Here's another bit of interesting speculation about Toyota.
The Auto Express is reporting that Toyota is developing a "performance hybrid" vehicle that will compete with the new Honda CR-Z. The new car is said to be powered by a version of the Prius engine, but with power routed to the rear-wheels via a paddle-shifted transmission. I couldn't find anything in the article that specifically states the new car will be mid-engined, but Toyota executive vice president Masatami Takimoto did tell Auto Express "We are aware of the fondness with which the MR2 is held in the UK and Europe, and are developing a small hybrid sports car".
In keeping with the tradition of past MR2's, the new car would be affordable and fun to drive, as well as deliver great fuel economy from it's hybrid powertrain. Imagine being able to walking into your local Toyota dealership and seeing this "new MR2" sitting in the showroom next to the new Toyota-Subaru FR coupe….
Source: Auto Express