Up until now, Australians could only buy a new Subaru Outback diesel with a standard transmission. But now, Subaru is adding automatic diesel variants to its Outback All-Wheel Drive (AWD) crossover line-up for the first time. The new 2013 Outback 2.0D CVT will give buyers outstanding range, fun driving, efficiency and a new space to play. Subaru has designed their new CVT automatic so it will be able to stand the extra torque of their highly capable and efficient 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged horizontally-opposed Boxer diesel engine.
Subaru has spiced up its Outback range – and increased the number of potential buyers – by linking a sporty new CVT transmission to its AWD turbo-charged diesel models. The addition comes as part of an Outback facelift with external changes kept to a minimum, but a raft of mechanical improvements to enable the CVT-diesel link. This is the first time a Subaru CVT transmission has been hooked up to a high-torque boxer turbo-diesel.
In Subaru’s own admission, this is the most important and significant car of its past decade. This, the diesel automatic version of its large-SUV category player, the Outback, is the first time the company has had a gun big and suitable enough to fight on equal terms with some powerful rivals.
Of more interest to us is news of an “all-new” performance concept to join the XV Crosstrek Hybrid in New York. No details on this new concept have been revealed, though many are suggesting that it will be a preview of the successor to the Subaru Impreza WRX. We say successor as the new WRX, test mules for which have already been spied, is expected to be a standalone model that will no longer resemble the Impreza, though the two cars are still expected to share a platform.
The 2013 Mitsubishi Evolution, affectionately known as the Mitsubishi Evo, might be the last chance for the automaker. After the company has passed through the hands of Subaru, Mazda, and Hyundai, the Evo MR offers great power in a well-engineered all-wheel-drive system. With a starting price near $35,000, though, the interior and styling of the car leaves much to be desired.
Subaru has made quite a name for itself as automaker that caters to the outdoorsy, green-leaning set. Now it's stepping up to the plate for those customers – some might say "finally" stepping up – with its first-ever hybrid vehicle.
The Subaru Forester is one of the most researched cars on the Consumer Reports website. Consequently, buying the first redesigned-for-2014 Forester that we could get our hands on was a top priority. And it just arrived at our Auto Test Center.
A lot of manufacturers like to think their sporty cars are ripped from the cyber plot of a fast and furious video game. But the Subaru BRZ is one of the few that jumps off the screen for real-world action.
When Autocar was in Geneva for the 83rd International Motor Show, they had a chance to sit down with Toyota chief engineer Tetsuya Tada and found out some interesting things about boosting power in the next-generation Toyota GT86 (Scion FR-S in the U.S.). Almost from the beginning, fans of the Toyota GT86, Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ have been asking when the sporty two-door coupe would get a turbocharger and more power. Subaru has said they are working on a faster version of the rear-drive coupe. But coming in the form of hybrid-electric power was not on anyone's radar.
In this trim, this well-equipped and well-upholstered Outback puts to rest the complaint that Subarus are too plasticky and dull inside. With this cocoa-brown stitched-leather interior and right-feel materials throughout the cabin, this is an Outback that at least comes across as upscale enough to command its sticker. And then you get into things like the steady flat four and standard all-wheel-drive, instead of using those features as primary selling points to justify the higher cost.
If John Deere were to make cars, we’re confident they’d be as trustworthy and straightforward as our long-term 2012 Subaru Impreza 2.0i hatchback was during its year in our care. We’re not saying that driving the Impreza was akin to plowing the back forty—far from it—but the deliberate nature of its handling and performance and the directness with which road, wind, and engine noise were transmitted into the cabin took us back to a simpler time.
The Top Gear special, set over two episodes, saw Clarkson, Hammond and May set off across Africa to find the source of the River Nile – a journey that would take them through multiple countries and across some of the world’s most treacherous terrain.
How would you like to see a whole family of models spawned from the Scion FR-S/Toyota GT-86/Subaru BRZ like what BMW has done with Mini? If your answer is "hell yes," then you'll be happy to know that Tetsuya Tada, the chief engineer of the Toyobaru, wants that to happen as well.
Ken Block was supposed to arrive in Mexico for his World Rally Championship comeback last week as the Rally America points leader. Instead, he reached Leon -- the base city for Rally Mexico -- lacking both points in the Rally America series and decent sleep.
Subaru is an incredible carmaker. Smaller than most, it enjoys a fearsome and loyal following. Subaru cars are tough, not the best for fuel efficiency but buy a Subaru and you are set for the next 250,000 miles or more. If Subaru has worked out the kinks with its flat four boxer engine, it’s integral four wheel drive platform making it one of the best and toughest performance cars, it needed to work on energy efficiency.
Subaru’s new generation 2014 Forester takes the top spot in a rigorous cover story comparison test published in today’s Carsguide in The Daily Telegraph. Carsgiude’s Paul Gover, also recently tested the Forester against the 2013 Toyota RAV4, 2013 Honda CR-V and 2013 Mazda CX-5 and came up with the same conclusion. There are a number of key reason both Australian journalists gave for giving the new Forester crossover the nod for the number one spot. In this recent comparison, Dowling rated the new Forester 2.5i-L four stars against three and-a-half stars for new Toyota RAV4 and the three and-a-half stars Mitsubishi Outlander.
The American had hoped to compete at least three WRC 2013 rounds, but his schedule of Rally America, Global Rallycross and X Games events mean his Guanajuato outing is likely to be his sole WRC show of the year
With Toyota having all but confirmed the Toyota 86 convertible for production, Subaru says it still hasn’t decided whether or not it will do a similar body style with its sister car, the Subaru BRZ. Speaking to CarAdvice at the Geneva Motor Show, the president and CEO of Fuju Heavy Industry (the parent company of Subaru), Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, said that no decision on a BRZ convertible has yet been made by Subaru.
Subaru Canada , Inc. is pleased to announce that the completely redesigned 2014 Forester has earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) top award for good performance in its moderate overlap frontal, side, rollover and rear impact evaluations. This distinction has helped Subaru become the only automaker to earn a 2013 TOP SAFETY PICK for every model it builds.
Toyota Motor Corp.'s FT-86 convertible concept had some skeptics pondering if this was the way to go. They included engineers from Subaru which developed Toyota's production GT86 coupe, as well as Subaru's version -- the BRZ -- and the Scion FR-S.
Subaru used the Geneva Motor Show to reveal a futuristic crossover concept that previews the future of the brand’s styling and engineering. The Subaru Viziv, for “Vision for Innovation,” advances the company’s design language and presents a new diesel-hybrid powertrain.
Morrie's Automotive Group plans to expand its Subaru-Kia dealership on the Interstate 394 frontage road in Minnetonka by expanding to the neighboring property, home to a vacant Baker's Square restaurant.
The 2013 Subaru Legacy has a revised engine with a smidge more power than the 2012 version, and a new continuously variable transmission designed to be more responsive and more efficient. The engine sometimes vocalizes the asthmatic wheezing that is typical of four-cylinder engines strained by CVTs, but overall it's a smooth powertrain that provides more than adequate acceleration. I still love the way this car drives: the Legacy is pleasant and inoffensive, yet it offers just a touch better steering and suspension balance than in typical midsize sedans, making it feel like a special choice in its class.
It would be hyperbolic to say that the Subaru team of Americans David Higgins and Craig Drew were the underdogs. They did not have a Cinderella story, they did not come from behind, they did not spend their free time after work building their car, a 2013 Subaru WRX STI. But they did win, and win big. Higgins and Drew sat comfortably in third before running into Friday’s stage 6 of the Rally in the 100 Acre Wood. As night closed in and roads refroze, then top runners Ken Block and Alex Gelsomino from Hoonigan racing crashed their car, and Rockstar Energy Drink rally team Antoine L’Estage and Nathalie Richard had their car over heat, leaving Higgins and Drew with the lead.
Japanese brands, led by Lexus, Subaru and Mazda, continue to dominate Consumer Reports' rankings of the best light vehicles on the market, claiming "top pick" honors in seven out of 10 product segments and capturing the top seven spots for overall brand reliability and performance.
When you own an old, no-longer-popular beater car, it can sometimes be difficult to find parts and information. My brand of automotive pain/pleasure currently lies in the realm of obsolete Subarus, and while they do have a decent following, they've never attracted the kind of money-spewing fanboys that, say, small block Chevy or BMW tuners have over the years.
The sudden arrival of winter ice and snow conditions could not prevent Subaru Rally Team USA's David Higgins and Craig Drew from winning the Rally in the 100 Acre Wood held on February 22-23rd in Salem, Missouri. The hard fought victory gave Higgins his first 100 Acre Wood Rally victory in three attempts at one of the more slippery events in recent memory.
Safety isn’t something that just happens in an automobile, but it starts with an automakers goals and targets before it is ever designed. The Subaru brand has some of the safest vehicles on the planet and has been rated high in the area of safety for many years.
Subaru was one of few automakers whose sales actually picked up during the recent recession. But now that auto sales are back on track (and expected to hit pre-recession numbers this year), Subaru is trying to come up with new products to fill voids in its current lineup. Wards Auto had a chance to talk to Subaru's director-product manager Ken Lin, who indicated that the automaker is planning to introduce new models this year that will help it attract new buyers without alienating current ones.
Imagine two strangers that speak different languages meeting for the first time without an interpreter. Imagine that one is 6-foot-2 and a hipster dresser, and the other a foot shorter looking like he stepped out of an "Indiana Jones" movie set.
To be honest, this isn't what I had planned for the Subaru BRZ's January update. I'm parked on I-90 in a whiteout blizzard wondering how well the snow tires will work in the rapidly accumulating snow -- if I ever get moving again.
Subaru will unveil this Viziv crossover concept at the upcoming Geneva auto show in March. The automaker says the Viziv showcases the design direction and technology of its future models.
Officials in Cherry Hill, N.J. are fretting that Subaru of America could move its headquarters out of town as the fast-growing car company tries to reconfigure its office space.
Subaru's first hybrid model will be positioned under the spotlight at the 2013 New York Auto Show, but it will not be based on the redesigned 2014 Subaru Forester, the automaker told Edmunds. But don't expect a plug-in hybrid or an electric vehicle to follow any time soon. The reason? Subaru's size and limited resources prevent it from making huge investments in new technology, at least for now.
ubaru Spain has made a badly written, badly directed, and badly edited – but properly awesome – commercial for the BRZ. It uses obsolete tricks to engage the viewers, such as aggressive driving scenes, or showing a hot blonde in bed. And you know what, they succeed. It is a damn good watch this ad.
Former World Rally champion Petter Solberg will make a full-time switch to rallycross for 2013, competing in both Europe and America.
The first race of the 2013 Sno*Drift Rally brought some exciting action from the Subaru team of Davis Higgins and Co-driver Craig Drew while driving the 2013 Subaru WRX STI. Higgins crashed his WRX STI on stage six during the Sno*Drift Rally’s first day where he slid wide and impacted a tree, damaging the front corner of his race car. The team thought the rally was over, but they were able to bring the Subaru back to life and continued with some inventive roadside repairs including duct tape and the shoelaces from Co-driver Craig Drew’s PUMA shoes!
A race-spec Subaru WRX STI will compete in this year’s Nurburgring 24-hour race as the Japanese manufacturer gets set for its sixth consecutive entry into the endurance event. The four-door Subaru WRX STI sedan will be entered into the SP3T class for turbocharged cars with engine capacities of two litres or less. The Japanese racer will feature a 2.0-litre turbocharged Boxer engine producing 250kW and 461Nm and a six-speed sequential transmission.
The shiny new black Subaru BRZ sat in our collective driveways for only a week when we realized that its standard summer performance tires weren't the best for tackling a Chicago winter.
There aren't many automakers left that don't offer some form of hybrid in their lineup, but Japanese firm Subaru can count themselves among the "have nots". Subaru is best-known for its all-wheel drive systems rather than fuel efficiency, but since 2011's hybrid Advanced Tourer Concept, we've known there was something in the works.
The car market in the U.S. is at its most competitive. Not only are big companies like General Motors and Toyota slugging it out, but in order to survive, small-niche players like Subaru also are trying to push into the mainstream. The Japanese carmaker is popular in Denver, the Pacific Northwest and the Northeast. Now Subaru has its sights on Texas and Tennessee.
The term “when pigs fly” has long been a term of incredulity, describing disbelief at far-fetched or unbelievable claims. Maybe the new term should be “when dogs drive.” But that hasn’t stopped Subaru from putting our four-legged friends in the drivers’ seat of the 2014 Forester in a series of four commercials that will be aired during Animal Planet’s “Puppy Bowl” programming that will air during the halftime of “the big game.”
In a clever form of targeted advertising, Subaru of America focused its Super Bowl commercials on the second most common occupant of its vehicles – dogs. Pre-Super Bowl, Subaru released four of its dog-biased adverts on the cat-dominated YouTube. Not surprisingly, these commercials will air predominately during the wildly popular “Puppy Bowl” on Animal Planet.
The 2014 Subaru Forester has just hit the market and senior features editor Jonny Lieberman recently had plenty of seat time with the new crossover. So what did he think? “I can confidently say it is the best Forester yet,” Lieberman said, and he has no qualms about recommending it to his sister, who happens to be the current owner of a 2010 Forester.
My dog in the small SUV fight is that I strong-armed my sister Natalie into buying a 2010 Subaru Forester. See, when my nephew was born, her two-door Honda Civic just wasn't cutting it anymore. She wanted something safe, reliable, economical, useful, and easy to get a car seat in and out of. A low price wasn't a bad attribute, either. Being an unrepentant gearhead, I of course told her to get the turbo XT version with the manual.
Subaru Product Line Manager Todd Hill sits shotgun as we barrel down a barren wash road somewhere within the Sonoran desert. Our field of view is expansive, thanks to a few of the many changes implemented in the design of the all-new 2014 Subaru Forester.
