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TMR Team | May, 07 2013 | 10 Comments

Former Holden chief Mark Reuss, now head of GM's North American operations, has revealed desires for a model he can pitch at buyers of the Toyota 86.

Sold in the US as the Scion FR-S - and also in global markets as the Subaru BRZ - Toyota's lightweight rear-wheel-drive coupe is built on a philosophy of affordability.

In an interview with US industry paper Automotive News, Reuss spoke of hopes for a new model that would have the same appeal. Something in the vein of last year's Chevrolet 130R concept.

"A really nice, light, rear-drive car that's inexpensive - we know that rings a bell," Reuss said. "That'd be a huge win for us if we had that."

When the 130R was unveiled, GM's Chevrolet arm said that if it were to move the concept to production, it would target buyers with a budget in the low US$20,000 range.

Don't get too excited, though: Reuss added that there's currently nothing on the agenda that fits the bill.

Still, with the 130R concept picking up "really strong" feedback from showgoers and fans, the carmaker may be closer to signing off on the idea that you'd think.

Heading off any styling speculation, Reuss added that any potential new affordable sports model would be unlikely to look like that "already dated" concept.

As for its platform, while the midsized rear-wheel-drive platform of the Cadillac ATS is a potential starter, Reuss said that a new affordable sports car would be more likely to use a brand-new scaleable platform.

For now, fans of Chevrolet's sports cars will need to dig deep, with options limited to the more expensive Corvette, Camaro and SS sedan models.

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