More often than not I find myself thinking that one of the reasons I like Toyota is because it’s a real company made of genuine people. No hype, no bull, just a simple mission – making good cars – and an honest way of going about it.
Today was such a day. I had the privilege to attend the Toyota GAZOO Racing Festival at the Fuji Speedway near Tokyo, Japan. The festival is an annual event, but this year was a bit special because it was the chosen event for Toyota to unveil the much-awaited, new rear-wheel drive sports car whose prototype version was known as the FT-86. You would think that a big car company would go out of its way to produce an extravagant show for such an anticipated occasion. After all, some have said that the car symbolises the “rebirth” of the company under the leadership of President Akio Toyoda. It’s also a kind of car that Toyota, and others in the industry, haven’t made in a long time: an accessible rear-wheel drive sports car that promises to be a true driver’s car.