Strict emission regulations are often behind the decision. It’s no secret that two very successful and sought-after cars are also coming to an early end (in fact, it’s a miracle that they made it to the Czech market at all). These are the Toyota GR86 and Subaru BRZ twins, beautifully simple, driving sports cars. However, the reason for their end is interesting…
The reason this time is not emissions, which you would probably expect from a sports car with a powerful naturally aspirated engine. The end of the Toyota GR86 and Subaru BRZ is because of safety legislation, namely the European Union regulation on general vehicle safety, the so-called GSR2 (General Safety Regulations 2), which will come into force this summer.
These add to the list of mandatory safety assistants for all new cars, and while most of them could be implemented in both small coupes, one presents a major problem. Specifically, it is a mandatory camera system that monitors road markings to keep driving in a lane – it would not see through the elongated front hood when installed behind the glass of a low car.
After this summer, both car companies will only be selling off their warehouses (if there are any left at all) and will no longer enter new cars into production because they would not be able to sell them. Both the GR86 and the BRZ lasted only two years on the European market (and they only received very small quotas, which did not satisfy all interested parties).
The implementation of the GsR2 regulation will also affect other driving machines, for example the Alpine A110. According to the automaker, it will cause a significant reduction in sales in Europe (we estimate a maximum of 1,000 units, which will be an 80% drop compared to last year’s 4,328 units). However, Alpine plans that the life cycle of the current A110 will end in 2026 anyway. Interestingly, however, the new safety regulations will reportedly not affect European sales of the Mazda MX-5. She is said to be staying with us for some time.