Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86/Scion FR-S begin production

Subaru BRZ comes off assembly line

The first Subaru BRZ sports car rolls off the assembly line.

They’re rolling off the line at Subaru’s Gunma Main Plant. The Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86—to be sold in the United States as the Scion FR-S—are in production, with off-line ceremonies being held today. The much anticipated sports cars, the product of collaboration between Subaru and Toyota, will begin arriving in the U.S.  as 2013 models this spring.

The mechanically-identical cars will use an all-new naturally-aspirated horizontally-opposed engine from Subaru. The 200 horsepower engine, made by Subaru, will be the first of its kind for Toyota, while rear drive is a novelty for Subaru, which has staked its reputation—at least until the Subaru BRZ—on an all-wheel drive layout for all of its vehicles.

At the off-line ceremony, attended by the top brass of both Toyota and Subaru, Toyota Motor Corporation president Akio Toyoda said, “I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the ceaseless efforts of all FHI people and staff who were involved in the development, production and preparations for both models. The Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 would not have been successfully developed without collaboration between FHI and TMC. We started the alliance for mutual growth in 2005 and now I’m delighted to see that our alliance surely bore fruit.”

FHI President Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, also speaking at the ceremony, said, “The car symbolizes our corporate strategy in two significant aspects: good progress of our alliances; and advancement of our ‘select and focus’ approach. The start of production today made a huge step for us, but it is not our goal. By constantly refining both models, TMC and FHI hope to nourish each model to be loved by customers all over the world for a long time to come.”