The 2011 Tokyo Auto Show this December is where Toyota and Subaru intend to officially introduce their versions of the jointly developed "Toyobaru." Next year, Toyota will start selling its version of the new boxer-engined, rear-drive sports coupe in North America as the Scion FR-S. Meanwhile, Subaru’s 2.0-liter coupe will start production in spring 2012, with U.S. sales to start soon after.
The launch of this car arrives almost four years after they announced the program in April 2008. Many prototypes were presented at different international auto shows since then.
The FR-S was shown off last month at the 2011 New York Auto Show after its sibling, the Toyota FT-86 II, was introduced at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show.
Subaru had also displayed a transparent concept detailing the car's boxer engine, rear-drive architecture and suspension, in Subaru. Even as Subaru has focused on making the all-wheel drive an integral part of its brand, this sports car is built on a unique rear-wheel-drive platform.
According to sources in Japan, Subaru doesn’t have plans to make an AWD version. It also doesn’t plan to make a turbocharged version of Subaru's latest high-revving 2.0-liter four-cylinder flat-4 envisioned. This entire concept of the coupe is reportedly outdated.
The Toyobaru aims to be a 2012 reboot of the original born-to-drift AE86 Corolla. Under the Toyota-Subaru development program, Toyota handles product planning and design, while Subaru is responsible for development and production.
There will only be one model each for the two companies but they will have styling features to differentiate them.