There are hints of the possible production of a new Toyota Supra as Toyota have recently filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office for that model name on the 16th of July 2010. The trademark previously expired in 2006 and will you believe it – the company hasn’t done anything till recently.
Adding to that, Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda told journalists in Japan, four days before, that he wants “to see the next Supra tested in the near future” but later went on to say “even if one president [Toyoda himself] says that we want to have a Supra again, the whole company is not going to be responding to that request.”
According to certain sources, the trademark system is designed around its use and a company is said to have three years to use the name until it’s considered abandoned. As we already know, Toyota hasn’t given the FT86 concept its official name, thus there is an already available model to take on the legendary moniker, although the new FR-86 seems more like a new Toyota Celica than a fire-breathing twin-turbocharged Supra.
Only time will tell but if Mr Toyoda’s words are anything to go on, we could see a Supra very soon, if the board decides it is financially viable.