Subaru launches production of BRZ, Toyota GT 86 (w/ Video)

Subaru and Toyota today celebrated the launch of the assembly line production of the Subaru BRZ and the Toyota GT 86  at Subaru’s Gunma Main Plant. Toyota CEO and President Akio Toyoda joined in the celebration of the production kick-off.

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“FHI (owner of Subaru) and TMC first agreed on business collaboration in October 2005,” Subaru said in a statement. “After the companies expanded their cooperative ties with new agreements related to development and production in April 2008, they then began four  years of development. The completion of this joint-development product also marks a great achievement of the alliance between FHI and TMC. ”

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Subaru Gumma Main Plant, which used to manufacture mini cars, has now been renewed to produce the Subaru BRZ and the Toyota GT 86.

“I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the ceaseless efforts of all FHI people and staff who were involved in the development, production and preparations  for both models,” said Toyoda. “The Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 not have been successfully developed without collaboration  between FHI and TMC. We started the alliance for mutual growth in 2005. Now I’m delighted to see this moment  that our alliance surely bore fruit.”

Refresher: Weighing in at just 2,689 pounds, the Subaru BRZ is powered a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder boxer engine making 197-hp at 7,000 rpm with a maximum torque of 151 lb-ft at 6,600 rpm. The engine is mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission.

– By: Omar Rana