Toyota has announced that it will show a concept car code-named Furia at the Detroit Auto Show next month. The sedan is likely to experiment with ideas for the Toyota Corolla, which is being updated next year. Furia appears to continue trends from the Scion FR-S.
The name is very close to Plymouth’s long-standing Fury, which debuted in 1956 as a high-performance muscle car, capable of over 140 mph. The Plymouth Fury continued as a performance car into 1957 and 1958, when Motor Trend timed it doing 0-60 in 7.7 seconds (Impala ran 9.1 and Fairlane 500, 10.2). In 1960, the name was devoted to all top-of-the-line Plymouths, and performance was relegated to the Sport Fury.
Many Americans recall the final Fury lines of the 1970s, when the name was put onto what had been the mid-sized Plymouth Belvedere; it gained tremendous popularity as a police car, and can still be seen on numerous TV programs in reruns, including Hill Street Blues and T.J. Hooker. The large Fury continued under the name Gran Fury; that name was later attached to Plymouth’s version of the Dodge Diplomat/Chrysler New Yorker in the 1980s.
The Fury name was dropped in the United States after the 1989 model year, along with the final rear-wheel-drive sedans of the old Chrysler Corporation. [See: the Plymouth Fury]