Six years is the standard life span for a new car design, but the current Subaru Forester, which went on sale in early 2008, is being ushered off stage one year early. This is despite the fact that the departing Forester has sold much better than its gawky, wagonlike predecessors and even in its last year accounted for nearly a quarter of the brand's volume. The new Forester, wisely, does little to threaten that success, instead largely building on the previous car's strengths, the better to face the fleet of big-name competitors in this ever-more-popular segment.
The Forester could be credited as the original formulator of the car-based crossover SUV. This most recent iteration stands proud against its newly redesigned, sleek, and carlike competition—the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, and Mazda CX-5—while looking neither particularly sleek nor carlike.
It’s the fourth generation of the Subaru Forester compact crossover, due to hit showrooms this March. We had the opportunity to spend a few days driving the all-new Forester in the desert of Arizona, following up on our prototype drive last fall at Subaru’s test facility in Japan.
The compact crossover class is one of the most competitive with a slew of excellent choices for car shoppers. Subaru's redesigned Forester won't make things any easier. The 2014 Subaru Forester may look only slightly different on the outside, but inside, underneath the hood and just about everywhere else, it's a significantly improved SUV.
An objective of good marketing is to yield satisfaction in the face of apparent contradiction. In that regard, the people at Subaru hope you will be satisfied with their 2013 XV Crosstrek wagon, which they’d rather call a “compact sport-utility vehicle.”
Subaru’s motorsport activities in 2013 will center on three main competitions, with once again the sporty BRZ and Impreza WRX STI representing the automaker in its endeavors. The three competitions include the Super GT touring car series, the Nürburgring 24 Hours endurance race, and international rallying.
The Subaru Rally Team (SRT USA) has long been a force in the Rally America championship, with last year's dominance of the David Higgins and Craig Drew pairing resulting in a second consecutive Rally America overall championship victory, and the seventh for SRT USA. We have first-hand experience with Higgins' talent, having attended the DirtFish rally school with Higgins along to give exhibition rides.
Aside from a passel of Jeeps, the odd Toyota, and a few hulking pickups, the population of new vehicles that traffic in off-pavement readiness right off the showroom floor is limited. Except, that is, at the Subaru store. In 2012, the company’s sales accounted for barely two percent of the U.S. market; that’s a profitable, 267,000-vehicle sliver of the market that Subaru has been cultivating for years. Its succession of cars, wagons, and semi-SUVs have earned reputations for being solid, dependable, kind of different, and fashionably anodyne. Think of Subaru as dishing up the comfort food of the car biz, sort of mom’s meatloaf with all-wheel drive.
Subaru is getting ready to introduce its first hybrid vehicle. The Japanese automaker known for its rugged and reliable all-wheel-drive systems, is expected to show its first-ever hybrid at the New York Auto Show in late March. According to a report by The Detroit Bureau, Kenichi Yamamoto, director of product management and coordination at Subaru of America, acknowledged a hybrid was under way.
In this TFLcar preview video we check out the Forester to see how it has changed and we take it both on the track, the road and the dirt. But while we can't tell you quite yet how it drives until the end of the week....we can show you how it drives in this Sneak Peek Preview
The annual Sno*Drift Rally, taking place this weekend in Montmorency County, again kicks off the 2013 Rally America National Championship battle. It is the 40th anniversary of Sno*Drift, which brings thousands of race car fans to Northern Michigan. “It is the only rally of the championship series that takes place in winter and on icy, snowy roads,” said Kent Balogh, a Sno*Drift Rally committee member. “Every car has a two-person team, a driver and a navigator. It’s the navigator’s job to warn the driver of what’s up ahead, any sharp curves or turns that could be dangerous. We get entries from all over the U.S. and Canada. We usually have a few from foreign countries overseas.”
If you're married, getting a new car often requires a conversation with the significant other. On rare occasions that conversation can lead to the purchase of a car. But other times it can result in a crazy challenge. Now one man needs our help to get a new Subaru. Let's get to it.
When the 2014 Subaru Forester goes on sale in the spring, a base 2.5i model will start at $22,820 – up $730 from the previous model’s $22,090 base price. Prices range all the way up to $33,820 for the top-line turbocharged Forester 2.0XT Touring model.
Exclusive video of the new 2014 Forester XT and an interview with Takuji Dai, project general manager for the 2014 Subaru Forester.
With a fresh design for the new model year, the 2014 Subaru Forester hopes to strike a balance between keeping repeat customers happy while attracting new compact crossover buyers to the fold. When Subaru last revamped the Forester, for the 2008 model year, the changes were substantial. The crossover grew in size and scope, as Subaru “ruggedized” the Forester to broaden its appeal.
Subaru is looking to deal with its production limitations to help it reach a new U.S. sales goal, and, according to a new report, will be further expanding its Indiana plant to help meet demand. Subaru already announced that it was going to increase capacity of its Lafayette, Indiana plant to 200,000 units, but Automotive News is now reporting that Subaru is looking to increase that figure to somewhere between 250,000 and 300,000 cars. Currently, the facility has two production lines: the larger of the two can build up to 200,000 Subaru Outback, Legacy, and Tribeca models per year; the other can make up to 100,000 Toyota Camry sedans.
A new partnership between Subaru and The Weather Channel will give motorists the ability to gauge driving difficulty before heading out on a trip. According to a press release from Subaru, the Weather Channel now has a new interactive layer on its online weather maps called the Driving Difficulty Index. Motorists can pull up the interactive weather maps at this link and see how difficult their travels are likely to be.
Subaru has this down to a science. Take one of its cars, jack it up a couple of inches, add some plastic body cladding, a roof rack and, Voila…soft-roader.
Subaru invited us out to attend the 2012 Olympus Rally, so we went and watched the race, took some pictures, and interviewed some of big names in rally racing, including Ken Block, concept director of the viral Gymkhana Five video on YouTube.
Taylor Morris has been granted his wish. Professional rally driver Ken Block has invited the wounded Cedar Falls sailor to ride with him in a practice run for an upcoming road race. The invite came Monday afternoon, after Block saw a YouTube video of Morris “drift” driving with his chums at his parents’ home, spinning the car on a snow packed surface. It was Morris’ first driving since being wounded in Afghanistan eight months ago.
The new 2013 Subaru BRZ isn’t the most expensive sports car and doesn’t have the most power but is voted Fun Car of the Year by TopGear Australia against some stiff competition.
Subaru is launching its new infotainment system, dubbed Starlink, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week. Headline features include integration with Aha and plenty of ways to plan a road trip. With Starlink, Subaru will join the ranks of carmakers offering branded infotainment systems like BlueLink (Hyundai) MyFord Touch, and MyLink (Chevrolet).
Subaru will launch the all-new 2014 Forester around the globe this year but has been tight-lipped about their new upcoming hybrid model. We do know that Subaru will launch the new hybrid sometime this year and is expecting it to be a big part of their growth both here in the U.S. and around the globe.
Now that we have two months seat time behind the wheel of the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek from Subaru Canada, its true colours are beginning to shine through. The more time spent driving this little crossover, the more obvious its pros and cons become. Luckily for us, it’s beginning to appear that the pros outweigh the cons.
Subaru not only saw record U.S. sales in December and all of 2012, but it says it is the only major maker to have increased sales for five years straight. That's an amazing feat when you consider the last five years spans one of the worst recessions in U.S. history.
Race car driver Ken Block speeds down a narrow band of asphalt in his souped-up Ford Fiesta, careening through the "Back to the Future" set on Universal Studios' back lot. The speedometer flies toward 80. Block's eyes are fixed on the road as he accelerates toward an invitation-only crowd of gear heads in town for the Los Angeles Auto Show.
The Subaru wagon is the official car of Maine,” boldly declares Dave Getchell, Jr., associate publisher of Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors. Dave can be forgiven his enthusiastic overstatement because five of the nine people in his Rockland office drive Subarus and he himself races a sporty little Subaru WRX in road rallies.
At the start of the new year, the Japanese automakers will show off their new vehicles, and we also get to see what the future will look like. Subaru has announced they will be bringing a number of new sport concepts to the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon that starts on January 11th.
The 2013 Legacy and Outback models received the all-new 2013 TSP+ award. And Subaru is the only automaker on the planet to receive IIHS Top Safety Pick awards for every model it builds.
Subaru of America, Inc. has earned a place on the 19th annual Ward’s 10 Best Engines list. The 2013 Subaru BRZ’s 2.0 4-cyl. Boxer engine makes its debut on the list. The all-new BRZ sports car also boasts an impressive 34 mpg highway fuel economy.
The new 2014 Subaru Forester crossover launched in Japan about a month ago and sales are off to a sprinting start. Subaru says 8149 Japanese customers took home the new Forester, more than four times the automaker’s initial monthly sales target set.
The Subaru WRX STi and Subaru Impreza will cease to be a feature on UK’s roads from next year. While an all-new Impreza was launched in Japan and the US last year, a spokesman for the brand confirmed that there isn’t enough demand for cars like the Impreza in the UK, so the new model will not be added to the UK line-up.
Subaru has not only cut the price of its rally bred WRX STi, it’s also introduced a new power kit, called 340R. This lifts power from 296bhp to 335bhp and shaves half a second off the 0-62mph time. The £1,599 kit can either be fitted to existing cars or specified on a new one. Go for the latter, and the STi carries a £28,594 price tag – you can’t buy a more powerful new car for the money.
Phil Mills says the World Rally Championship will miss Petter Solberg 'more than people realise' after the Norwegian's recent announcement that he will not compete in 2013.
Red Bull Media House and German firm Sportsman Media are in the process of acquiring the global media and promotional rights to the World Rally Championship on a long-term basis. And, for the first time, Mateschitz has explained some of the reasoning behind Red Bull's decision to move beyond driver and team sponsorship and get involved in series promotion.
Japanese car maker Subaru’s recently launched compact crossover, the XV, has been named ‘SUV of the Year’ by 4x4 Magazine. Putting the XV through its paces, both on- and off-road, 4x4 Magazine crowned the XV its class winner in one of the hardest-fought categories in a special ‘4x4 of the Year’ issue. The SUV market has expanded rapidly in recent years with the proliferation of compact crossovers, and 4x4 Magazine placed Subaru’s latest All-Wheel Drive model ahead of key rivals from Audi, Kia, Mazda, Nissan and Volkswagen.
Subaru is prepared to miss out on a massive sales boost in order to protect its adventurous image. The company will launch the fourth-generation Subaru Forester next February, but the crossover wagon will only be available as an all-wheel drive
Former World Rally Champion Petter Solberg, who won the WRC title in 2003, has confirmed that he will not be taking part in the global series next year after 15 years at the top of the sport.
It’s always a good problem to have: demand for Subaru cars and crossovers in the United States is up, to the point where Subaru’s parent company, Fuji Heavy Industries, is considering adding plant capacity at Subaru of Indiana Automotive, its sole American plant.
Even during the most difficult days of the economic crisis, Subaru sales remained strong. The brand has seen significant increases in demand, prompting it to add more manufacturing capability.
The Subaru Forester officially moved to its fourth generation at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. The redesigned crossover packs a new, 250-hp BOXER turbo, more features, more space and a restyled body.
Subaru has sold more than 300,000 cars in the U.S. year to date for the first time in its history as new product launches have allowed to post speedier growth than its competitors, Thomas Doll, Subaru of America COO, told CNBC's "Squawk on the Street"on Tuesday.
Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd.’s Subaru unit is studying expanding its Indiana auto-assembly plant as the Toyota Motor Corp. affiliate seeks to boost U.S. output to curb currency losses and meet growing demand for its models. The U.S. unit and its Tokyo-based parent are in discussions to expand the Lafayette, Indiana, factory, Tom Doll, Subaru’s U.S. executive vice president and chief operating officer, said in an interview on Bloomberg Radio’s “Taking Stock.” A decision whether the plant will add assembly of Impreza cars or Forester crossovers hasn’t been made, he said.
The 2012 European New Car Assessment Program (Euro NCAP) has recently given the all-new Subaru Forester its highest five-star overall rating in its safety performance test. This is the third time Subaru was honored with the prestigious five-star rating from Euro NCAP, following the 2009 rating for the Legacy and the 2011 rating for the XV. This also marks the first top-rating recognition that the all-new Forester has received from one of the world's leading automobile safety evaluation program since the SUV made its world debut in Japan in November 2012.
A decision was made today that Solberg will step away from the series for now in order to explore and direct focus in a different direction in his successful and decorated career. It’s now realised and decided, that there will not be a WRC program for the 38-year old in 2013. "I am so grateful and happy for what I have experienced during my 15 years in the WRC,says Petter."
Advanced automotive technology typically debuts on high-end cars and then slowly trickles down to more modestly priced vehicles. That’s the pattern we’re seeing with active safety “driver-assist” systems that warn of hazards that can cause an accident, or even take over a car’s braking or steering to prevent a collision.
Subaru of America, Inc. today reported 28,206 sales for the month of November, a 60 percent increase over November 2011. The company also announced record-breaking annual sales of 299,788 vehicles which represent a 28 percent increase over 2011 and just 222 vehicles short of achieving 300,000 sales for the first time in company history.
IMPROVED interior space and off-road ability are the headline acts for Subaru's new Forester. Pre-production cars were unveiled in Canberra this week ahead of the popular SUV's showroom launch next month. Featuring a more muscular look where no exterior panel is the same as its predecessor, Subaru is arming the Forester with normally aspirated 2.0-litre and 2.5-litre petrol, turbo-petrol and turbo-diesel engines.
Subaru is a sensible-shoes brand amid the glitz of the L.A. Auto Show. Its big introduction in Los Angeles this week was the redesigned 2014 Subaru Forester, which goes on sale in the spring of 2013. It’s a fine car, somewhere in between a station wagon and an SUV. (I should disclose, I have a 2010 Forester myself. It’s my fourth Subaru in a row.)
