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With Toyota now a nearly 9% owner of Fuji Heavy — parent of Subaru — the company plans to outsource a full redesign of a yet-unnamed "sporty compact" to Subaru, according to Japan's Nihon Keizai business daily. Rapid business expansion, the paper said, has left Toyota understaffed. No word yet on whether Subaru's new design chief — Andreas Zapatinas — sketcher of Scoobie's new "nose hole" design language, will be tasked with the prettying up. So to speak. [Thanks to Denis for the tip.]

Toyota and Subaru Form Alliance [internal]