermarket JDM companies. I remember the TRD widebody MR2 having an option for HKS cams, etc.
TRD is still available.... not sure if they use them on Toyota models but on their Scion vehicles TRD parts are still factory options!
But overall, Toyota's "F" and "G" thing is silly.... when they came out w/ their "F" line of parts, they were trying to give an impression that "F" had some sort of motorsport history..... come on now.
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