With the automotive landscape constantly changing, law enforcement vehicles must also evolve. For this year’s L.A. Auto Show Design Challenge, designers were tasked with envisioning the Highway Patrol’s bad guy-foiling vehicle for the year 2025. Subaru Global Design’s SHARC (Subaru Highway Automated Response Concept) has been crowned the winner of the competition.
An innovative effort in the realm of sponsored comedy videos — yucks for bucks, in industry parlance — has found its initial sponsor. Subaru of America is the first marketer to sign up to work with the team of TBS and DumbDumb, which was formed in May to produce sponsored comedy videos to run online, on Web sites like tbs.com, as well as on related TBS mobile, app and social properties.
The brand 2014 Subaru Forester and Forester XT Turbo are of course bigger than the previous generation of Subaru's popular Crossover. Gone on the XT Turbo is the hood scoop, instead the turbo-charged model gets a different front fascia from the standard 2.5 Liter model. Of course both versions of the Forester get a boxer engine and there is even a newer version of Subaru's all-wheel-drive system. Check out this exclusive TFLcar video to watch the 2014 Subaru Forester crash the party at the 2012 LA Auto Show.
On Friday, Rally America announced its seven-event Rally America National Championship schedule for the 2013 season. It will once again begin with the Sno*Drift Rally in Atlanta and Lewiston, Michigan on January 25-26, 2013.
EXECUTIVE EDITOR BOB GRITZINGER: This 2012 Subaru Forester 2.5XT Touring seems to be the perfect transportation appliance, good for hauling people and possessions through good weather and bad, with very few downsides. Power is ample from the turbo flat four—surprisingly strong, really—providing the ability to pull into the stream of traffic or pass with little or no worries. The car's agility is also a strong point, with mechanically direct and immediate steering, and a stiff suspension that keeps the tall wagon stable in the corners and when quick changes of direction are needed. Brakes feel a little on the soft side, but only seem underpowered when every seat is occupied.
Subaru’s all-new Forester recorded excellent results when it was tested by Euro NCAP, being granted the maximum five-star rating. However, since the previous generation car was not tested in Europe, we cannot make an accurate judgement of just how much the car’s safety has improved.
It will take a sharp eye to note the styling changes to the redesigned 2014 Subaru Forester, introduced Wednesday at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Subaru wants consumers to see a familiar look but focus on improved fuel economy – traditionally not a strong suit – along with more power in the turbo version.
Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the manufacturer of Subaru automobiles, today announced that the Subaru Impreza G4 (4-door Sedan) / Sport (5-door) series won the top rank "Five Star Award" for earning the maximum five star overall rating in the 2012 Japan New Car Assessment Program (JNCAP) crash safety evaluation tests conducted by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) and the National Agency for Automotive Safety and Victim's Aid (NASVA).
Ask Subaru about the difficult car market and it is likely to ask in response, "What difficult car market?" The little Japanese brand has its XV sitting on top of sales charts in (one small corner of) Europe, the BRZ is still allergic to sitting on dealer lots, the company has raised its financial forecast due to strong US sales and being in the top five of Consumer Reports' reliability ratings is the sprinkles on the cupcake. Just-Auto now reports that Subie is considering increasing US production by 30,000 units as soon as 2014, and another 100,000 units as soon as 2016. That's good news for Subaru's Lafayette, Indiana plant, which builds the Legacy, Outback and Tribeca.
Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) is pleased to announce Subaru Rally Team Canada's win in the final event of the Canadian Rally Championship season, the Rally of the Tall Pines, which was held this past weekend in Bancroft, Ontario. The conclusion to the 2012 season was victorious yet drama-filled for Subaru Rally Team Canada driver Pat Richard and co-driver Alan Ockwell. In a battle for the lead, Richard and Ockwell suffered two flat tires and severe brake impairment after front brake damage caused the rear brakes to overheat and catch fire. Despite these setbacks on the final three stages, the duo pressed on for a first-place podium finish, earning Subaru second place overall in the manufacturer's championship.
Convertible version of Toyobaru sports car to be unveiled next spring Just in time for top-down summer motoring, a report in Autocar says Toyota will debut a convertible version of its GT 86 sports car (sold in Canada as the Scion FR-S, above, and Subaru BRZ) next March at the annual Geneva auto show.
The Subaru BRZ is set to get a power and performance upgrade. A BRZ STi concept debuted at last year’s Los Angeles Motor Show, where global marketing manager Atoshi Atake told us: “We can develop the [engine’s] intake system; there is certainly room for improvement there.”
The fact of the matter is this: the BRZ would lose a drag race to the wimpiest of Ford Mustangs, and the little Subie’s power output basically matches the Hyundai Sonata. Subaru fans with lead feet would do well to walk across the showroom and put their money down on a WRX instead.
When Subaru revealed the all-new 2014 Subaru Forester in Japan on November 13th, Fuji Heavy Industries President and CEO, Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, introduced the new crossover with a unique new Projection Mapping presentation for those who were in attendance. The new 2014 Forester is about to make its North American debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto show, and Subaru has plans to show the vehicle's package in a unique new display that will be on the floor of the LA Convention Center.
After the 2014 Subaru Forester has been officially presented to the public just a few weeks ago, the model is ending up in our news once again, this time with the “help” of a video find, which is revealing the vehicle during its presentation in its home market. The new generation of the Subaru Forester is wearing the 2014 model year in its name, which means that it will become available to its future customers in 2013. The North American version of the model will make its public debut later on this month, during the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show.
By the usual measurements, Subaru should be no more than an afterthought in the U.S. car market. It sells just seven car and crossover models and accounts for a slim 2.3% of U.S. auto sales. By itself, the Toyota Camry outsells the entire Subaru lineup. For years Subaru has been essentially a regional brand -- strong in the Northeast and Northwest but unknown in the rest of the country. No overnight success, Subaru of America -- the U.S. arm of Japan's Fuji Heavy Industries -- began selling cars in the U.S. 44 years ago and still ranks only 12th in size. Hyundai and Kia, which arrived two decades later, have developed broader product lines and sell several times more vehicles.
A decade ago Subaru was on the crest of a wave. It had powered two of the UK’s great rallying icons, Colin McRae and Richard Burns, to their respective World Rally Championships and picked up no less than three constructor’s titles along the way. On the road, progressively more extreme iterations of the Impreza found themselves locked in an automotive arms race with the Mitsubishi Evo – much to the delight of petrolheads the world over.
Carmichael Lynch has hired David Eiben as its managing director for the Subaru of America account. Eiben, who started his 20-year account management career in Minneapolis with agencies that included Martin|Williams and Fallon, has been account director for Sid Lee, where he led the Dell consumer account for the Americas, Carmichael Lynch said in a news release.
The Subaru XV has been named the ‘SUV of the Year’ by 4x4 Magazine for 2012.
Subaru Canada, Inc. announced this week that Auto123.com named the new Subaru BRZ its 2013 Sports Car of the Year.
Just as Subaru is preparing for the debut of its next-generation Forester, its STI performance division has just unveiled something a little more interesting. Available as both a wagon and sedan, Subaru has just unveiled details and photos of the limited edition Legacy STI.
C/D: What’s in the garage at home? CD: A 2004 Subaru WRX STI, which I bought when I turned 16 using money from a ‘first-car savings account’ that was started when I was five.
Whatever happened to Subaru? Not so long it was flying high (literally, in the case of its World Rally Championship-winning Imprezas) then, nothing.
Automakers are always trying to find creative ways to introduce new products to the media, and Subaru definitely came up with an interesting idea to unveil the new 2014 Forester earlier this week. With a large screen and two covered Foresters, Subaru used projection mapping to make for one eye-catching presentation.
Toyota's brilliant new ad for the GT-86 (known Stateside as the Scion FR-S or Subaru BR-Z) has a clear and simple message: That its rear-wheel drive sports car offers an exciting escape from the endless line of characterless models weighed down with driver assists that deaden the driving experience. In the ad, the GT-86 is driven through the narrow streets of an animated dystopia as Big Brother tries, and fails, to stop the driver escaping from his humdrum soulless existence.
Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. forecast at least 6% growth in U.S. sales of its Subaru-brand vehicles next year amid growing momentum in North America, the head of the company’s U.S. unit said.
We will admit to having been so smitten by Subaru’s first-ever rear-drive performance coupe, the BRZ, that we haven’t paid much attention to the carmaker’s organically grown, high-fiber AWD wagons and crossover SUVs of late. It isn’t that we don’t have the occasional need for something suitably demure to take the golden retrievers to a quilters’ convention or retrieve a Victorian-era Ottoman for an installment of Antiques Roadshow. It’s just that the relationship had grown so cozy and familiar we’ve begun to take each other, you know, for granted.
The Subaru Forester was among the leading wave of compact crossovers in the late 1990s, but it was hardly the definition of the segment. As the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V wrote the rules that would be followed by every major mainstream automaker for the coming decades, the Forester marched to its own wagon-like beat. Riding on the Impreza platform, the original Forester resembled a car more than an SUV.
Being a niche player in the grand panorama of the automotive industry and discounting its well-deserved reputation for marching to a somewhat different beat than the mainstream automakers, it’s quite understandable that Subaru doesn’t want to upset the status quo by messing with a good thing.
After it was officially unveiled just a few weeks ago, the new generation of the Subaru Forester is being placed into the spotlights once more, this time with the car manufacturer releasing the first promotional video with the model. The 2014 Subaru Forester has went on sale in Japan on the 13th of November, and the model will make its U.S. debut later on this month, during the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show.
It's the next Subaru Forester, due throughout the United States and Canada by the middle of 2013. The 2014 Forester represents the fourth major overhaul of a vehicle introduced in 1998, at the leading edge of the “crossover” wave.
A white-gloved security guard waves us to a halt as we approach a gate topped with razor wire. Nearby on a tall pole a surveillance camera stares impassively at our vehicle as our driver steps out for a conference with the sentry. After a few minutes of animated discussion just out of earshot, a cardboard box is passed around, into which we're obliged to deposit any cameras, cell phones or other recording devices we may have stashed on our person.
We're deep inside Subaru's Tochigi Proving Grounds north of Tokyo, and our test driver is getting rowdy in a turbocharged prototype of the all-new 2014 Subaru Forester. Rocks are furiously pinging off of Subie's new crossover as he whips it into a gravel rut and gracefully executes a four-wheel drift as the 2.0-liter FA20 turbo wails away. So, yeah, seems capable enough.
The Subaru Forester has long been the vehicle of choice for outdoorsy people, competent, no-nonsense lesbians, and Vermonters (not to be confused with Vermonsters, a colossal tub of ice cream incapable of purchasing a car), and I don't think that's going to change with the new 2014 model. It's been updated in some pretty significant ways, but it retains the fundamental qualities that have made it a niche favorite.
At the end of the month, we will have the opportunity to see the next generation of the Subaru Forester in the flesh during its world premiere at the 2012 Los Angeles Autos Show, but in the meantime, we have a ton of new and high-resolution photos of the Japanese Domestic Market model (JDM) to share with you.
The much anticipated all-new 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek officially arrived in showrooms in late September and the new crossover is already a hit with buyers. Sales in Japan have already more than quadrupled the Japanese automakers initial sales goals. The XV, as it’s known around the globe, was expected to be popular with buyers, but it looks like it’s going to be a bigger hit than expected. Subaru hasn’t released U.S. sales figures, but we would imagine the new crossover is having similar success here in North America.
An emotional Sebastien Loeb was thankful to Citroen after finishing his full-time involvement in the World Rally Championship with victory in Spain.
Ford team principal Malcolm Wilson paid tribute to the Blue Oval's commitment to the World Rally Championship after its last rally in Spain. Ford announced last month that it would quit the series as title sponsor of the M-Sport run team, ending a 16-year association with the Cumbrian firm.
Subaru cancelled plans to secure a new joint venture in China because it sadly seems unlikely they will ever succeed. Subaru did make cars in China from 1989 until 2005 with the Yungque-Subaru joint venture, Chinese partner was the military-airplane maker Guizhou Aircraft Industry Corporation (GAIC). The joint venture made the Yunque GHK7071-series based on the Subaru Rex and this Yunqu GHK7070-series based on the Subaru Vivio.
We’ve now spent more than two months with the Subaru Outback wagon and have found it a reliable, refined and overall smooth family car well suited to our needs. We have been impressed by the Outback’s quite cabin and sturdy build quality. It has also surprised us by just how much it can carry for a car that is easy to park and navigate around town.
Turbocharged, supercharged, STI--we've seen and heard it all, and even done some of the speculation ourselves. But the chief engineer of the Scion FR-S, Subaru BRZ, and Toyota GT-86, Tetsuya Tada thinks that's the wrong direction. Instead, he's talking about a KERS-type hybrid like that seen on the Toyota TS030 Le Mans Prototype.
When Scosche Electronics wanted to re-vamp their existing Subaru STI show car, they called John Pangilinan to take on the project. They told him they needed it done it time to take to the 2012 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. As with any project that has a deadline, there are always challenges, but the project was finished on time and he delivered in a big way. John Pangilinan, know as “John P” in the tuner community, took the Subaru STI show car and transformed it into a brand new vehicle.
Fitted with a raised suspension, unique wheels and some bold paint colors, Subaru’s new XV Crosstrek five-door hatchback gets attention.
Stacy Albin of Lido Beach, N.Y., watched water rush into the street in front of her house during Hurricane Sandy. Saltwater soon rose above the wheel wells of her 2010 Subaru Impreza, setting off the car’s panic alarm as the electronics shorted out. The next day Ms. Albin went to open the door with the remote clicker. Nothing. So she used the key that Subaru provides as an alternate means of opening the door and looked inside to find the interior – and her New York Yankees teddy bear – soaked. Her insurance company, acutely aware of the severe damage that results from a saltwater soak, said it was a total loss.
Now in its fourth incarnation, the 2012 SOCSA vs ACSA skidpan day held at Zwartkops Raceway in Pretoria has once again produced great results for the Subaru Owners Club of South Africa (SOCSA). Taking on their German rivals, the Audi Club of South Africa (ACSA) proved to be worthy opponents for the Japanese brand’s official Owners Club, filling the day with powerful action.
