• Feb 26, 2009
Like a schizophrenic love affair, the on-again, off-again Subaru/Toyota rear-wheel drive coupe is apparently off again. That morsel of sobering news comes via Detroit Free Press columnist Mark Phelan, who says that both automakers now admit that the project has been put on hold. The inexpensive 2+2 sports coupes had been the subject of much speculation and a seemingly infinite number of renderings, and in fact what looked to be an early prototype had been spotted last year.

Many enthusiasts were hoping that the car would signal Toyota's intent to return to the performance heritage of the AE86 Corolla, while Subaru stood to benefit from having a sportier-bodied, less expensive coupe than the WRX (although the car's RWD configuration was seemingly at odds with the company's all-wheel drive ethos).

In any case, the goal of a pair of 2011 sports coupes has evidently fallen by the wayside as yet another victim of the global financial crisis. Despite this development, Toyota maintains its small stake in Subaru, and the two automakers will continue joint production of the Camry in Subaru's Lafeyette, Indiana facility.

Toyobaru, we hardly knew ye.

[Source: Detroit Free Press]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      What is the chance you'll see one of these on the road before the 2007 Camaro? Jeez, Transformers came out 20 months ago....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Toyota will forever be a builder of only boringmobiles. They keep trying to build something half-way exciting, and they stop. So lame.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think this is dumb...so much for the benefits of sharing costs amongst the companies in the development of this car. How is it that the largest manufacturer, who's in dire need of something that won't make journalists and consumers yawn like they've missed days of sleep, continuous to put this car on and off?

      It's embarrassing that Hyundai can put out the Genesis and its coupe form which are very likely more expensive cars, while Toyota/Subaru continue to fall back on their plans. Just make it and be done...even if it's crap, tuners will make something out of it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think there is room for a sporty offering even in this down economy. Espicially from Toyota, who currently has no such offerings.

      I do understand that even Toyota is having money issues right now, but surely there is a future SUV project they could cancel instead.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Listen to me Toyota and Subaru,
      I am getting my masters in Economics. You are screwing yourselves over here. And making one of the big mistakes that the Big 3 in America are. If you cancel cars that we want and will buy and that create a buzz about your company then you lose a lot of potential customers!

      Make this car happen! You need new cars, new designs, new technology. Trying to ride this out on old cars will only make this worse for you. Cause honestly, why buy yet another Corolla that is just like the old one, just new?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hmmm...who's resources do you rely on more at this point...

      Detroit Free Press -OR- 7Tune.com

      Personally I'll take 7Tune since they're tracked this concept cars development for over 4 years...ohh yeah and they're quoting only the Toyota Motor Company's President Akio Toyoda....this on and off again nonsense is stupid. Given the global economy they will make this car when they are financially secure.

      Take these opinions with a grain of salt.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am just dumbfounded how Toyota can afford to develop totally new and forgettable vehicles like the Venza and European Verso, which overlap with nearly every other vehicle in their lineup including the 43 different flavors of SUVs and Scions. However, they can't muster up the development cash to give buyers what they actually WANT! We want small premium 2 door coupes and hatches. And don't bother recycling your lame torsion beam'd Yaris chassis or current gas hog 4 cylinders.

      I GUARANTEE, in the next 6 months or year, after Toyota sees the phenomenal success of the new Genesis coupe, they will (or should consider) kicking themselves for being so incredibly boring. One would think that the sales success of other premium coupes like the Mini and the Altima would have caused them to get a clue. But at this point, I'm not so sure why I care whether Toyota follows through or not. At least there are desirable vehicles coming available from other makers. And better yet, they don't have the boring stigma associated with Toyota. I think I prefer to go with an underdog such as Hyundai which has been so responsive to customers desires.


      • 5 Years Ago
      It was going to be a dog anyway. Good riddance.
      • 5 Years Ago
      THIS IS SOOO FAIL!

      NOOOOO!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        cat, the tC is a cheap, squishy econobox, nothing more. Toyota needs to make a hybrid version. RWD on such a terrible handling and driving car would not help things one bit...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Toyota: Listen to Me.

        Rear-Wheel-Drive-Scion-tC. None of this FWD crap you have now. You can put RWD tC's into Formula D, yet not provide consumers with one?



      • 5 Years Ago
      On again, and off again, stop playing with my emotions and tell us what's going on already!

      Posted - http://www.code86.com - 086A Subaru-Toyota Coupe Community
      • 5 Years Ago
      All I know is that people loved the Supra and if Toyota made another it would have legions of fans and would possibly dislodge them from being a maker of appliance automobiles.

      This is one situation when you can have it both ways.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's a f'n shame that so many of these tools look to Hyundai and the most generic car maker of all generic car makers, Toyota for performance. F both of them, stick to grocery getting anti-cars, in other words who gives a flyin' f_ck
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