Pictured: The Toyota FT-1 suggestion every person expects will certainly be the next Supra. Please. Please. Photo Credit: Toyota.
Yes, that mysterious BMW-Toyota sports car joint production is still happening. Now we understand that may be building it.
One of the a lot of appealing automobile companies on the planet is one that isn’t: Magna-Steyr, the Austrian super contractor known for building every little thing from ultra-solid offroaders to the Aston Martin Rapide. Now they could be gearing up to make the next Toyota Supra, if that’s indeed just what they call this thing.
To recap: Due to the fact that 2012 BMW and Toyota have actually been said to be jointly making some type of brand-new sports car, or quite a sports automobile platform. every one of others details, from pricing to powertrain to size, continue to be shrouded in secrecy.
As for its feasible builder, Magna-Steyr, they aren’t a automobile brand yet they are a business that makes cars. Located in Graz, Austria, they make and develop cars, trucks, ultracompacts, and sports cars for others companies as well hectic to make little runs of high-quality, low-volume vehicles. Check out Magna-Steyr’s list of credits and you’ll notice just what I mean.
Local paper the Kleine Zeitung reports that Magna-Steyr will certainly be finishing their production run of BMW’s ugly Mini Paceman and Countryman. In their stead, according to the Kleine Zeitung, will certainly be BMW’s next sports car.
And that’s supposed to be the companion project along with Toyota to make a brand-new Supra, as Automotive News Europe dutifully reports. That’s despite the fact that requirement for roadsters and sports cars is dwindling as SUVs take over the universe.
Demand for two-seaters is largely dormant, which prompted BMW to ax the Mini Coupe and Roadster, along along with the Paceman. Z4 sales fell 47 percent in the initial quarter and the model accounts for merely three-tenths of 1 percent of BMW brand’s volume.
When asked after that by Automotive News Europe whether it was still financially worth competing in the roadster segment, BMW CEO Harald Krueger said the company’s cooperation along with Toyota would certainly help. “BMW has actually a long roadster tradition,” he said. “We will certainly occupy the segment when more. It’s not big, yet it’s vital for the strength of the brand.”
The Kleine Zeitung expects production for the BMW Z4 successor to begin in 2018, along with the Toyota Supra companion automobile to get hold of going a couple of months later, not so drastically various from just what Mazda and Fiat did along with the brand-new Miata and 124 Spider, or just what Toyota and Subaru did along with the GT86/FR-S/BRZ.