• Aug 10, 2007
A report in Japan's Asahi Shimbun newspaper states that Toyota and Fuji Heavy Industries (Subaru's parent) are mulling over the possibility of jointly developing what many have been referring to as the successor to the classic AE86. The entry-level sports car would be branded as a Toyota but would feature a FHI-sourced boxer engine of 2.0 liters or less underhood. As far as pricing, the goal would be to keep the car at ¥2,000,000 or lower. Asahi says that the car would target a 2010 release (not 2008, as previously reported by Japan's Best Car magazine) and that talks between the two entities won't commence in earnest until this Fall.

The Asahi report comes in the wake of the aforementioned Best Car magazine story, which also said Fuji Heavy would factor into the equation, but that a price of ¥1,500,000 was the target. While the two outlets differ on some of the specifics, the basic stories match up, and you know the saying: "Where there's smoke..."

In other news, Asahi reports that Toyota subsidiary Daihatsu will begin supplying its Coo compact wagon (a.k.a. Toyota bB) to Fuji Heavy, and that a Subaru-branded version should go on sale in Japan next summer.

[Source: Asahi Shimbun via Motor Authority]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      So something good may come of this Toyota/Subaru partnership afterall.

      RWD coupe + 2.0l boxer for under $15k would be enough to make me a Toyota fanboy.

      But remember, folks, that if it were to come to the US it would most definitely have the 2.5 liter boxer producing around 165hp. So it will be heavier. BUT, the good news is that later on they'll have the option of dropping the WRX 2.5liter turbocharged powerplant right in, or even the STI powerplant! And in Japan they'll probably get the 2.0 liter turbocharged powerplant from their S-GT.

      This would be an earth-shattering car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Well at least that photoshop using the Scion Fuse concept looks better than that Celica rip with front bumpers. Hopefully this will see the light of day!

      Now where's our new Supra and MR2??
      • 7 Years Ago
      Honda you watching? Why you insist on front wheel drive econoboxes? Even Toyota, the mother of all washing machines is more exciting than you. No ones intersted in super dooper all wheel drive. Get your ingredients right and give us something interesting.
        • 7 Years Ago
        sounds exciting. But will it be that ugly??? that is the question.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I always blame Honda NA for their boring cars and half-ass Si variants. Also blame the fact that Honda does not want Type R cars competing with Acuras. They think if it's real performance, then they slap some leather on some of the cars, jack the price, give it a lame three letter name, and call it an Acura.

        Euro Honda Accord: TSX
        Honda Integra: Acura RSX
        Eventual rear-wheel drive car to compete with the new AE86: Acura ?SX


        Hondas in other countries are fine be me.

        Toyota is making slow progress. They've had their eggs all in one basket (which is/was hybrids), and now since that is working, why not something actually sporty?

        Why does it also seem that both Honda and Toyota want to avoid insurance companies? How liable would they be if they made relatively inexpensive performance cars?
        • 7 Years Ago
        I need to know how much to pay for an 86 toyota corolla hatchback. Please help
      • 7 Years Ago
      Also Geo:

      The red car is only a mock-up by the magazine. If you didn't see that, then that's scary.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "you know the saying: "Where there's smoke...""

      ...there's a new spectacular drift car coming down the line!!!

      mmmm.... delicious tire smoke.....
      • 7 Years Ago
      fuji heavy=subaru

      I would like to see a STI powered RWD car,that would be nice.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Lets not forget that Honda makes the S2000, that alone makes them more sporty than Toyota. At least Honda is attempting. Toyota just gave up and started making old(s) mobiles.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I called it!
      http://www.autoblog.com/2007/07/06/welcome-back-to-the-rumormill-toyota-developing-cheap-rwd-coupe/2

      I'd love to see it accept a swap from the higher power Sube powerplants.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Toyota has officially lost their soul.

      They're going to badge engineer the bB (Scion xB) in Japan?

      In what way is Toyota not a complete clone of GM now?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Resale value? ;)
      • 7 Years Ago
      2 things to worry about:

      why does the red concept look exactly like a Civic?

      if it has a turbo, what will they do in Australia?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Aaron,

        In Australia there is a restriction for beginning drivers durign their first 3 years. They drive with p plates and there is a list of cars called the p-plate banned list. Consists of forced induction and v8 cars. So if this car was turbo'd no p-platers could own one.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Geo:

        In a previous article, we almost all agreed that it was a Civic with some Lexus front end (forgot the name, was it the IS?).

        No one knows if it's going to be a turbo or not, but why would it matter in Australia if it did?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like an evolved fourth or fifth gen celica to me. I guess Toyota is finally getting some real sport car with soul again. Their last one was the MRS and the supra. I'm more into the technological advance part of having a boxer engine over the oh it should be an inline 4 high rev just to be AE86 in spirit.

      Autoblog: Plz fix your website I'm getting this annoying v3.sandbox blah blah login box. I think your php script is broken.

      Sharon:
      "I need to know how much to pay for an 86 toyota corolla hatchback. Please help"

      Err my friend was selling his for $10k (that was in 2003). I think it was sport model 86 toyota corolla hatchback whatever. It was all stock and everything was perfect. But he did drift a lot with it. Does that help? lol. He was going to use the money to buy the MR-Spyder (which is better than AE86 imo).


      • 7 Years Ago
      Even if its ugly I'll buy it, its meant to be tuned.
      • 7 Years Ago
      In addition to RWD, tho, it's gotta be styled right. The AE86 had great lines, and some of the fugly photochops that have surfaced on the intertubes have not lived up to the heritage, IMO. And I'm totally with Todd...bring on the Supra and Mister 2!
        • 7 Years Ago
        yeah, it maybe RWD, but it also needs to *LOOK* RWD as well...
        wasnt there some posts on here a while back about the merits of cars that look RWD designe.
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