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NewsToyota GR Supra, BMW Z4 Dead in 2026: Report

Toyota GR Supra, BMW Z4 Dead in 2026: Report

Zupra BMW-Toyota joint sports car could end in 2026

  • Current-gen cars leaving Graz plant in 2026

  • Toyota US wouldn’t confirm news


News of automotive contract builder Magna Steyr’s troubles in Austria may have hidden one particular nugget. A report says that as the plant in Graz ends production of the Fisker Ocean, BMW 5 Series, and Jaguar I-Pace, that it will also see the end of the line for the current BMW Z4 and Toyota GR Supra in 2026.

Automobilwoche, the German version of Automotive News, reported on the troubles at the plant. The CEO of the group said that the next three years would be difficult for the facility but that orders would return.

Carscoops reached out to Toyota North America for more about the report, looking to confirm the status of the Toyota sports coupe. TMNA VP Dave Christ told the site that “we partnered with BMW, and it’s been successful.” He went on to say, “We’re evaluating what’s next.” He followed that by saying, “I think if we want to build something, we’ll figure out how to build it.”

Those statements sound like confirmation that even if the partnership isn’t done, the next-generation model will certainly see some changes. Fans of the model can be reassured that Toyota isn’t necessarily reliant on BMW to build a next-gen car, though the partnership – similar to Toyota’s GR86 partnership with Subaru – likely helps make the model worthwhile for the automaker.

Production of the current car ending in Graz in 2026 isn’t necessarily a death knell for the sports cars either. A next-gen car could be built by BMW or by Toyota in-house. It could also simply be that a new contract hasn’t yet been inked with Magna Steyr.

 

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