The Remapped Edition

In which we bring you motoring news from around the Web:

• A software mapping glitch has been faulted for the stalling and rough idling experienced by owners of the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ, the rear-drive sport coupes co-developed by the Japanese automakers. As a fix, Toyota and Subaru are offering to reset affected vehicles’ engine control units, or E.C.U.’s, if the vehicles have fewer than 100 miles on the odometer. If they have more than 100 miles, the unit will be replaced at no cost to the owner of an FR-S, but Subaru insists the resetting, or reflash, of the E.C.U. would sufficiently address the problem and is not offering to replace it for the BRZ. (Automotive News)

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Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ Are Recalled for Error in Owner’s Manuals

Toyota is recalling 1,156 of its 2013 Scion FR-S sports cars and Subaru 1,886 of its sibling, the BRZ. The reason: an error in the owner’s manual.

In a report posted Thursday on the Web site of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Fuji Heavy Industries, the parent company of Subaru, said the owner’s manual for both models contained “an inaccurate description of the actual operation of the ‘Front Passenger Occupant Classification System.’”

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FR-S: The Selling of a Different Sort of Scion

On Monday, Toyota announced that its Scion subsidiary had begun sales of the 2013 FR-S sports car. The 2,800-pound rear-drive coupe, with its 200-horsepower two-liter boxer four-cylinder engine and exhaustively refined chassis, represents a departure for a brand known primarily for odd-box machines aimed at young buyers lured to dealerships by no-haggle pricing and a hefty dose of lifestyle marketing.

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