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.