Toyota to release four teasers in Geneva

Toyota is poised to unveil two new contrasting concepts at the eagerly anticipated Geneva motor show next month, according to reports.

The Japanese car manufacturer has revealed sketches for a two potential stars of the future in the form of the FT-86 Open and the Toyota i-Road.

It hopes to use the annual Geneva motor show to gauge public opinion to the ideas, while pressing ahead with the first prototypes away from the spotlight.

The FT-86 Open concept will provide motoring enthusiasts with a sneak peak into a possible upgrade to the award-winning GT86 sports coupe, and could be ready for sale sometime next year.

Despite the GT86 only being released in the UK last summer, speculation been mounting that a convertible stablemate could be in the pipeline.

Initial designs for Toyota's i-Road model will also be revealed at the Swiss expo, with a zero-emissions concept hoping to deliver a nippy two-seater designed specifically for driving around towns and cities.

Toyota described the i-Road as "a compact, fun and emissions-free personal mobility concept, designed to offer quick and efficient urban transport for two people".

Both concepts will be competing for attention with the production-ready Toyota Auris Touring Sports and the fourth-generation Toyota RAV4, with both vehicles preparing to launch in Geneva.

The British-built Auris Touring Sports is expected to be similar to the Auris estate, which debuted at the Paris motor show last year and should be released in the UK later this year.

An estimated 39 million Auris models have rolled off the production line since 1966, but Toyota has promised the 2013 version will be "more engaging to drive and more rewarding to own".

Toyota hope the new Auris will strengthen its European portfolio in the months ahead and intends the Auris Touring Sports to become "a new reference point in the market for medium-size estate cars, supported by its strong, contemporary styling, excellent luggage capacity and unique-in-segment full hybrid powertrain option".

The fourth-generation Toyota RAV4 is to makes its European debut in Geneva before going on sale in the UK early next month and will feature alongside two special design studies - the RAV4 Premium and RAV4 Adventure.

Toyota said the new SUV "builds on its pioneering heritage" and puts a "greater emphasis on the qualities demanded by the modern families that are at the heart of its target market, without sacrificing its core values".

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