Production of the much-anticipated Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 sports car twins has started in Japan, with a special ceremony held at Subaru’s Gunma factory in Ota-city, Japan, where both cars are being built.
Australia can expect the rear-wheel-drive coupe twins to start hitting the road mid-year, possibly as early as May 2012. Official pricing is still yet to be confirmed by either company, but Toyota is on record saying it hoped to have a starting price below $40,000.
Subaru’s Gunma main plant has undergone a significant re-fit in order to produce both Subaru and Toyota variants of the rear-drive coupe with capacity set to increase as Subaru plans to produce the new Impreza at the same plant by March 2013.
The presidents of both Subaru’s parent company, Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd, and Toyota Motor Corporation attended the event with TMC President Akio Toyoda saying, “I’m delighted to see that our alliance bore fruit.”
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