While remaining tight-lipped on which cars would make it into production, Toyota has hinted that a replacement MR2 sports car is close, alongside a new people-carrier. The third vehicle is likely to be an off-roader. In addition, the company's upper medium contender, the Avensis, will soon offer customers a choice of direct injection petrol or common rail diesel technology as Toyota seeks to regain its reputation for frugal fuel efficiency which it cemented with its leanburn engines.
Juan Jose Diaz Ruiz, executive vice-president of Toyota Motor Europe Marketing and Engineering, said the Toyota range would also see one model facelifted later this year. The breadth of Toyota's vehicle range will lead the company to specialise in three product streams: 'fun and comfort' cars, which will cover everything from the Yaris to the Camry; 'sport and leisure' for sports cars, off-roaders and 4x4s, plus commercial vehicles.