• Jun 30th 2010 at 6:20PM
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Subaru sees a demand for 1.3- and 1.5-liter cars in Japan at the same time as it sees a void in its lineup of vehicles with that displacement. To plug that hole, Subaru is turning to Toyota for a supply of its Ractis subcompact, a five-door, five-seater that offers both of the relevant engine sizes and comes in two-wheel and all-wheel drive.

Toyota will ship roughly 10,000 models to Subaru every year, to begin once the Ractis, on sale since 2005, comes in for thorough revision. It's the first time Toyota has agreed to supply a Japanese carmaker with finished products, perhaps aided in this case by the fact that Toyota owns 16.5% of Fuji Heavy Industries, Subaru's parent company.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Seems a little high risk to me.

      But then again the auto market seems to be one big orgy anyway!

      • 5 Years Ago
      Up until this year, didn't Toyota already build a rebadged Passo (actually a Daihatsu Boon) that Subie sold as a Justy in Japan and parts of Europe? I assume those left the Toyota factory as complete cars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Subaru back in WRC with the new "Justy"? ........
      • 5 Years Ago
      Rebirth of the Justy? Possible importation to the US to fill a gap that Subaru really needs to fill?

      I hope.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Subaru had stated earlier this year (or last year?) that they didn't feel they needed to pursue the b-segment in the U.S. I, too, wish they'd bring over a new AWD Justy. Being a fan of small cars, I know that is shocking. Suzuki has the AWD SX4, Nissan is releasing the AWD Juke, MINI will have the AWD Countryman. Sounds like a good time to bring a Justy back to me. Or not.
      • 5 Years Ago
      IMO, not that anyone cares, this would be a better rival for the Fit in the US than the Yaris hatch (aka "5-door liftback").
      • 5 Years Ago
      Whoop-dee-eww if that's a Subaru.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Message to Subaru: stock up on blank recall notices and put a boatload of attorneys on retainer then practice crying.
      • 5 Years Ago
      How does this benefit Toyota? Aren't they just making cars for their competitor? Seems like Subaru's profit margin would be pretty slim too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      wow, just what we need...more runaway toyota's! whats the slogan " we are unstopable!"
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can't wait to drive this in the one-make races in GT5!

      Oh wait....
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