Scion FR-S Convertible Delayed Indefinitely: Report

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The Scion FR-S convertible has been delayed indefinitely, according to a recent report sourcing unidentified Toyota insiders.

First seen at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show earlier this year as the Toyota FT-86 Open Concept, the FR-S convertible looked to be a lock for production, especially since it was shown off at a dealer meeting. But for the time being, it has been shelved and is not in the Japanese automaker’s product plan in either 2014 or 2015.

SEE ALSO: Toyota FT-86 Open Concept Previews Scion FR-S Convertible

However, with much of the engineering already completed, the FR-S convertible could be fast-tracked into production if upper management gives it the green light. One reason being speculated for the delay is that Toyota would have to add additional weight in order to make the convertible model rigid enough for production, which is against the FR-S model’s appeal of being lightweight and nimble.

The delay in production comes at a time when the Scion brand is in desperate need of fresh new product and when the FR-S coupe has quickly shot up to be the brand’s second best selling model.

GALLERY: Toyota FT-86 Open Concept

[Source: WhatCar?]

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Haji Haji on Oct 05, 2013

    when one person can spend 52 million bucks on one ferrari, why cant the second biggest car company in the world cant produce a budget four seater convertible??

  • ForPhil ForPhil on Oct 07, 2013

    This on/off/on/off for the convertible is really bugging me. I think that I will just have to find a good used MR2/Spyder to replace the car I sold, with much regret, when I left UK.