January’s Autosport International Show (January 10-13) will feature a tribute to 20012 World Rally Champion Richard Burns, showcasing the some of the machinery the Englishman drove in his competitive career. The centrepiece of the display – made possible by the assistance of the Richard Burns Foundation – will be the Subaru Impreza Burns drove in his championship season with the Prodrive runs works team.
If you weren't aware Scion has a rally team that competes in Rally America, you're forgiven. We didn't either. But this video offers a great look at the team's season, and what they did to prep for the Olympus Rally.
2013 Subaru XV Crosstrex – 5 passenger, 28 MPG combined, AWD, 8.7″ ground clearance, 455 range, $21,995 (great price, great fuel economy, great ground clearance – really a solid pick all around as long as you don’t need 3 rows).
Since its debut in the U.S. market in 1998, the Subaru Forester has been a favorite of those who appreciate all-wheel-drive versatility in a tidy, practical compact SUV package, but didn't want to settle for the usual, mainstream choices of the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, or Ford Escape. We're fans of the Forester as well, having bestowed it our 2009 SUV of the Year award, despite much more lavish and prestigious competitors that year.
Rookie Global RallyCross driver Bucky Lasek has jumped from being one of the world’s top skateboaders to driving a WRX STI for the Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team.
Today we learned that United's 787 Dreamliner isn't exactly revolutionary, but it's quiet and fuel efficient. Could it really be as good on gas as, say, a Subaru STI? One of our readers decided to find out.
Its awkward name notwithstanding, the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek successfully incorporates the key aspects of the brand's Outback line into a smaller, more fuel-efficient package.
If you want a small, high-performance car that's practical enough for family duty, and also drivable, even in snowy-weather states, all four seasons, the 2013 Subaru Impreza WRX family (including the STI edition) should be right up near the top of the list. With strong turbocharged flat-four engines, roomy interiors, a comfortable ride, and a good reputation for safety, these models continue to offer both strong performance and are an impressive value for the money.
If there is a car that calls for modification, it is the Subaru WRX. With their flat-four turbo and a glorious—if currently interrupted—rally history, the Impreza-based WRX and WRX STI have inspired enthusiasts for 20 years now. It is fitting, therefore, that the Japanese automaker would choose the SEMA show to unveil two derivatives that are sure to please brand loyalists as the current-gen WRX and STI are approaching the end of their life cycles. Meet the Orange and Black special editions, of which Subaru will build a mere 300.Two hundred of the special editions will be WRX sedans, and there will be an additional 100 STI sedans for the ultimate in rally-inspired motoring. The changes for this special edition, however, are merely cosmetic. Black wheels, black fender badges, black mirror caps, and black stripes reading “WRX” or “STI” serve as a contrast to the Tangerine Orange paint. That’s not your typical bright orange, but a pumpkin-like color that underscores the dirty look of these Japanese attack devices. It’s tough to distinguish the WRX and the STI from afar. Look for the badging, and, of course, the STI’s massive rear spoiler
The Qatari driver, speaking to WRC Live's Colin Clark ahead of the Cyprus Rally, confirmed he was hoping to conclude negotiations with M-Sport managing director Malcolm Wilson over the weekend. Ford confirmed it would be withdrawing its title sponsorship from the Ford World Rally Team at the end of this season, leaving a budget shortfall for the Cumbrian-based outfit in 2013.
Curvy and creamy white, the 2012 Subaru Impreza WRX STI looks sinewy yet subtle, though the performance potential is given away by these big, sporty wheels set in wide tires. In short, it looks and feels like an athletic machine.
Before thoughtlessly making modifications to a car, the first change a driver should consider is swapping the stock tires. In this episode of Wide Open Throttle, host Jessi Lang heads to Tire Rack’s massive facility in Indiana to find out just how much tires affect a vehicle’s performance. For her tire-testing guinea pig, Lang chooses the 2013 Subaru BRZ.
Minutes after the doors closed on the first day of the 2012 SEMA Show hundreds of attendees got to witness five exciting races in the final round of the 2012 Global Rallycross Championship. A large parking lot, usually jammed full with cars against a dramatic backdrop of hotels and a monorail, seemed an incongruous place for a race on dirt and tarmac However it turned out to be an excellent circuit. For the first time this season the giant jump was constructed out of dirt which suited everyone much better than the slippery steel ramps used in previous rounds. Although one driver did roll over on the first day of practice there were no untoward incidents on the ramp afterwards.
Minneapolis advertising agency Carmichael Lynch announced Thursday it has hired Betsy Burgeson as its consumer engagement operations director.
Ken Block and Tanner Foust earned the top two spots Monday night in Las Vegas during seeding sessions for the final round of the Global RallyCross Championship season at the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show.
Subaru’s small SUV gets a redesign for the 2014 model year. The all-new fourth generation Forester will debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in early December, giving the Birkenstock crowd something to look forward to.
Subaru of America, Inc. today reported 26,119 sales for the month of October, a 30 percent increase over October 2011. The company also announced record breaking annual sales of 271,582 – a 26 percent increase over 2011. This represents a historic high for Subaru of America. Subaru sales for 2012 have surpassed the previous sales record of 266,989 vehicles set just last year. This marks the company's fifth year of sales growth and fourth successive sales record.
There must be something in the water at Subaru HQ. The company, which maintained a stable model lineup over the past decade, is coming out this year with not one, but two new models. The BRZ, and its twin the Scion FR-S, launched earlier to the delight of sports-car fans everywhere. And now we have the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek.
If you look at Subaru’s website, you’ll notice something. They have lots of information on the site about the kind of engines they produce— horizontally-opposed ones. They and Porsche are the only major automakers still making flat engines like this, and it’s great Subaru makes a big point about it. Hell, they’re my favorite kind of engine!
Subaru announced today that it will introduce the 2014 Forester crossover at the Los Angeles auto show in late November. That means the new Subaru Forester will probably go on sale early next year. These official pictures of the 2014 Subaru Forester look almost identical to the leaked brochure photos we saw in September. The crossover gets a more upright, stubby nose with a larger grille, more prominent black lower fascia cladding, and tauter body lines. It looks like a more mature, grown-up version of the current Forester, and the revised grille matches that of the new Impreza, and refreshed 2013 Outback and Legacy.
Photos of a prototype car lapping the Nürburgring provide the latest clue that Subaru may be working on a hotter BRZ STI coupe. The Subaru BRZ seen here has several upgraded components that indicate the car may have been tweaked by in-house tuning arm STI.
A white Subaru BRZ with STI badges has been spotted lapping the Nürburgring. While STI badges on the WRX have always represented higher performance, the additional aerodynamic body modifications of this BRZ seem to confirm what we’ve expected is coming: a Subaru BRZ STI. For more on how the Subaru BRZ STI fits into Subaru’s future performance lineup with the upcoming WRX, read our update from Peter Lyon below.
The love child of Impreza and Forester, with the spec of an entry-level Outback – that’s Subaru’s XV.
“The final race was very long at 16 laps,” Foust said. “The first eight laps I was second, after Ken had a great start, and it was honestly so cool to be behind him with flames popping out of the exhaust. I kept closing the gap and went bumper to bumper over the jump. It was just so committed and intense. He went a bit wide on one of the very last laps of the race, so I was able to get by him and then he caught on fire.”
The great test of human willpower that is the Subaru Challenge 2012 – The Asian Face-Off has finally concluded after 78 hours and 30 minutes. The victor this year is Singaporean Tholmas Gan Yu Shen, who walks (or rather hobbles) away with a brand new Subaru XV. The 42-year old software engineer beat fellow countryman G Jaishanker, who will receive a consolation of S$5,000. Gan, a third-time palm challenge veteran, suffered from the usual blisters and swollen legs. His cause was helped by a relatively good position drawn from the ballot – a second-row car that was less exposed to the sun, and a palm position on the car’s boot.
The 2013 Subaru WRX and STI may be audibly loud, but depending on the color, aren't always visually loud. Subaru has a Halloween-themed fix for that: a pair of limited-run models painted in black and orange that made their debut at the Specialty Equipment Market Association show this week
One of the undisputed greatest X Games athletes of all time, action sports hero Travis Pastrana's death-defying antics can be seen in movie Nitro Circus 3D and the forthcoming live show UK tour.
Greetings from Singapore! The sun finally took a break after two days of full force shine, making way for the first drops of rain from the sky since the Subaru Challenge 2012 – The Asian Face-Off started on 1pm last Saturday. Most, if not all, of the “burned out” contestants rejoiced at the downpour, but for many who dropped out due to heat exhaustion, the repreive came too late. This annual show of human willpower never ceases to amaze me – these hardy men and women have been in the same position for over 60 hours as I type now, with only a five-minute break every six hours to do all necessary business like eat, drink, smoke, massage and toilet.
Subaru launched the all-new 2013 XV Crosstrek in September and sales in Japan have already more than quadrupled the Japanese automakers initial sales goals. Subaru Japan has announced that cumulative sales of the new XV Crosstrek reached 4,277 units in Japan after just one month. Fuji Heavy Industries, the manufacturer of Subaru, had an original monthly sales target of 1000 cars. The popular XV Crosstrek looks like it’s going to be a bigger hit with consumers than expected.
Quebec driver Alexandre Béland, co-driven by Lyne Murphy in a Swap Shop Subaru Impreza WRX, won this weekend’s Rallye de Charlevoix, presented by Coffrages Bouchard. The event was spectacular from start to finish with many changes among the leaders but by the end, Alexandre Béland earned his very first career victory when Steeve Hobbs, favourite to win the rally, abandoned on the last competitive stage.
Ford has slid to the second-from-last brand in the Consumer Reports 2012 Annual Auto Reliability Survey, as it continues to be dogged by problems with its new automatic transmission and the MyFord and MyLincoln Touch system. Japanese automakers took the top seven spots. Scion was rated the highest for the second consecutive year, followed by Toyota, Lexus, Mazda, Subaru, Honda and Acura
Take a 2012 Subaru WRX STI and add 600 horsepower to the already fast car and you get the exciting Global Rally Cross race series that has more action than the new James Bond Skyfall movie. Subaru is bringing their team to Las Vegas to put on a thrilling show for this year’s SEMA attendees. This will be the first time the event is held at the SEMA Show and it will bring one of the most exciting tracks to the GRC events yet. The Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team has three drivers who will compete with their 600 hp Subaru WRX STI Rallycross cars.
The yearly affair that is the Subaru Palm Challenge is back for 2012, and we’re here in Singapore to catch the action while cheering on Team Malaysia, which originally had 10 contestants (out of a field of 400) vying to be the one who drives home a new Subaru XV.
Nicolas Fuchs has become the first Peruvian to claim a win on the Production Car World Rally Championship after he triumphed on the penultimate round of the series in Sardinia last weekend. He claimed his debut victory at the wheel of a Symtech Racing Subaru Impreza STR12 to place himself into contention for the title on the final round of the Production Car World Rally Championship in Spain next month – where there will be a thrilling five-way fight for the title.
For the most part, the next Subaru Forester is a secret no more after the crossover model's details leaked through a Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) brochure and the car itself was photographed at what we assume to be the brand's factory parking lot in Japan. But it's not over just yet, as the new Forester, which will likely be sold as a 2014 model in North America, has been spotted again in its home market on three different occasions, providing us a fresh look on the car.
We love a good Subaru. Two-thirds of the AutoTalk staff owns one, and we all think they are the bee’s knees. That idea changed with the introduction of the new Impreza. When we reviewed the smallest member of the family, we felt that it lacked that special felling that all Subaru vehicles have. We said it was a great car, but a bad Subaru. Now we have been given the keys to the larger sedan of the Subaru family, the Legacy. Will this car renew our faith in the brand, or has Subaru truly lost the plot? Read on to find out.
THE brand once synonymous with cool, high powered turbo saloons was starting to become a bit like the loaf round the corner of the cupboard. By the time you remember the thing’s there, staleness has set in - so you reach for something a little more appetising. Japanese car maker Subaru was certainly in need of a fresh injection of vitality, so it decided to serve up a double.
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® today announced a record number of automotive manufacturers will exhibit at the upcoming 2013 International CES®. Seven of the top 10 manufacturers will showcase their latest technologies on the CES show floor, including Audi, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Hyundai, Kia and Subaru, which is exhibiting at CES for the first time in 2013. Owned and produced by CEA, the 2013 CES, the world’s largest and most important technology tradeshow, is scheduled for January 8-11, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Like its twin, the Scion FR-S, the 2013 Subaru BRZ is a welcome return to an era of fun, light, simple sports cars that are affordable, too. Japanese automakers Subaru and Toyota have been linked for years. Toyota owns a substantial stake in the smaller company, whose Indiana assembly plant manufactures Camrys. So it wasn't a surprise when the two companies announced a joint venture to produce a car … .
The Subaru Outback has a long tradition of reliable, affordable and fun performance both on and off road and now it continues with the 2013 model. For 2013, Subaru of America has raised the bar even further giving the Outback revised front styling, a new more efficient and powerful engine, a new second generation Lineartronic CVT transmission and a leading edge driver assist system called EyeSight that provides the driver pre-collision braking that is capable of detecting and reacting to both pedestrian and vehicle traffic threats plus lane departure and sway warning along with adaptive cruise control.
Fitted with a raised suspension, unique wheels and some bold paint colors, Subaru's new XV Crosstrek five-door hatchback gets attention. But the verdict is out on whether potential buyers will see the Crosstrek as a smartly utilitarian tall wagon or what Subaru officials sought to design -- a compact crossover sport utility vehicle.
Subaru sales rose 27 percent between April and September in North America, which accounts for half of its global sales, slightly ahead of the firm's own forecast.
