• Mar 3, 2009
Last April, Toyota and Subaru announced a joint rear-drive sports coupe for 2011, but recent economic struggles and a focus on more efficient vehicles led many to believe that the project could be delayed or even canceled. It now appears this isn't the case. Inside Line is quoting inside PR sources in Japan as saying that the project is still very much alive. The Toyobaru will utilize a new Subaru platform converted for RWD, with power coming from Subaru's 2.0L Boxer engine.

Japanese business paper Nikkei reported in December that the joint project would be delayed until 2012, but spokespeople from both companies say the project is very much on track. Plans for the new vehicle have gone through some changes, though. Under the original plan, Subaru was to build the vehicles at a new factory in Oizumi, Japan. Due to the current economic climate, the new plan is to built the Toyobaru in Subaru's existing Gunma facility.

[Source: Inside Line]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Toyota! Shorten the IS platform slightly, give it a new bodyshell more in line with the Corolla design language, take out a few gizmos, stick in a sweet engine, and call it an AE86 and a day.
        • 5 Years Ago
        that would weigh too much and cost too much
      • 5 Years Ago
      Still not a true AE86 successor. Toyota could make a light RWD platform by its own, instead of relying on Subaru, as they did when released the original AE86...
      • 5 Years Ago
      My prediction is that the STi will fade away, the WRX will usurp the throne, and this coupe will be slotted just below the latter. Besides, the WRX has existed longer (1992) than the STi variant as it is.

      Personally, I hope it gets delayed even further. I need plenty of time to buy a car like this in cash.

      I would love to see the current Legacy's design moving over to here when the new Outback/Legacy twins arrive later this summer. It would be a damn sexy machine.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What an ingenious idea of Toyota/Subaru.
      As any Initial D freak knows, the story takes place in Haruna (real name of Akina.) Which is in the Gunma prefecture.
      So lets hope to see some spy shots of a white protoype with some black plastic camo doing tofu deliveries in the middle of the night.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ugh im so tired, this has been an emocional roller coaster. Im exited one day then depressed the other, so ill believe it when i see it. I wish TRD Australia had something to do with its styling.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Toyota financing. Toyota gets a version of the vehicle, Subaru gets the money to build it. Perks of owning a piece of another company...you can make them do the hard work (i.e. trying to make it drive a bit less pedestrian than your typical mainstream Toyota product).
        • 5 Years Ago
        "...trying to make it drive a bit less pedestrian than your typical mainstream Toyota product."

        It's a Subaru. It'll drive like a REAL sports car and be dependable like...a Subaru.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ugh...comment was for mm325987. Stupid system.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I agree with boxerFanatic that a 3 door STi is muchly needed. Some of us want a modern take on the 22b coupe (or in my case an AWD turbo boxer powered VW Corrado like vehicle:)

      And Autoblog where's my love for the TIP ;)
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am assuming the car will be watered down like the Mitsu Eclipse because it might hurt the Impreza STI image??
        • 5 Years Ago
        That is stupid for Mitsubishi to do, and would be even more foolish for Subaru or Toyota to do.

        If they were smart, they would remember that many cars used to come in multiple bodystyles.

        And if they are that worried, why does the Impreza and WRX 4-door compete so closely with Legacy 2.5i and GT four-doors?

        Personally, I would rather see 3 and 5 door Impreza/WRX/STI bodystyles, and 4-door Legacy/GT/H6 models.

        Saying that a different bodystyle will cannibalize each other makes very little sense, and tends to be an excuse for not offering product diversification.
        • 5 Years Ago
        too late. the STi image died 3 or 4 years ago.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now the 240SX successor can come into play again. Come on Nissan do it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nissan has been coyly discussing a successor to the S15 Silvia for about five years now. No idea if it'll make it to the NA market though.
        • 5 Years Ago
        according to Nissan, that is dead
      • 5 Years Ago
      Once I see even a fuzzy image of something that even looks similar to this, perhaps painted with some black and white squiggles, then I will get maybe interested. So far, it is a just a very nice doodle.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is rediculous. Toyota can't take any credit on this because it is being developed by Subaru and powered by Subaru. Toyota is just slapping their logo on it. And I agree this is vaporware because nothing has been official yet.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's not like Toyota doesn't make RWD cars today. The IS250 is still the fastest in slalom test of all the sedans Edmunds has ever tested, for example.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I said this on the Legacy forums...

      VAPORWARE until I see something. A leak, a concept, an official announcement, something. PLEASE GIVE US SOMETHING, SUBARU or TOYOTA!!!

      I want this SOOO bad. A boxer powered light weight coupe, with RWD or AWD...

      But I am getting sea-sick with all of this "on-again, off-again" stuff.
        • 5 Years Ago
        there was an official joint statement from toy-ubaru, that is where most of the current info is from

        all the on again, off again is rumor and hearsay
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