When Toyota set about creating the GT86, the guiding principle was that it should be a car devoted to the pure passion of driving. It’s an ethos that has helped earn the sports coupe worldwide acclaim, and now the honour of being named TopGear magazine’s Car of the Year 2012.
Toyota is proud of the fact it created the compact SUV market with the launch of the original RAV4 back in 1994.
That pioneering three-door model – its name standing for Recreational Active Vehicle 4-wheel drive – was quite different from traditional 4x4s, being conceived as an “urban” all-wheel drive vehicle with a monocoque chassis rather than body-on-frame construction, and independent suspension. Power came from a relatively small 2.0-litre, transverse mounted petrol engine.