Had my kid’s bladder help change my perception of the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek? The answer is – yes; yes indeed. I went from disliking it to admiring it. For folks who need a lifted ride to conquer snow and dirt, this is an excellent machine.
A 280 horsepower turbocharged Subaru BRZ STI? According to the most recent report, that's exactly what the Japanese automaker has planned for 2014.
With only one round remaining for the 2012 SUPER GT, the final round will be held at Twin Ring Motegi. This circuit has hosted the season finale since 2009, and formed the setting for championship deciding moments. It is a relatively new circuit for SUPER GT, and is characterised by its so called ‘stop and go’ layout - an assortment of straights and corners joined together. This might be a circuit where the SUBARU BRZ GT300 will have difficulty taking advantage its cornering performance.
The Subaru BRZ is focused on providing driving fun. We see how it matches up to the Mazda MX-5
David Higgins is, if you're not familiar, the 2012 RallyAmerica National Champion driver (along with co-driver Craig Drew), and the lead wheelman in Subaru Rally Team USA's efforts. He's therefore, by definition and demonstration, one bad-ass driver.
For enthusiasts looking for a fun-to-drive, capable, and track-worthy sports car, there are a couple of new, very exciting possibilities on the market this year. And whether you’ve just seen your first 2013 Subaru BRZ or 2013 Scion FR-S on the street and merely want to know more, or you already know the basic back story of these two cars—that they were conceived together by Toyota and Subaru, with Subaru contributing much of the engineering and building them—you’re probably still left wondering how close these two models are. What really is the difference?
No factory fitted supercharger yet, but perhaps this awesome machine is the hot Suburu sportscar everybody is actually dreaming about. At the 2012 Australian International Motor Show (AIMS) in Sydney, the Japanese carmaker revealed a BRZ fitted with what it calls concept sports kit from the STI division.
Subaru is targeting motorsport enthusiasts in Australia with the new track-ready BRZ coupe that was developed in partnership with New Zealand-based Possum Bourne Motorsport.
Matthew Marker died before he could win his first national rally car championship, but family and friends are working to make sure his name lives on in the record books.
The 2013 Subaru BRZ has been named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
How long will it be, do you suppose, before cars start driving themselves? Not long, I suspect, at the current rate of progress.
The Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S twins are some of the most exciting cars for enthusiasts to hit the roads since the original Mazda Miata made it's debut. But one thing was missing from the equation.
The Subaru BRZ is a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive sports car. Developed together with the Scion FR-S (called the Toyota 86 in other markets), the BRZ is one of the products of a joint effort between Subaru and Toyota. Its competitive set includes a wide range of smaller, leaner sports cars such as the Nissan 370Z, Hyundai Genesis Coupe, Mazda MX-5 Miata, or even the Porsche Cayman.
The twin sports coupes from Toyota and Subaru earn the Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS, making each a solid consumer choice in both safety and performance.
While features like Adaptive Cruise Control originated on high-end vehicles, the trickle-down effect of high-tech features on automobiles is only growing. Subaru, which recently rolled out its EyeSight safety system on the 2013 Legacy and Outback, promises to offer it on every Subaru model in the future. To see if the system is all talk or pitch-perfect, we gave it a quick shakedown.
Subaru has recently released a new promotional video with the new XV Crosstrek, revealing the model in several environments, from the beach to the city.
Strong sales figures for Subaru could lead to increased vehicle production at a 3,600-worker central Indiana factory where it already has expansion plans.
Subaru of America, Inc. today reported sales of 28,293 vehicles for the month of August. The company also reported year-to-date sales of 217,780, which represents an impressive 24.7 percent increase over prior year.
The all-new Subaru Impreza sports a refreshingly new and attractive front and its makeover isn’t just a pretty face. While the car has been totally restyled with similar styling cues from its bigger sibling the Legacy and the new XV, with a distinctive hexagon grille and squared-off deck, it still retains its proven symmetrical all-wheel drive and flat-four cylinder engine platform with about an inch of extra wheelbase length, giving it more cabin room. Surprisingly, it is also about 165 pounds lighter than its predecessor. Its 2-liter boxer engine has not improved much in terms of increase in horsepower, the car’s reduced weight and mass has made it perkier than the previous model. Speaking from previous experience, this writer owned a previous generation RS hatchback driven by no less than Subaru’s master of maneuvers, United Kingdom’s Guinness World Record holder and stunt driver Russ Swift himself in several stunt performances during the Manila International Auto Show a few years back.
Many mid-size sedan buyers act like lemmings, continually buying the same make of vehicle year after year. Otherwise, a lot more Subaru Legacy mid-size sedans would be bought.
The 2012 Subaru Outback is a smart-sized wagon, featuring a midsize interior in an easy-to-maneuver and off-road-capable wagon body.The Outback provides the crisp car-like handling and smooth ride of a wagon, with the versatility of an SUV, and its 8.7 inches of ground clearance is more than most sport utility vehicles and crossovers offer. However, the Outback maintains a low step-in height for easy entry and exit.
At first glance, the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek left me puzzled. Who is it meant for? What makes it so different than the Impreza with it shares most every component? Is this just another "sporty crossover" concocted for a made-up segment? But when I saw the XV in the flesh, it immediately skewed my perception. It's that kind of vehicle.
The delightful handling of Subaru’s BRZ means it’s just the car to drive when you’re faced with a mythological snake road controlled by the elements, and doing everything it can to unstick the rubbers and send you plummeting to the ground.
Subaru of Puyallup will host the Subaru PUMA Rallycross team Friday and Saturday. The team from Vermont SportsCar will be on-site with their interactive display to share with casual fans and hardcore enthusiasts.
Subaru may have introduced the 2013 BRZ and 2013 XV Crosstrek this year, but the small Japanese automaker isn’t done fleshing out its model range. Though a flagship sedan and larger crossover might be what Subaru needs right now, a report from Automotive News suggests the brand will focus on adding a few new performance-oriented cars in the coming years. Here’s a look at what’s in store for Subaru’s future.
What It Is: A next-gen Subaru WRX mule prancing about in the body of a current Impreza sedan. Until now, the turbocharged WRX has been based on contemporary Impreza bones, but the new one—and the even-harder-core STI variant—will be split off from the Impreza lineup both in name and mechanical makeup. So although the car seen in these pictures resembles a current-generation Impreza four-door, the 2014 WRX will look quite different.
Now in its fifth year of production, the 2013 Subaru Forester is the only compact crossover utility with standard all-wheel drive. The sturdy and rugged but easy-to-use wagon is built on sedan underpinnings and offers a remarkably roomy interior, the handing of a passenger car, good ground clearance, and compact exterior dimensions that make it easy to park in even the smallest of spaces. It's virtually the ideal balance for small families in the Snow Belt and other locations that place a premium on the safety and capability of all-wheel drive.
For many years, the Subaru Impreza WRX STi was the super saloon to beat. With its rally-bred roots, fire-breathing turbocharged flat-four engine and four-wheel drive grip it was a true performance car hero. However, while the latest version is every bit as rapid and entertaining, newer rivals such as the Mitsubishi Evo X have stolen the Subaru’s thunder. So, in an attempt to broaden its appeal, Subaru has launched hatchback and saloon versions and dropped the Impreza name tag. Both models are powered by the same 2.5-litre turbocharged motor and feature the same price tag.
Construction has started on a major parts distribution warehouse and training center for growing automaker Subaru of America.
Subaru has finally dropped pricing details of the new 2013 XV Crosstrek crossover. Price tags for the model will start at $21,995 for the Premium model and $24,495 for the Limited model (both prices don’t include a destination charge of $795).
If you hadn't noticed, we're fans of the Subaru BRZ, having given it a 76. But is the down-on-power, corner-carving Japanese car something you'd drive across the continent?
The 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek, the latest addition to the Japanese automaker's all-wheel-drive crossover stable, starts at $22,790, including a $795 destination charge, according to Subaru.com. The XV Crosstrek is slated to arrive in showrooms in the fall.
NFI Real Estate will formally break ground this week on a 526,050 square-foot distribution center and training facility for Subaru of America, the Philadelphia Business Journal reports.
San Juan Capistrano's Tanner Foust emerged from a challenging race Aug. 12 in the Netherlands with his second-place position in the European Rallycross Championship fight intact.
You'd have thought I was an irate Bavarian villager, but instead of using pitchforks and torches, I was going after Frankenstein with a Subaru.
Who hasn't wished for a second set of eyes when sit-ting behind the wheel?
If another automaker attempted to elevate one of its small wagons to the status of "off-roader," it would risk becoming an industry laughing stock. But Subaru is different. It always has been. And just when you think the Japan-based company has settled down and become a conservative member of the community, it ratchets up the funkiness and creates this bold and brash offshoot of its Impreza wagon. You just gotta love it.
TrueCar.com, the authority in new car pricing, trends and forecasting released its Performance Scorecards grading automotive manufacturers and brands for their performance in the month of July. The Performance Scorecards grade each manufacturer and brand on eight different measurements including pricing, sales, incentives, customer loyalty, market share, and days in inventory.
Among the myriad of collision avoidance and detection of one kind or another that seem to be everywhere in the market today, Subaru can actually claim that it’s EyeSight technology is a true ”driver’s aide”.
The updated Subaru Outback and Legacy will be launched on the China auto market in early September, both cars will officially debut on the Chengdu Auto Show late this month. All Subaru’s are imported into China, Subaru failed to secure local production and that won’t change anytime soon.
For the fifth year, Subaru of America has opened up voting that will allow its Facebook followers to weigh in on which charitable organizations will benefit from its "Share the Love" event. Individuals who have signed up as "fans" of the automaker can participate in the "People's Choice" voting between August 6 and 26 to help their favorite nonprofit benefit from the $5 million pool of donations the automaker expects to disperse among the five groups selected.
In their first major update in three years, both models get rounder contours, new wheel rims, and more forceful front end styling, including new bumpers and headlight pods.
This year, Subaru expects to contribute a total of $5 million to five U.S. charities during its fifth-annual Share the Love event, and it will be giving its Facebook fans the opportunity to choose two of those organizations. The automaker will donate $250 for every new Subaru purchased or leased between Nov. 21 and Jan. 2 until it reaches its pledge amount. During the last four years, Subaru has given nearly $20 million to charitable organizations through Share the Love.
If another automaker attempted to elevate one of its small wagons to the status of "off-roader," it would risk becoming an industry laughing stock. But Subaru is different. It always has been. And just when you think the Japan-based company has settled down and become a conservative member of the community, it ratchets up the funkiness and creates this bold and brash offshoot of its Impreza wagon. You just gotta love it.
Ohio based Accelerated Performance owner John Visconti recently headed over to the North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club (NASIOC) to reveal what his company had accomplished with their new turbocharged BRZ by posting the results of the dyno test.
We recently took delivery of our new 2013 Subaru Outback, with some improvements over the previous 2010 model we tested. One is Subaru's new EyeSight system. This pro-active safety system uses a pair of cameras over the rearview mirror to know when to stop the car, if the driver isn't paying attention. We had a chance to try this and several other EyeSight features in a brief demonstration Subaru recently set up at our test track.
Earlier this year, Subaru said its 2013 Outback would be getting some upgrades--a tweak here, a tuck there, a new engine and some dandy new safety features.
The Toyobaru GT86/BRZ/FR-S rumor mills have long suggested that a turbocharged Subaru BRZ STI was in the cards but after months without confirmation, aftermarket tuner garage Accelerated Performance of Toledo, Ohio, has decided to take matters into their own hands.
Okay let’s be honest here, nobody cares about dash plastics and rear leg room in this car, so I’m going to skip the formalities—at least for now, I may return to them later. What everyone wants to know is how this car drives and what it transmits to the driver, right?
Subaru’s U.S. sales reports are beginning to sound like a broken record of record-breaking tallies, with the Japanese automaker recently announcing its best-ever July sales and eighth-consecutive month of gains. Riding a 16-percent increase compared to July 2011, sales at Subaru dealerships totaled 25,183 vehicles last month. Year-to-date, Subaru sales have risen 23 percent compared to the same period last year, moving 189,487 units.
As Subaru makes its way through their lineup redesigns, we went along for the ride and were given the opportunity to check out the 2013 Subaru Legacy.
The 2013 Subaru BRZ is an excellent introduction to rear-wheel drive performance cars. Affordable, responsive, and easy to drive quickly, the BRZ will certainly find buyers who want to race their cars, but don't have the stomach to hit a road course until the monthly payments stop. What's a wannabe racer with a limited budget to do? Allow us to introduce you to Tire Rack SCCA ProSolo racing.
As the car industry evolves, so too does the technology housed in every vehicle. From Bluetooth to keyless entry, what used to be “ahead of the game” and novel is just standard fare nowadays. And as cars get ever more technical, manufacturers are having to ('scuse the pun) reinvent the wheel.
Rally Finland: Overall standings after Stage 18 (Top 20):
Subaru has reported sales for the month of July and the 2012 Impreza leads the list with some very impressive numbers. Overall, July marks eight consecutive months of sales gains for the Japanese automaker with year-to-date sales up 23 percent. In July, Subaru of America sold 25,183 vehicles. a 16 percent gain over the same month last year. The company also reported year-to-date sales of 189,487 which is an even more impressive 23 percent increase over last years numbers.
Who hasn’t wished for a second set of eyes when sitting behind the wheel?
Subaru of America experienced sales increases in July of 16 percent over July of last year, selling a total 25,183 vehicles. The company's year-to-date sales (189,487) are 23 percent higher than they were by this time last year.
Subaru of America Facebook fans will take the wheel on Aug. 6, and select two charities to join three others for the automaker's 2012 "Share the Love" event. Subaru has donated nearly $20 million to charitable organizations through its "Share the Love" sales event over the last four years. This year's fifth-annual event is expected to deliver $5 million in donations to five charitable organizations.
Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) is pleased to announce the release of the 2013 Subaru Legacy. With more modifications than a typical model year change, the 2013 Subaru Legacy has undergone an extensive facelift with a restyled front end including new headlights, grille and front bumper. The 2013 Subaru Legacy also debuts chassis enhancements, which improve ride quality, as well as new amenities, audio capabilities and the introduction of the brand new EyeSight driver-assist system.
Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) is pleased to announce the release of the 2013 Subaru Impreza. Offering much more than you'd expect in a compact car, this fourth-generation Impreza is fun to drive and offers a feeling of confidence behind the wheel. The Impreza also offers fuel economy comparable to two-wheel-drive vehicles while still providing all of the performance and active safety benefits inherent in Subaru's symmetrical full-time All-Wheel Drive system with the choice of two distinct body styles.
On Tuesday, I finished an 800-mile New England trek in a black-on-black BRZ, Subaru's first-ever rear-wheel-drive sports car. I hopped out on the side of Route 107 in Gilmanton just long enough to snap a few photos, and not a moment more.
: Subaru of America, Inc. today reported record sales for the month of July of 25,183 vehicles, a 16 percent increase over July 2011. The company also reported year-to-date sales of 189,487 -- an impressive 23 percent increase over prior year.
Subaru of America, Inc. has announced the release of its Dynamic Digital Brochures for the 2013 Outback and Legacy vehicles, with the iPad® applications soon to follow. The brochures can be downloaded now at Subaru.com and under a new tab on the Subaru Facebook page. The 2013 Outback and Legacy Digital Brochure iPad® apps will soon join other Subaru iPad applications currently available for free download at the iTunes® store.
In May, Subaru rode record sales for the month to surpass BMW as the top automaker in TrueCar.com's Performance Scorecards, receiving the highest grade of A+. Last month was no different, with best-ever June sales at Subaru dealerships resulting in the auto manufacturer again acing its scorecard and leaving BMW in second place.
EVERY now and then Sooby comes out with a special edition from its model lineup, a car with additional goodies at either the same price or at a marginal value premium.
Most creative agencies are quite frankly rubbish at making car videos, so it comes as something of a surprise when we find one that’s more than just tolerable.
A rear-wheel-drive Subaru? Surely it must be a misprint.
The Subaru WRX and STI are factory hot rods, appealing to an entirely different audience than do the basic, fuel-efficient Impreza compact sedans and hatchbacks from which they're derived. They compete most directly with their archrival, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo, which is also a compact sedan with a high-performance turbo four and all-wheel-drive. The WRX (referring to the World Rally series where Subaru made its reputation for tough all-wheel-drive performance cars) is the "base" performance version, and the STI (standing originally for Subaru Technica International) is the hottest model.
If you want a small, high-performance car that's practical enough for family duty, and also drivable, even in snowy-weather states, all four seasons, the 2013 Subaru Impreza WRX family (including the STI edition) should be right up near the top of the list.
As Ted Lalka, Canadian vice-president of product planning and marketing puts it, Subaru is “an attractive alternative to the mainstream brands.”
I had this 2012 Subaru Impreza WRX for the weekend, and I was surprised by how little I missed our long-term 2011 Impreza WRX STI version. This car provides almost all of the fun, without many of the drawbacks of the hard-core model.
Subaru hasn't forgotten about its core audience of active outdoorsy people, but over the past several years it's been taking its all-wheel-drive message closer to the mainstream. And perhaps at the center of that effort is the Subaru Impreza; last year the automaker significantly changed its small hatchback and sedan to align more closely with what small-car buyers really want.
In 1995, Subaru became one of the first manufacturers to jump into the emerging crossover SUV market when it introduced the Forester, which was essentially an Impreza with a new, taller body. Fast-forward to 2012, and Subaru has once again called upon the Impreza to be the bones for an-all new compact crossover, this one called the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek.
The 2012 Subaru Impreza is a good choice for consumers looking for a safe and comfortable all-around vehicle. It seats five, has excellent cargo space and was named a top safety pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
My vehicle, a 2013 Subaru Legacy, smoothly accelerates without any input from me. Strange feeling but I know it’s the Adaptive Cruise Control. The system slowed me down when I ducked into the right lane to let the police cruisers pass. Now, back out in the left lane, with no vehicle obstructing the stereo-cameras in the Legacy, the system accelerates to resume its set speed.
Subaru Road Racing Team (SRRT) drivers Andrew “A.J.” Aquilante and Bret Spaude will race Friday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, one of the most historic auto racing tracks in the world, as GRAND-AM Road Racing brings its two series to the world-famous “Brickyard.”
In the first half of 2012, steady sales of Subaru's Outback and Legacy were overshadowed by the impressive 167-percent year-over-year sales growth of the redesigned 2012 Subaru Impreza. Nonetheless, the Outback wagon remained Subaru's best-seller, and sales of both vehicles have increased year-to-date, with the Outback up 5 percent year-over-year and the Legacy sedan rising 14 percent. Now that refreshed 2013 models of both vehicles have arrived at Subaru dealerships, those numbers could look even better in the second half of the year.
The 2013 Subaru Tribeca is a mid-size crossover that's pitched toward a more urbane crowd—the kind who's more likely to be wearing Cole Haans than Keens, as the name hints. It's quite the opposite for Subaru's better-selling, ever-outdoorsy Outback wagon. While the Tribeca is only slightly larger than the Outback wagon (which is much more fuel-efficient), the Tribeca's advantage is that it offers three rows of seating--to fit up to seven
It was bound to happen sooner or later, and the winner of the I-don't-care-about-the-warranty-and-want-more-power-now contest comes to us from Toledo, Ohio. Accelerated Performance, an import tuning shop there, outfitted a brand new Subaru BRZ with a custom turbo.
While we here at High Gear Media generally adhere to a strict “no mime videos” policy, on occasion we’re forced to make an exception to this rule. Such is the case with a new series of videos from Subaru that focus on explaining the automaker’s core technologies.
Subaru Rally Team USA’s David Higgins and Craig Drew won their second straight Rally America National Championship title at the New England Forest Rally on July 13-14th with an event left on the Championship calendar. Needing just sixth place or better the team battled though blinding dust and hot humid weather to take the national title with a second place overall podium finish.
On the heels of Ken Blocks insane Gymkhana videos and the groundbreaking snowboarding/rally part to close out DCs MTN.LAB 1.5 video, the DC Co-Founder and Rally Team Driver has joined with Subaru to make the worlds fastest cat track operation automobile for backcountry access for snowboarding.
The Subaru Impreza WRX STI is a car in which drifting comes as natural as breathing. However, this is only true if you know your way around the STI’s understeer-biased all-wheel drive handling, so if you really want to make this Scooby dance, you have to turn to a rear-wheel drive setup.
Despite one more round to go among the 2012 running of the Rally America National Championship, Subaru has earned enough points to guarantee an overall victory. With the New England Forest Rally complete, David Higgins and Craig Drew simply needed a sixth or better finish to “mathematically clinch” the crown and that’s just what they did. Taking second place at the dust filled event, the Subaru Rally Team is looking to put one more oversized trophy on their fireplace of wins.
Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) is pleased to announce the release of the 2013 Subaru Outback. With more modifications than a typical model year change, the 2013 Subaru Outback has undergone an extensive facelift with revised styling, chassis enhancements to improve ride quality, new amenities and audio capabilities as well as the new EyeSight Driver Assist system.
Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) is pleased to announce the release of the 2013 Subaru Forester. While the Forester continues to be available in a wide range of trim levels including the Forester 2.5X, 2.5X Convenience Package (and 2.5X Convenience Package with PZEV option), 2.5X Touring Package, 2.5X Limited Package and the top-of-the-line turbocharged 2.5XT Limited, the 2013 Forester enters the new model year with thoughtful enhancements for greater style, convenience and safety throughout its lineup.
The TT course, super bikes, rain, and oh, no speed limits! Those are what spring to mind when we think about Isle of Man. This magical Island located between England and Ireland is a petrolhead’s heaven. This is also the place Jason Cammisa took the new Subaru BRZ for a little drive. Well, he went to see a TT race, but it was cancelled because of the weather. So he went on to check out the BRZ, and not just the standard car.
According to Subaru, it allotted 201 BRZs to be sold through Jan. 1. It must have known that there was a significant demand and given its ridiculously small supply -- keep in mind that Subaru really is a small volume manufacturer -- there was no other civil way to go about this.
The 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek may be best thought of as the automotive equivalent of a good cross-training shoe--not sharply honed for any one thing, but surprisingly fit and fortified for a wide range of conditions. As the epitome of a crossover, the Crosstrek looks brawnier yet not too carlike; it adds some rugged off-road ability but still handles like a hatchback or sport wagon on the road; and it offers some pretty impressive cargo space, versatility, and places to stow gear--for the trip out to the ski slopes, the campsite, or the beach.
Subaru Rally Team USA driver David Higgins has captured his second straight Rally America National Championship after a measured second place finish at an extremely dusty New England Forest Rally. Higgins and his co-driver Craig Drew entered the New England Forest Rally, round five of the six round Rally America series, with enough of a cushion atop the championship standings that just a sixth or better finish would mathematically clinch the Rally America Driver's Championship for he and the Subaru team.
Tanner Foust and David Binks have a battle out on their first qualifying lap at Global Rallycross round 4 in New Hampshire.
While much of the country was bearing record-breaking heat last month, U.S. Subaru dealerships were experiencing record-breaking sales. The automaker posted its best June sales ever and extended its streak of sales growth to seven months. Boosted by the popularity of its redesigned Impreza and its new, fast-selling BRZ sports car, Subaru's sales of 27,702 units last month were 40 percent higher than June 2011.
TrueCar.com, the authority in new car pricing, trends and forecasting released its Performance Scorecards grading automotive manufacturers and brands for their performance in the month of June. The Performance Scorecards grade each manufacturer and brand on eight different measurements including pricing, sales, incentives, customer loyalty, market share, and days in inventory.
In July of 2011, Subaru Rally Team USA driver David Higgins took second place at the New England Forest Rally, which was good enough to propel the Manx driver to the top of the championship standings for the 2011 season.
Subaru Australia has announced an exciting online selling method for its new BRZ sports car.
The waves crashes on the rocks, leaving behind the trace of their passage. The patient surfers await for the perfect wave to show up. And the kids, numerous, come and go restlessly in the warm sand. That enchanting view, on the island of Oahu in Hawaii, is the spot chosen by Subaru to give their latest SUV its first go, the XV Crosstrek.
After maintaining a low profile as a niche brand for more than 10 years, Subaru is now planning to go public - well, at least in Thailand. Tanchong International and Motor Image Subaru CEO Glen Tan said during the third quarter of last year that Subaru is heading towards a major transformation in the Asean region.
No. 99 Boost Mobile Toyota crew chief Scott Zipadelli would love for nothing more than his driver Travis Pastrana to race well in Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
When it comes to midsize family sedans, four-cylinder engines rule. Ford, Chevrolet and Hyundai have eliminated optional six-cylinder motors in their newest midsize cars, though Honda, Toyota, Chrysler and Nissan continue to offer V-6s, with about ten percent of buyers choosing this option
The town has moved forward in its efforts to generate new jobs for the community.
The Subaru version of the Toyota-Subaru joint-effort sportscar, the BRZ slash GT-86 slash FR-S, has just gotten a very hot commercial for Canada (literally, as things burn and steam up). It features the car (predictable, we know), a lot of slow motion and a bit of drifting (also in slow motion), then some fast driving shots.
Filmed by Speedracer38 (respected photographer Jason Thorgalsen), the video claims to have been filmed along Germany’s unrestricted Autobahn, with the YouTuber stating, “After a grueling 1,000 mile break-in period I was looking forward to see what the car was capable of. I shipped the car to the autobahn to do some high speed runs in the car and attempt the top speed” and the following video is a result of that quest.
The 2013 Subaru BRZ that is used in the Canada commercial is dark blue, but the car should have been red because the car is so hot it melts everything around it. Subaru Canada is airing a commercial for our neighbors up north that we won’t get to see here in the U.S., but thanks to YouTube, you can watch one of the best advertising ads we’ve seen in a long time.
It looks like Gymkhana 5 is finally here, with all the San Francisco-shredding goodness we expected. Jump drifts? Check. Cable car drifts? Check. Travis Pastrana drifts? Check.
A car that’s known for its mom-friendliness and the affectionate nickname “Subie” has to do something big to ramp up its sex appeal. So, with the arrival of the “designed to ignite” 2013 Subaru BRZ, DDB Canada showcases the car’s hotness by having it scorch everything in its immediate vicinity. As plastic cups and yellow paint bubble and curl, dubstep (“Execute” by Excision) wails in the Radke’s Common Good-directed launch spot.
Epic would be an apt word to describe this new work from DDB Toronto and Radke's Common Good for the 2013 Subaru BRZ. Pretentious works too. Taking the notion of "that's a hot car" to new heights, we see the effects of the BRZ on its surroundings in a parking garage.
A street art-style installation ad that singed Montreal’s Boulevard Saint-Laurent the weekend of the Grand Prix; an “enormously expensive” holographic cover ad on the face of every issue of Toronto alternative weekly mag The Grid.
Subaru has announced that the 2013 WRX STI will add the competition version Spec C to the four door variant. The "A-Line type S Package" was also introduced in both the 4-door and 5-door models. But before you get too excited, the new lighter, more powerful Subaru WRX STI models will only be available in Japan
Big story concepts usually start with a simple "What if?" In this case, it went something like this: What if we drove the new Subaru BRZ on a 750-mile trek on some of the most amazing roads in the Land of the Rising Sun? And what the heck, we'll throw in watching the BRZ contest a Super GT race and tour the plant where it's built for good measure.
Los Angeles, California. It was just another day in the office for eight-time WRC Champion Sebastien Loeb as he masterfully steered his Citroën DS3 to overall victory at X Games RallyCross. Not only was it his first time at the X Games, it was also the first time Loeb participated in a RallyCross event and the French rally ace still took home the gold medal.
