Subaru boss confirms complete BRZ/FR-S/GT86 model change
In a recent interview with Automotive News, President of Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI), Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, confirmed a new-generation Subaru BRZ/Scion FR-S/Toyota GT86 is coming. Fans have been wondering when Subaru and Toyota would come out with the new model change for the rear-drive two-door sports coupe, and it looks like it’s going to be sooner rather than later. FHI president Yoshinaga says the relationship between the two automakers will continue to produce another generation model.
Toyota and Subaru partnership
The relationship between Subaru and Toyota is a partnership that will continue to be strong because Toyota owns 16.5 percent of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., maker of Subaru vehicles. Subaru and Toyota do not have any new projects beyond the BRZ/FR-S/GT86 sports coupe, but they do have plans to continue to develop the current model beyond this generation. Toyota and Subaru will develop the new-generation BRZ/FR-S/GT86 together and combine their product and engineering technologies like they did when they developed the sports car in 2012.
Partnership focus changes
FHI formed a basic agreement from the business alliance with Toyota on October 2005. But that ends as the 2016 Toyota Camry will be the last model year that Subaru produces for their Japanese business partner. Production of the 2016 Toyota Camry will end in the fall of 2016. Now Subaru and Toyota will shift the partnership from production to product and engineering. The Subaru boss says the partnership is changing and said, “We want to continue that shift.”
A new generation is coming
When asked by Automotive News if a next generation of the BRZ is planned, Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, confirmed a new-generation Subaru BRZ/Scion FR-S/Toyota GT86 is coming. He said, “The full-model change of the BRZ will happen, but we have not decided about other new projects.” He also said Toyota will be Subaru's partner for the next generation. Yoshinaga went on to say, “Yes, of course. We cannot produce or develop the BRZ without the support of Toyota. That is our hope and intent, but we haven't made a contract or such yet. The BRZ is an important model for Subaru, so we will continue to develop the BRZ with Toyota.”
The first generation Subaru BRZ/Scion FR-S/Toyota GT86 is a great drivers' car which was Subaru and Toyota’s goal all along. The rear-drive two-door sports coupe offers a great sports car design, low vehicle weight, an ultra-low center of gravity and precision steering and it offers a low starting price. Of course Yasuyuki Yoshinaga did not reveal any details about the new model, but Subaru and Toyota will produce a next-generation model and we will likely see it arrive in 2016 as a 2017 model. But don’t look for it to have AWD, or be offered in a convertible variant. Will it come with a new turbocharged boxer engine? Stay tuned.