We just showed you the oldest Ford Motor Company car in existence. Ford Motor Company changed the auto industry (and the world) in the early 20th century, but by the end of that century, another industrial powerhouse, Toyota, was itself changing the industry Henry Ford had helped shape. In 1997, the Toyota Corolla became the best selling automobile nameplate, surpassing the VW Beetle, which itself supplanted Henry’s Model T from first place. The Furia concept is said to be the next Corolla, they even called it the “Corolla Furia”. I’m not sure what Henry would have made of the Furia, introduced at the 2013 NAIAS. I suspect he would have thought it more than a bit superfluous – remember Henry was the guy who had to be dragged, kicking and screaming, into replacing the Model T after being in production for almost two decades. Regarding the Furia, the jury is out on how much of the concept’s dramatic design will make it to Toyota’s notoriously conservative production styling.
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