Subaru of America, Inc. today reported record sales for June 2012 of 27,702 vehicles, a 40 percent gain over June 2011. The company also reported year-to-date sales of 164,304 - a 24 percent gain over prior year.
Subaru of America Inc. is among the major U.S. car manufacturers that posted booming June sales figures in June.
In its first full month of sales in May, the all-new 2013 Subaru BRZ sports car leaped out of the gates as the fastest-selling vehicle in the United States. According to Edmunds.com, Subaru BRZ models stayed on dealer lots for an average of just four days last month, the quickest turnaround in the country.
Subaru is one of the pioneers of the crossover vehicles that are now all the rage. David Thomson gets behind the wheel of the company's latest contribution to the genre, the new XV.
Those were the only words on my mind as our rolling convoy plowed its way over hill and dale on the Isle of Man, up Snaefell Mountain and back down again. Thing is, those taillamps were little more than faint twinkling halos shrouded in obscurity, nodding up and down obeisantly to the undulating road famously known by locals as the Mountain Course.
Last week I was invited to the Outer Banks of North Carolina to spend some quality time with the Subaru family. Beyond getting to know the small, fun and passionate team behind the cult manufacturer's US presence, it was also a chance to put the 2013 Outback through some rigorous testing. Proving the all wheel drive wagon could tackle sand dunes was fun, but what really impressed was their all-new EyeSight safety system.
The Forester 2.5XT has a couple things going for it that can be found in tandem in many other Subarus, but it is an especially nice combination, and worth mentioning straightaway: its turbocharged boxer engine, and all-wheel drive.
In a word, the best have always been about balance. Sure, straight-line acceleration needs to be up to snuff to quickly bring the car to a high rate of speed, but your model sports car also needs brakes up to the task, and a suspension that can handle the corners. In terms of turns, the car needs balance there too. The best performing allow the driver the ability to turn in and take a set, hit the apex, and then roll on the throttle as the car tracks out, with ease, duping the driver into thinking they're the next Mario Andretti
The field of competitors for Sunday's RallyCross event at X Games Los Angeles 2012, which already included a deep mix of veteran rally drivers and crossover action sports heroes, just got more interesting. On Friday, Travis Pastrana announced that his friend and Red Bull teammate Bryce Menzies has been added to the list of invited athletes [Pastrana sees him as something of an ally in the race], and on Monday eight-time World Rally Championship champion Sebastien Loeb confirmed he'll also be making his X Games debut this weekend.
The Subaru BRZ is The Car We Demanded, Well Actually The Other Car We Demanded After We Demanded The Cadillac CTS-V Station Wagon But Who's Counting Demands? It's got a lot of good, but is it as good as we'd hoped for? We found out.
San Juan Capistrano's Tanner Foust earned a victory at the Norwegian round of the European Rallycross Championship last weekend to extend his podium streak to four-straight races and bring him within striking distance of the overall title as the series heads into its second half.
Block’s entry in to the World Rally Championship has been viewed by many as more a gimmick than anything else, but his performance in New Zealand proved that this is far from the case.
Remember Subaru's Advanced Tourer concept from last year's Tokyo motor show? Believed to preview the next Liberty, the silver wagon was virtually ignored as the media pored over the BRZ coupe, co-developed with Toyota.
With the 2012 edition of the Summer X Games kicking off Thursday, June 28 in Los Angeles, the excitement over the 18th installment of the annual event is through the roof.
If you could go anywhere on an epic drive, where would you go? For associate online editor and avid JDM enthusiast Nate Martinez, the answer was easy — Japan. His ride of choice is the latest rear-drive sports car to hail from the land of the rising sun, the 2013 Subaru BRZ. Martinez brings us along on his Japanese road trip in the latest episode of Epic Drives
Most accident avoidance systems use a combination of optical and radar sensors to recognize cars and pedestrians, but Subaru's new EyeSight system is simpler: using two CCD cameras mounted on either side of the rearview mirror, the arrangement processes stereoscopic images and uses shape recognition software to perceive potential impact, applying brakes when necessary.
Inventory turns are the bane of a car dealership sales manager’s existence, as the general manager will ride the sales manager like a rented mule if a unit stays on the lot past 30 days. In reality, the average car sits on a dealership’s lot for a little over 50 days – that’s a lot of gripe sessions from the GM. According to a report from Edmunds, via our pals at Auto Blog, the sales managers at Subaru and Scion dealerships can breathe easy every time a shipment of new BRZ or FR-S models comes rolling in on the back of a transporter.
Subaru achieved its best-ever May sales in the United States last month, but according to vehicle-pricing site TrueCar.com, the automaker’s impressive performance extended beyond just the units it sold. Surpassing prior leader BMW, Subaru had the highest grade in TrueCar.com’s May 2012 Performance Scorecards, which evaluated each automaker on a variety of factors ranging from pricing and incentives to customer loyalty and market share.
Subaru of America has announced the launch of its social guidebook, “Subaru Guide to Everything.” The “Subaru Guide to Everything” will serve as a place where owners can share their favorite sites and activities with the world. Owners and Subaru fans can add and browse their favorite hikes, campgrounds, dog parks, sites, bike trails and restaurants.
The Township Council on Wednesday approved a redevelopment plan and financial agreement that will pave the way for Subaru of America to open a parts distribution center in a planned warehouse complex on a northbound Route 130 parcel south of Cedar Lane.
MediaSpigot LLC announced the re-launch of Subiesport Magazine as multi-platform television series making its debut this Fall. The reborn Subiesport will contain magazine-style video content and follow a traditional print publication schedule. To help fund this innovative new show, MediaSpigot is holding a pledge drive at the series’ official web site, http://www.subiesport.tv.
If you’re one of those people who believes Subaru’s BRZ (nee Toyota GT 86) needs more power, then fear not, it’s already in the pipeline – turbocharging, all-wheel drive and even bigger capacity engines are all on the product team’s to-do list.
The Subaru BRZ is a low-slung, lightweight, rear-wheel-drive coupe. It's the result of an engineering partnership between Subaru and Toyota; marriage that also spawned the Toyota GT86
Subaru has revealed it will be producing supercharged and turbocharged STI version of the BRZ in the UK.
The Subaru Outback first debuted in 1994. As a teenager I mocked it, but secretly would have been cool with one for a first car. For years I’ve smugly looked at the Outback with an “I’m so much cooler than that car” smirk. Turns out, I’m not...
For years, Subaru used the tag line "The beauty of all-wheel drive" to promote their all-AWD lineup, until the age-old line was quietly traded in for "Confidence in motion." And as we've been experiencing at our test track, the BRZ coupe lives up to the new pitch line. And then some.
Overall, the top manufacturers on the Scorecards in May were Subaru, BMW, Subaru, Hyundai and Jaguar/Land Rover. Near the bottom of the list were Mitsubishi, Mazda, Suzuki, and Volvo. The brands that received the highest grades were BMW, Land Rover, Audi, FIAT and Hyundai. The brands with the lowest grades were Volvo, Suzuki, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Jaguar and Porsche.
The 2012 edition of the tarmac scorching Subaru Impreza WRX STI made its debut at the Sepang International Circuit in conjunction with the Super GT's Round 3 featuring a host of improvements.
The name Travis Pastrana may ring a bell if you are less than 30 years old and into action sports. If not, that's fine, he's another “do everything possible” guy living out most of our wildest fantasies.
The Subaru BRZ is a brand new car developed in partnership with Toyota. It’s an affordable 200 horsepower sports coupe with a rear-wheel drive architecture. That sounds like a formula for fun, so naturally the people who are going to buy it are very young.
So even though we've driven it at the Subaru test track in Japan, in the French Alps and even in Detroit, we figure you want to hear about what it was like to drive it on the Isle of Man during the grand and wild motorcycle races of the TT when the rain was pouring, the Manxsters were celebrating and there were sheep leaping loose in the fields.
If previous owners don’t say “Wow” at their first look, I’ll join them in their Liar’s Club roast. And newcomers to the brand will see confident styling, a roomy interior with good-quality plastics and favorable starting prices.
Subaru of America has announced the launch of its social guidebook, "Subaru Guide to Everything." The "Subaru Guide to Everything" will serve as a place where owners can share their favorite sites and activities with the world. Owners and Subaru fans can add and browse their favorite hikes, campgrounds, dog parks, sites, bike trails and restaurants.
What happens when Subaru, known for making left-field performance cars, refocuses their engineering prowess to, instead of building another tarmac terrorist, creating the ideal city car for the zeitgeist?
It is blue, but it doesn't have gold wheels. Does that mean it can legitimately be a fast Subaru? Of course it does. With the BRZ Subaru is trying to move away from the rally special and towards the cultured end of the fast car market, offering a 2+2 coupé developed in conjunction with Toyota.
Travis Pastrana won't be back in the Nationwide Series until July 14th's race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, but it hasn't stopped him from seriously committing to his new craft.
Ever wonder what goes into a car commercial? Me too. I got a sneak peek into the filming of an online ad for the new Subaru BRZ sports coupe last Tuesday.
Subarus have always been reliable, but who would have thought a 1996 Legacy that spent three months at the bottom of a lake in Finland would start first time?
The 2013 Subaru BRZ isn’t Subaru’s first rear-drive vehicle, but it may be their best. What better place to test the new sports car from Subaru than the legendary Manx Rally course on the Isle of Man. And there is no better driver to test the BRZ than driver Mark Higgins. The luck guys at High Gear Media got to ride along and video tape the fun driving experience.
Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., the maker of Subaru brand cars, is considering building a new plant in the United States to begin operating possibly in the year starting in April 2015, after facing difficulty launching production in China, sources said Friday
Subaru prides itself on being a brand for adventurous types -- a reputation that's reflected in the company's lineup of sporty, AWD vehicles.
Even if the Subaru BRZ is already available on several auto markets worldwide, that doesn’t mean that the company has to stop promoting it and the latest material to hit the web with the Japanese sports car is the one posted below this article. The Subaru BRZ is one of the most interesting vehicles, along with the Toyota GT 86 and the Scion FR-S, to hit the market this year and the price of the FR-S in the United States is unbeatable, under 20,000 euros for the base entry-level version.
The Subaru BRZ is the car enthusiasts have been waiting for – a rear-wheel-drive sports coupe which doesn’t cost Porsche money, and makes a fine alternative to front-wheel-drive hot hatches such as the Ford Focus ST.
There are a dizzying number of options in the midsize sedan segment, but when it comes to customer satisfaction, a new survey has found that the 2012 Subaru Legacy is especially appreciated. Autobytel Inc. and AutoPacific’s recently released 2012 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards singled out the Legacy as the winner in its Top Rated Mid-Size Car category after sifting through feedback from pleased owners.
The Subaru Outback wagon used to represent a clear alternative to a crossover, with the redesign adding that all-too-familiar utility bulk to accommodate an interior space gain. Still attractive and reminiscent of that familiar shape of the past, the Outback is excellent on the safety, cargo and light off-road adventure front with strong residual valve.
Subarus are pretty amazing cars. As the owner of a beater '86 GL wagon, I'm biased, but now I have solid proof that they kick ass.
In a seemingly endless effort to differentiate the environments in which new cars are experienced by journalists, automakers go from the Costa del Sol to the untamed backroads of rural India to show off their latest offerings
But looked at another way, the new XV Crosstrek is the feisty little Japanese carmaker doing what it does best: taking advantage of its all-wheel drive and U.S. drivers' desire for upright, crossover vehicles to create a new entry in a growing category.
Drive enough cars on enough racetracks and you become somewhat immune to speed-induced terror. Most of us here are completely comfortable hustling the latest models around circuits near and far, so it’s no longer a thrill to strap into the passenger seat and have a pro driver show us what a really fast lap looks like.
Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. in Lafayette was recognized Monday for its heightened commitment to energy conservation that could help the car manufacturing plant save costs and reduce emissions.
It's likely you've seen the term "PZEV" on a vehicle recently. You might have even assumed it was some kind of hybrid or green vehicle. If you guessed the latter, you'd be close.
We chose power, comfort and utility over fuel economy. The 2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium wagon offered lots of the former three. But there wasn’t much to cheer about in the mileage arena — 25 miles per gallon in combined city and highway travel.
Subaru of America, Inc. today reported record sales for May 2012 of 29,724 vehicles, a 48 percent gain over May 2011. The company also reported year-to-date sales of 136,602, a 22 percent gain over prior year.
“Keep it simple” is a siren song for driving enthusiasts and weekend racers who love a certain kind of sports car. And if you hear that as meaning lightweight, rear-wheel-drive, relatively inexpensive, inherently well-balanced, and not overwhelmed by electronic controls—and excluding muscle cars—it’s been a song sung surprisingly little in recent years.
Jokes aside, just when media interest in the car began to slow, Subaru let a couple of guy test drive the BRZ in the mountains, where the twisty bits best show off the handling characteristics that engineers have worked many, many years to hone into the car.
While major automakers based in Japan have been frantic at expanding their overseas production in order to avoid the impact of the strong yen, Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. is doing the exact opposite. It has decided to increase its domestic manufacturing. Earlier this month, Fuji Heavy said that it aims to raise Japanese production to make up around 78% of output for the fiscal year that ends March 2013, compared with 73% the prior year. Fuji Heavy, the maker of Subaru cars, said that it would be “cheaper” to raise the capacity in Japan rather than in the U.S. (its largest market). On May 18, Chief Financial Officer Mitsuru Takahashi was interviewed in Tokyo where he said that it will “cost a lot” to have a big-scale expansion in the U.S. and put up new factory buildings and such.
Fuji Heavy Industries is making a contrarian bet: The maker of Subaru cars is cranking up domestic manufacturing at a time other Japanese automakers are expanding overseas to escape the strong yen.
