Drop-Top GT86 Concept Off to Geneva

Toyota previews lineup for 2013 Geneva Motor Show including FT86 Open and i-Road concepts.

Toyota insiders recently hinted that the long-awaited open-top variant of the GT86 would premiere at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, and the Japanese automaker has just confirmed as much in previewing the models it's bringing to next month's show. The FT-86 Open concept "previews a possible future development of the award-winning GT86 sports coupe." So if the public like it, which they doubtless will, Toyota plans to put it into production, perhaps as early as 2014. In the meantime it will forge ahead with engineering tests on a prototype.

To save weight, a GT-86 convertible will likely utilize an electronically-operated folding fabric roof instead of the heavier retractable hard-top option with the tiny rear seats sacrificed to make room for storage. Alongside the drop-top GT86 concept will be the Toyota i-Road concept, which the automaker describes as an "emissions-free personal mobility concept, designed to offer quick and efficient urban transport for two people." The production-ready Auris Touring Sports will make its first public appearance, while the new RAV4 will make its European debut supported by a pair of design studies, the RAV4 Premium and RAV4 Adventure.

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