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FT-86 Concept as Toyota or Scion in U.S.?

Sporty coupe is joint Toyota/Subaru effort.

by on Oct.21, 2009

Versions of the FT-86 will show up in both Toyota and Subaru showrooms, though in the U.S., it might be badged Scion.

Versions of the FT-86 will show up in both Toyota and Subaru showrooms, though in the U.S., it might be badged Scion.

In an otherwise lackluster 2009 Tokyo Motor Show, there’ll be a lot of attention paid to the few new products of any serious merit – and one of those is the eagerly-awaited Toyota FT-86, the rebirth of one of the Japanese giant’s most heralded nameplates.

Officially, the prototype going on display today at Makuhari Messe is nothing more than a show car, but unlike some of the wild and wacky models that have a way of popping up at the biennial Japanese event, then vanishing, never to be seen again, our sources confirm that the FT-86 will reappear in the not-too-distant future, though one of the unanswered questions is which badge it will wear in the U.S.

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It’s possible it will make the jump across the Pacific as a Toyota, but it is also possible, we’re told, that the FT-86 concept could show up as the replacement for the Scion tC, the youth-oriented marque’s most sporty model.

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