​Extended alliance between Japanese car makers also includes all-wheel-drive and hybrid technologies
Rachel Burgess
27 September 2019

The future of the Toyota GT86 and Subaru BRZ sports cars is secure, after the two Japanese car makers announced an extension of their partnership.

New GT86 and BRZ models were in question, given the high costs of sports car development and relatively low sales. The introduction of the Toyota GR Supra, jointly developed with the BMW Z4, also cast a doubt over whether the firm needed two halo cars. However, today’s news secures both the GT86 and BRZ’s existence for the coming decade.

Toyota and Subaru first joined forces in 2005. Along with sports car development, their agreement included production by Subaru of Toyota vehicles and supply by Toyota of vehicles to Subaru. 

Earlier this year, the companies announced they would jointly develop a dedicated platform for electric vehicles, in a similar vein to Volkswagen's MEB platform, as well as jointly developing an electric SUV that will use Subaru’s all-wheel-drive technology and Toyota’s electrification systems.

This latest announcement includes Toyota increasing its equity stake in Subaru, giving it 20% of voting rights, and Subaru acquiring shares in Toyota. The move has the aim “of further developing and strengthening” the partnership, the firms said.

Toyota and Subaru confirmed that this latest tie-up includes joint development of the new GT86 and BRZ, expanding use of the Toyota’s hybrid system in Subaru models (it's already offered on the Crosstrek/XV in the US) and joint work on connected vehicles and autonomous driving.

The agreemeent will bring together “both companies' strengths to jointly develop all-wheel-drive models that offer the ultimate sensation in all-wheel driving,” said the announcement, adding the two are “in pursuit of making ever-better cars beyond that achieved thus far by Toyota and Subaru”.

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27 September 2019

I'd rather have a new MR2.

Or a hot hatch model of the new Yaris - but not with some ridiculous price tag like the current model GRMN - it doesn't need to be so specialised / unique, just a decent drive with a realistic price tag for a hot supermini.

27 September 2019

I owned a GT86 for a year and I only sold it because I love topless motoring and can only justify one fun car in the garage.

Despite a crappy engine for everyday use, it was immensely rewarding on track, flattering actually as it made me feel a driving god after I discovered the "pedal dance" (Google is your friend ).

 

 

27 September 2019

A car just crying out for a more power option!!!!

27 September 2019
xxxx wrote:

A car just crying out for a more power option!!!!

 

All it ever really needed was more torque and lower down the rev range.

27 September 2019
Zeddy wrote:

xxxx wrote:

A car just crying out for a more power option!!!!

All it ever really needed was more torque and lower down the rev range.

Be careful TakeItSlower will be after you, just wait for it!

29 September 2019
Zeddy wrote:

xxxx wrote:

A car just crying out for a more power option!!!!

 

All it ever really needed was more torque and lower down the rev range.

 

Following all the ill informed nonsense from the one who cannot spell its name, this post has it, spot on.

27 September 2019
xxxx wrote:

A car just crying out for a more power option!!!!

 

You spouted that tosh previously and were told that the OEM's, wanted them as is. Don't like them, don't buy them, miss out on what they offer, go buy something more powerful and leave them to the motorists who understand the point.

27 September 2019
Takeitslowly wrote:

xxxx wrote:

A car just crying out for a more power option!!!!

You spouted that tosh previously and were told that the OEM's, wanted them as is. Don't like them, don't buy them, miss out on what they offer, go buy something more powerful and leave them to the motorists who understand the point.

Don't like my opinion, jog on, but do some research first on Turbo kits for this car first OR read other comments on it.  Might help you understand the car world a little better. 

You're a true idiot of the first order!

29 September 2019
xxxx wrote:

Takeitslowly wrote:

xxxx wrote:

A car just crying out for a more power option!!!!

You spouted that tosh previously and were told that the OEM's, wanted them as is. Don't like them, don't buy them, miss out on what they offer, go buy something more powerful and leave them to the motorists who understand the point.

Don't like my opinion, jog on, but do some research first on Turbo kits for this car first OR read other comments on it.  Might help you understand the car world a little better. 

You're a true idiot of the first order!

 

You have just made my point for me...did you realise?...you don't post opinions...that would be to suggest you are even basically informed about the subject, when your posts clearly show the opposite...next?.

27 September 2019
xxxx wrote:

A car just crying out for a more power option!!!!

Totally agree, a more power option, keeping the standard car which is more than enough for me and normal road use I'd have thought, and it suits what the car was designed for. But how many more sales could they have made if there was a more powerful spec? Will it happen though or will a more powerful versions price come too close to the supra?

But I do think you're right, the standard car is spot on but there are many being modded so why not take advantage of that and provide the upgrade from the factory.

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