General Motors and Fuji Heavy Industries unveiled a concept all-wheel-drive version of the Subaru Traviq compact minivan at Tokyo.
The Traviq is a Japanese-market version of the Opel/Vauxhall Zafira built in Thailand. Fuji Heavy produces the Subaru brand.
Neither company would comment on whether the all-wheel-drive Traviq would come to market. But Takeshi Tanaka, chairman and CEO of Fuji Heavy, said, 'We will actively work on the introduction of all-wheel drives for GM.'
The concept combines a Subaru all-wheel-drive system with the Zafira-derived Traviq. It thus retains Subaru's brand-defining all-wheel-drive technology in the Traviq, and raises the possibility of developing an all-wheel-drive version of the Zafira or Traviq for the European market.
No mention was made of European possibilities, however. Currently, there is no all-wheel-drive Zafira.
The Thai plant already supplies Zafiras to Europe. The two-wheel-drive Traviq went on sale in Japan in August.
In addition, Isuzu showcased a concept model of a heavy pickup truck it is jointly developing with GM. The two companies plan to build a combined 500,000 a year, for sale under each of their brands globally.
GM's Japanese alliances include 20 percent ownership of Fuji Heavy and Suzuki, and 49 percent of Isuzu.