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BRZ ISOTW Would they, wouldn’t they? Hav­ing claimed pa­ter­nity of the BRZ aka Toy­ota 86, it only re­mained for Subaru Aus­tralia to de­cide whether to bring in its take on the en­tic­ing rear-wheel-drive sports coupe. In the spirit of the sea­son, Soob boss Nick ‘‘ St Ni­cholas’’ Se­nior says yes. No tim­ing or prices yet but the big de­ci­sion’s been made.

FAIR DIG­I­TAL Toy­ota has be­come the first car com­pany to in­clude a dig­i­tal ra­dio as stan­dard. Bmwwas the first to of­fer crys­tal-clear re­cep­tion as an op­tion but the new Aus­tralian-built top-of-therange Camry Atara SL ($39,990) has stan­dard DAB+ dig­i­tal ra­dio. It’s part of a sys­tem with a 18cm touch­screen dis­play, 10-speaker JBL sound sys­tem, CD player, re­vers­ing cam­era, Blue­tooth hands-free and mu­sic stream­ing, as well as aux­il­iary and USB ports.

OILER FREE If the Toy­ota /BMW agree­ment to share, re­spec­tively, hy­brid and diesel driv­e­trains makes sense, don’t ex­pect to see any turbo oiler IS or GS. The deal specif­i­cally pre­cludes Lexus. So in­tent are the Bavar­i­ans on knock­ing off Lexus as the top pres­tige brand in the US, there’ll be no oil-burn­ing L cars, leav­ing Toy­ota’s lux­ury arm to con­tinue with petrol or petrol/elec­tric hy­brids.

FORZA ALFA Fi­nally . . . Top Gear UK re­ports Alfa Romeo will have the first pro­to­type of its drool­ingly de­sir­able 4C sport­ster on the road in about six months and on sale in 2013. Hinted at since de­but­ing in Geneva this year, the mid-en­gine 4C will be de­signed by an in-house Alfa team in ad­vanced light­weight ma­te­rial, but not car­bon­fi­bre.

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