The BRZ went "live" on the web from 12:45PM AEST, following a huge amount of online interest which actually froze the www.buybrzonline.subaru.com.au site ahead of the official sales period's commencement, which was 12 Noon on Monday, July 16th.
In the first five minutes, eight orders were initiated, with the first online customer completing the process (choosing accessories, completing their contract and paying their deposit) in just 20 minutes.
Subaru website traffic initially quadrupled from 12 noon AEST, with 50 BRZs sold in the first hour and a half. The available stock of 201 units was exhausted by 15:47PM AEST
These initial BRZ orders are against stock due to be delivered in early 2013. Details of the car were only revealed on Friday, July 13, including:
A National Driveaway Price* starting at $37,150
Free three year/60,000 kilometre scheduled service plan**
A five-star ANCAP occupant safety rating
BRZ details can be accessed online from subaru.com.au, or directly from www.buybrzonline.subaru.com.au.
All BRZ specification, pricing and accessory information at subaru.com.au. Paper copies are also available from all Subaru dealerships.
While demonstrators will be available in selected dealerships, the BRZ experiment showed that "internet only" car shopping could be the way of the future.
* The National Driveaway Price includes the vehicle price, 12 months private registration, stamp duty, CTP insurance cost estimate (based on private purchaser with good driving record), and the BRZ three-year/60,000 km Service plan*** and is not applicable to business or government buyers.
** Online finance calculator provided by Subaru Australia for illustrative purposes only.
*** The BRZ three-year/60,000 km service plan covers all items specified under the standard "Maintenance for Normal Operating Conditions" schedule detailed in the Warranty and Service Logbook . This includes inspection and adjustment of all items listed, genuine parts, labour and fluids required for each standard schedule service. For full service plan terms and conditions go to subaru.com.au.