Next-gen BRZ planned, says Subaru boss

Yoshinaga: Subaru will have a role.
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TOKYO -- Subaru plans another generation of the BRZ, the sporty coupe jointly developed with Toyota Motor Corp., pledged Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, president of Subaru's parent, Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd.

Toyota and Fuji Heavy will work on a successor to the current generation, which debuted in 2012, he said.

Without Toyota's volume, it wouldn't be viable for Subaru to build the car by itself, Yoshinaga told Automotive News.

Yoshinaga's comments came in response to an article on the Australian Web site drive.com.au, which quoted the car's chief engineer from Toyota as saying Subaru may not remain involved in the next generation.

"If I were to be told that, I'd pass out," Yoshinaga said. "It's not going to be just one generation."

Toyota sells its version of the coupe as the Scion FR-S. Recent sales of the coupes have been mixed. Through June, sales of the Subaru BRZ rose 6 percent to 4,295, while sales of the Scion FR-S tumbled 24 percent to 7,662. Both vehicles' sales suffered double-digit slumps in June.

You can reach Hans Greimel at hgreimel@crain.com. -- Follow Hans on Twitter


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