Toyota has confirmed its plans to build a “fun-to-drive” rear-wheel-drive sports car in a joint venture with Subaru.
New Toyota president Akio Toyoda said the car, dubbed the ‘Toyobaru’, would be launched within the next few years and it would be “an exciting and fun driving experience”, as well as being affordable.
Speaking at a conference in the US, Toyoda said, “My hope is that I can transfer some enthusiasm from the race track to our road vehicles. I want to see Toyota build cars that are fun and exciting to drive.
“I am very excited about it, and I plan to fast track it.”
Toyota owns a stake in Subaru’s parent company, Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. The model had previously been put on hold last September due to the slump in new car sales.
Toyota US executive Jim Lentz confirmed the new sports car would be a joint venture between Toyota and Subaru and he had driven it.