Toyota now owns the fifth part of the Subaru. New BRZ and GT86 are comingSeptember 28, 2019
Japanese companies announced further joint plans. The companies will continue to work together on cars of both brands.
The partnership between Toyota and Subaru has been going on for quite some time. So, back in 2005, Toyota acquired a 9.5% stake in Fuji Heavy Industries (the so-called Subaru), then the package grew to 16.83%. And after the new agreement, which was announced today, September 27, 2019, Toyota will already own a fifth of Subaru – the share will increase to 20%.
Toyota will spend 80 billion yen on the acquisition. By the way, Subaru will invest the same amount of money to buy Toyota shares. However, the size of the companies is so diverse that this package will be very small: Japanese firms have not even announced what proportion of Subaru will have in Toyota after the deal.
The companies will continue to develop joint projects. Among them, work on the e-TNGA platform for electric cars. This platform will be designed for models with front, rear and four-wheel drive. Subsequently, it will form the basis of the new “outlet” car, which will be produced under two brands. To create it, it is planned to use Toyota’s developments in the field of electrification of cars and AWD technology from Subaru.
The plans also announced some new all-wheel drive models, apparently, here we are not talking about “clean” electric vehicles. There are no details about them yet. In addition, as part of the agreement, Toyota’s hybrid systems will appear on other Subaru cars (now they are being used by the hybrid Crosstrek / XV). Also, manufacturers will cooperate in the development of unmanned vehicles.
In addition, it is officially announced that the “twin” Toyota GT86 and Subaru BRZ will have the next generation. True, neither the exact dates of the premiere, nor the characteristics of future new products have been disclosed. Cars have been produced since 2012.
Earlier, Japanese media reported that new sports cars could move from the current Impreza platform (from Subaru) to TNGA (from Toyota). It is assumed that the basis will not lie on the global Subaru platform (SGP), because it can not be changed for rear-wheel drive. According to preliminary data, cars can get a 2.4-liter engine from Subaru Ascent. The crossover has a return of 263 hp. and 376 Nm.
Recall that the current Toyota GT86 and Subaru BRZ in Japan are available with a two-liter gasoline engine, which is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission produces 200 hp. (205 Nm), and with six-speed manual gearbox – 207 hp (212 Nm).
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