There has always been a distinction between the characteristics of American made cars and Japanese made cars. American cars were often described as large and stylish while Japanese vehicles were seen as small, practical and economical. This is probably the reason why the introduction of the Toyota MR2 came as a surprise to many. Sure, the Toyota MR2 was made by a Japanese auto manufacturer and it was small, but there was little practicality in the car and neither was it economical. The Toyota MR2 was sporty and stylish; something that looks like a hybrid between an American car and a Japanese car.
The Toyota MR2 is a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive, two-seater sports car that was manufactured and sold by Toyota from 1984 until the present. There have been three generations of the car; the first two were coupes while the last was a soft-top convertible. Because the body style of the third generation Toyota MR2 was distinct compared to its predecessors, it was also specially named as the Toyota MR2 Spyder (Toyota MR-S in Japan and Toyota MR2 Roadster in Europe).
So what's the story behind the not-so-Japanese style of the Toyota MR2? The vehicle wasn't really supposed to be a sports car, or at least not when the project to design the car started. The car was supposed to be a new Japanese car concept that is fun to drive yet economical. Along the design process, however, new ideas sprouted up, and the car eventually became the mid-engine, rear wheel drive sports car Toyota MR2 that we know today.
So, was the Toyota MR2 a failure for the Toyota design team? Certainly not! While Toyota may have failed to create the fun to drive economy car they want, they ended up creating an impressive sports car that was definitely better than what they originally had in mind. Equipped with high quality Toyota MR2 parts, including the powerful engines and lightweight body parts that all three generations of the car were geared with, the Toyota MR2 impressed the world with its one of a kind performance.