Toyota has been pushing the Scion FR-S convertible concept pretty hard over the last year. The beautiful drop top FR-S was even shown to Toyota dealers as an incentive to keep them from dropping the Scion brand. Now, however, Subaru has come out and said that the BRZ and FR-S convertible will never happen, citing safety concerns and engineering problems.
Fuji Heavy Industries (Subaru’s parent company) president Yasuyuki Yoshinaga said that a convertible version of the Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S is not a possibility.
“We make the car, so if we don’t make it, it can’t happen,” Yoshinaga told Automotive News.”Our engineering department told me that losing the entire roof requires a complete redesign of the structure. It would need a big change.”
Toyota has been bullish on the FR-S convertible. In addition to teasing an FR-S to U.S. Dealers, Toyota showed off a new version of the FR-S convertible at the Tokyo Motor Show with an electric powered automatic top.
“I understand well that Toyota is receiving strong requests from the American market for the car,” Yoshinaga said. “But the biggest challenge is meeting our internal safety standards. There are big technical difficulties.”
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