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Subaru “Clears” the Air About New Boxer Sports Car

Maker delivers some surprises with model under development with Toyota.

by on Mar.01, 2011

I can see clearly now...as Subaru brings a transparent version of its new sports car to Geneva.

There’s been plenty of smog in the air when it comes to the new Subaru sports car the Japanese maker is developing with its Japanese affiliate, Toyota, so the smaller carmaker wisely brought a transparent prototype to the Geneva Motor Show, this week, to help clear things up.

A variety of Subaru insiders provided some insight into what we can expect when the as yet-unnamed sports car goes into production in the spring of 2012.  The biggest news is that it will, indeed, be offered in the U.S., something that had been long undecided.

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Equally significant, TheDetroitBureau.com has learned, Subaru’s Boxer Sports Car – as it is currently referred to – will come only in rear-wheel-drive configuration.  It will, in fact, be the only model in the Subaru of America line-up that won’t be sold exclusively with all-wheel-drive.

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FT-86 Concept as Toyota or Scion in U.S.?

Sporty coupe is joint Toyota/Subaru effort.

by on Oct.21, 2009

Versions of the FT-86 will show up in both Toyota and Subaru showrooms, though in the U.S., it might be badged Scion.

Versions of the FT-86 will show up in both Toyota and Subaru showrooms, though in the U.S., it might be badged Scion.

In an otherwise lackluster 2009 Tokyo Motor Show, there’ll be a lot of attention paid to the few new products of any serious merit – and one of those is the eagerly-awaited Toyota FT-86, the rebirth of one of the Japanese giant’s most heralded nameplates.

Officially, the prototype going on display today at Makuhari Messe is nothing more than a show car, but unlike some of the wild and wacky models that have a way of popping up at the biennial Japanese event, then vanishing, never to be seen again, our sources confirm that the FT-86 will reappear in the not-too-distant future, though one of the unanswered questions is which badge it will wear in the U.S.

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It’s possible it will make the jump across the Pacific as a Toyota, but it is also possible, we’re told, that the FT-86 concept could show up as the replacement for the Scion tC, the youth-oriented marque’s most sporty model.

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