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Tony O'Kane | Jul, 08 2014 | 0 Comments

Subaru has confirmed that it is commited to launching a second generation BRZ, despite rumours that development partner Toyota may instead team up with BMW on its next-gen 86 sports coupe.

Speaking to Automotive News this week, Fuji Heavy Industries president Yasuyuki Yoshinaga said that Subaru will again collaborate with Toyota on the BRZ's replacement, saying that the BRZ is "not going to be just one generation".

A report last month quoted Tetsuya Tada, chief engineer for the Toyota 86 as saying that an agreement between Subaru and Toyota on the 86/BRZ replacement had yet to be hammered out.

When asked if BMW could take the place of Subaru in Toyota's low-cost sports car program, Tada said that was "one possibility".

However Yoshinaga's comments this week pours cold water on that possibility.

Currently, Toyota relies on Subaru's production facilities to build the 86 (both the 86 and BRZ are built on the same line in Gunma, Japan), and Subaru needs the 86's much higher sales volume to help keep the BRZ financially viable.

Even if BMW were to lend its technological expertise in performance RWD cars to Toyota's future 86 program, it may not make economic sense for the Japanese auto giant to pursue such a partnership given the 86's emphasis on low cost.

However, BMW and Toyota will still forge ahead with their plan to jointly develop a larger sports coupe, which many are expecting will be the long-awaited successor to the Toyota Supra.

A Memorandum of Understanding for the development of a common sports car architecture was signed between the two companies in early 2013, with BMW and Toyota expected to wheel out production cars based on the chassis sometime in 2017.

Toyota's slinky FT-1 concept (above) is believed to preview its version of the co-developed sports car, while the architecture may underpin the next generation BMW 6 Series.

Both the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ are expected to receive mild updates later in the year.

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