Polyphony Digital boss Kazunori Yamauchi has said Gran Turismo 5 and Gran Turismo PSP are both very much alive and kicking.

"There's no real plans that we can discuss just now, but production is moving forward," Yamauchi told IGN (spotted by VG247), in reference to the PS3 product.

When asked about the PSP version he replied, "I can only answer the same for that as well, but it is moving forward. It hasn't been knocked off of the plans: it's there."

PlayStation boss Shuhei Yoshida told us back in October that Gran Turismo PSP still exists, despite the fact there's been little info since it was first announced years ago.

Yamauchi has previously said work on the portable game will begin proper after Gran Turismo 5 launches, which is expected to be late next year.

As far as work on that game goes, Yamauchi thinks his team has reached the "target level" of detail on the vehicles. In the future, they will work on bringing the environments and the people in them up to the same level. Plus, of course, there's the online mode to be tackled.

"We've only done a very small part of what we want to do online. And, of course, there are a lot of things you can do online that we haven't even touched yet," said Yamauchi.

"We're really on the starting line for online futures. We're going to need a lot of software improvements, hardware improvements, and then infrastructure improvements all around the world."

When Yamauchi thinks to the future of online, he plans content for internet connections "ten-thousand-times faster", apparently.

The most recent release from Polyphony Digital was Gran Turismo 5 Prologue back in March. Pop over to our GT5 Prologue review to find out what we thought.

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