Sébastien Loeb has moved into another record book with very prestigious company by becoming one of the few to have earned three wins at the car breaking Acropolis Rally of Greece. The hat trick didn't come easy for Loeb as the Citroen driver dealt with pressure from both Ford drivers for much of the FIA World Rally Championship event nicknamed as the "Rally of the Gods." Yet as the Frenchman stayed ahead both Jari-Matti Latvala and Petter Solberg couldn't keep the same pace without making mistakes. That left the door open for a smooth and consistent Mikko Hirvonen to give Citroen their second one-two finish for the season. Another great performance from the living Gods of rally.
Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. is making a contrarian bet: The maker of Subaru cars is cranking up domestic manufacturing at a time when its domestic rivals are expanding overseas to escape the strong yen.
Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (7270) is making a contrarian bet: The maker of Subaru cars is cranking up domestic manufacturing at a time other Japanese automakers are expanding overseas to escape the strong yen.
Stock car racing veterans Mike Greci and Scott Zipadelli serve as an integral part of No. 99 Boost Mobile Toyota driver Travis Pastrana’s introduction to NASCAR.
To us enthusiasts, the shining star of Subaru’s lineup is the Impreza WRX. It has a lot of staunch fans, and there’s always strong debate between the WRX and Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution camps.
Following a record year of sales for its Outback wagon and Legacy sedan in 2011, Subaru has announced that it will meet the increasing demand at Subaru dealerships by expanding the central Indiana plant where the vehicles are built. The Japanese automaker will begin construction this summer on 52,000 square-feet of additional factory space, a move that will increase production capacity at the plant by 15 percent and equates to roughly 24,000 more vehicles per year.
Rally driver Ken Block, DC Shoes and Ford Racing have teamed up once again to release a follow-up to "Gymkhana Four: The Hollywood Megamercial." The new chapter, titled "DC Gymkhana Four: Bonus Edit," focuses on Block's behind-the-wheel driving while incorporating never-before-seen shots and all-new angles of previous shots. DC Shoes calls the new edit a "raw, more focused action edit."
There was a time when Honda was the leading innovator of technology among the mainstream Japanese manufacturers. But it’s 2012 and times have changed. Subaru is taking on the technology race by releasing its EyeSight system on the range-topping Liberty and Outback models as standard equipment.
SUBARU furthers its street cred, tuner-friendly, rally racing heritage as it unveils a trio of Impreza WRX STI hatchbacks that will compete in the six-round, US-based 2012 Global Rallycross Championship series. Scheduled to start on May 26, the series will hold races across speedways in US.
Subaru will expand its Lafayette plant in Indiana to increase production of the Legacy sedan and wagon as well as the Outback crossover. The 52,000-square-foot expansion of the facility's body assembly section costs $75 million. This project will begin this summer and will raise the factory's capacity to 180,000 units during regular shifts, the automaker revealed. Subaru said that the present limit is 156,000 vehicles on straight time. The expansion is also anticipated to bring 100 full-time jobs, according to the company. The Lafayette facility has 3,600 employees, with at least 600 jobs added since 2009. It also manufactures the Tribeca SUV as well as Toyota's Camry sedan.
This is what the 2013 Subaru BRZ might say if it could talk. The all-new, rear-wheel-drive sports car starts at $26,265, and boy is it honest— perhaps more so than any other car on the market today, save for its mechanical twin, the Scion FR-S. The two were jointly developed by Subaru and Scion's parent company, Toyota, with both assembled by Subaru in Japan.
The highly-anticipated BRZ is meant to hit U.S. showrooms imminently priced at $25,495 for the base and $27,495 for the Premium model.On one of their recent photo shoots, Subaru invited a couple of enthusiasts along to check out the car they have been reading about since before it debuted in concept form. Powered by a new Subaru-developed 2.0-liter boxer engine equipped with Toyota's D4-S direct injection system, total output is 197hp and 151lb-ft of torque
The WRX, Subaru's most famous moniker, is to the Japanese automaker what the 250 GTO was to Ferrari. There is no way and no reason to compare either of the two cars or the companies.However, without the WRX, Subaru would have remained relatively unknown outside of Japan without any motorsport titles to its name, devoid of public respect, and deprived of a great car, though not great in the Ferrari sense of the word, but in a Subaru context.
Subaru has already stated that the next WRX will be much different from the regular Impreza sedan in terms of both looks and the architecture. For a while now, we had no idea what this meant, but a recent report from Motor Trend sheds light on the subject.
As their plans for the Chinese market has been abandoned, Subaru now concentrates on its business in the United States, the brand’s biggest market. As per the newly implemented strategy, the company calls for increased output at its Indiana plant and targets to produce around 200,000 units by mid-2014. The automaker has also sraised its U.S. sales target to 380,000 vehicles a year by its 2016 fiscal year. Earlier, Subaru failed to win approval from Chinese authorities to set up a local joint venture with Chery Automobile Co and as a result the automaker had to shift their business from there.
The latest news to leak out of Subaru is as red hot as it is shocking. Remember how the international media called the silver Advanced Tourer Concept at last year's 2011 Tokyo Motor Show the next-generation Legacy? Looks like everyone got it wrong -- including us. We're going to make up for that here, however, since we have just learned that the Advanced Tourer was actually an early look at the next-generation Subaru WRX. That's right folks, the highly-anticipated WRX has already been revealed in prototype form,
This article reviews the 2013 Subaru Outback a highly practical crossover that can handle any kind of weather. Additionally, Subarus currently has the best resale value in the automotive industry.
This is what the 2013 Subaru BRZ might say if it could talk. The all-new, rear-wheel-drive sports car starts at $26,265, and boy is it honest— perhaps more so than any other car on the market today, save for its mechanical twin, the Scion FR-S. The two were jointly developed by Subaru and Scion's parent company, Toyota, with both assembled by Subaru in Japan.
Subaru announced plans Wednesday for a $75 million expansion that would add 100 jobs at its Indiana factory as it increases production of its Outback and Legacy models.
Subaru’s failed relationship with China hasn’t burdened Subaru with too much baggage; the automaker is already moving on, planning to expand its Indiana plant to build more Legacy and Outback models.
We recently discovered that the Subaru Advanced Tourer Concept, shown at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, is actually a preview of the upcoming WRX, not the Legacy sedan. Although the next-generation WRX and WRX STI will ride on a heavily modified version of the Impreza’s platform, the future sports cars — a rendering of what they might look like — won’t use the Impreza name.
Subaru plans a $75 million expansion of its central Indiana factory in order to increase production of its Outback and Legacy models.
Most cars can get through the harsh Canadian winter with a good set of snow tires. On the other hand, few cars enjoy winter as much as a Subaru and its competent all-wheel drivetrain.
At the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show the Japanese automaker Subaru unveiled the sporty XV Concept based on its latest-generation 2012 Subaru Impreza Hatchback. The Subaru XV Concept, with a toughened exterior look courtesy of flared wheel arches, lower body protection and roof racks, hinted at a possible replacement for the outgoing Impreza Outback Sport.
The 2013 Subaru Outback will become the first diesel-powered model in Subaru Australia’s history to come with the option of an automatic transmission.
Travis Pastrana, the action sports star turned NASCAR driver, is now confirmed for both the Graham Tire 150 NASCAR K&N Pro Series race and the Pioneer Hi-Bred 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race
The 2013 Subaru BRZ arrives in showrooms in mid-June, 2012, and make no mistake, this is a car lover’s car. Not since the introduction of the WRX has Subaru brought a more interesting and exciting vehicle to market.
Spring's fresh flowers blossomed right alongside Subaru sales last month, as the automaker recently reported its best April sales ever at U.S. Subaru dealerships. With the help of a six-percent sales jump last month compared to April 2011, Subaru surpassed the 100,000-vehicle mark for the year, which is the fastest the company has hit that milestone in its 44-year history.
SUBARU maker Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) last week forecasted that its 2013 results will post an “all-time high” of 721,000 units sold globally as the carmaker pins its hopes on the healthy sales of the new Subaru Impreza, as well as on the growth of its passenger vehicle tally in Japan and overseas markets, thanks to launches of new products.
THE Outback has been around for a while but the technology is new.
Brian O'Mahony, in a Subaru WRC, has won the Tullow based Mount Wolseley Hotel Carlow Rally.
As most Porsche and Subaru drivers know, the boxer engine got its name by the movement of its pistons. Unlike every engine you, I or our ancestors ever tore apart, the cylinders that house the pistons in a boxer engine - be they four or six - do not form the familiar V.
How is your first day at Darlington? "Never really been scared in NASCAR until today, for sure. Everyone says every track you go to, 'Oh, this is the hardest track or this is this or this is different or challenging,' but never before have I been that scared that far along. It's definitely faster than it looks on TV and you have so much room to the inside, but there's only one line. You have to hit -- especially turn one -- you have to hit the inside, it slides all the way to the top no matter how slow or fast you go, so you might as well hold it pinned and see what happens. I kept lifting right at the end and they said, 'Well, the good drivers around here will hold it pinned,' so I did that and I spun a 720 down the backstretch and was able to keep it off the walls and realized maybe I'm not a good driver yet. We'll learn on that."
If you approach driving as a chore, a daily necessity that facilitates errand running, the commute and the odious family outings to the in-laws, you’ll have little interest in this review
The sleek little two-door sports coupe is a true departure for the diminutive little Japanese car company. A rear-wheel-drive, compact, affordable sportster, it has already created a buzz in the car-enthusiast community.
Problems that Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. have encountered in expanding car production in China could boost future production and employment levels at Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. in Lafayette, according to published reports.
The 2012 Subaru Legacy 3.6R Limited is one of the more well-rounded midsize sedans on the market. It has nice, identifiable styling, a simple though solidly executed interior and an agreeable powertrain that's up for everything.
Yet here we have Subaru taking the minimalist road with the highly entertaining 2013 BRZ, a lightweight, low-slung, long-nosed, short-rear-decked gem with just enough horsepower (200) and more than enough balance and precision where it matters most – in the corners, whether they are tight or sweeping, on-camber or off.
Problems that Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. have encountered in expanding car production in China could boost future production and employment levels at Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc.in Lafayette, according to published reports.
A few weeks ago, we let you in on the conversation that Car and Driver had with executives from Subaru and Toyota about the possibility of a turbocharger on the BRZ, GT 86, and FR-S. It was a flat out “No” on the FR-S and an “Eh, maybe, but not now” on the BRZ and GT 86. Well, first off we think that’s a load of corporate horse manure, as Subaru and Toyota would be out of their engine control modules not to force at least 8 psi into that new jointly built 2.0-liter engine.
Subaru Canada sold 9,322 vehicles through the first four months of this year, which means the company needs to gain more traction to hit this year's sales goal of 30,000.
Rally driver Ken Block and Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee tackle Willow Springs International Raceway in California in Block's 600-hp 2012 Gymkhana World Tour Ford Fiesta. It's a wild ride, to say the least.
The 2013 BRZ is taking Subaru where the company has never gone before – the realm of rear-wheel-drive sports cars.
When we left off last month with action sports star Travis Pastrana, he finished a respectable 22nd at Richmond International Raceway in his debut race in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. [He also finished 23rd a day earlier after spinning out in the NASCAR K&N Pro East Series race at Richmond.]
Subaru introduces its first ever RWD sporty coupe: The BRZ!" What does Subaru know about rear-drive coupes? Are they not all about AWD and safety and fuel economy? This may be true but they were already on this path before Toyota (which owns 16% of Subaru) slipped into the picture
BMX legend Dave Mirra, as well as top skateboard vert competitor Bucky Lasek and reigning European Rallycross Champion Sverre Isachsen have joined forces with sports lifestyle brand Puma for a new endorsement deal just prior to the start of the 2012 Global Rallycross Championship, which begins on May 26 in Charlotte, N.C.
After several years of evolving a relatively stable vehicle lineup, Subaru is releasing two all-new vehicles for 2013: the sporty BRZ coupe and the XV Crosstrek crossover. Autos.ca will have a First Drive of the BRZ in the first half of May, but the Crosstrek won’t be driven until later this summer
Subaru Rally Team USA's David Higgins, along with co-driver Craig Drew, won 12 stages out of 16 to win his fourth Oregon Trail Rally.
REIGNING world champion Sebastien Loeb won his seventh-straight Rally Argentina to extend his lead in his hunt for a ninth drivers’ World Rally Championship (WRC) title.
Every so often, a car comes along that is different from anything else out there, and the 2013 Subaru BRZ is one of those cars. It may not be the fastest or have the most powerful engine, but for those who appreciate a well designed and engineered car, you’re going to love this car. It might not look too impressive on paper, but once you see this video from Subaru, you can see why it’s a special car.
Subaru has always been a niche player in the US market. Building no-nonsense cars with all-wheel drive gets you a loyal following of snowbound northerners, weekend rally drivers, triathletes and Yankee cranks. Outside of those demographics, Subaru is a non-entity: Only those with dissociative identity disorder have ever cross-shopped a Legacy and a Lexus, and the Arkansas Subaru Dealers’ Association could have their annual meeting in a single booth at Shoney’s
Subaru of America, Inc. has announced the official sponsorship of sportslifestyle brand PUMA for the Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team. As part of the multi-year sponsorship agreement with Subaru, PUMA becomes the official supplier of team and racewear and an exclusive licensing partner to the team for footwear and apparel. As part of the team sponsorship PUMA has developed custom graphics for the three Subaru WRX STI program cars.
The Subaru BRZ has been named by Vehicle Dynamics International magazine as ‘Car of the Year’. The Awards’ judging panel – comprised of vehicle dynamicists, automotive engineers and technical journalists – also recognised the role of the BRZ’s development leader, Toshio Masuda, by naming him ‘Dynamicist of the Year’.
The Global Rallycross Championship is one of our favorite new forms of motorsport (new to the U.S., anyway), with motocross-like racing for some incredibly fierce rally-bred cars. For 2012, Subaru and PUMA will be joining forces to take on the energy drink makers and other OEMs of the world (including Mirra's former SRT teammate Travis Pastrana) for the title.
Subaru has been trying to figure out the direction for its three-headed monster, as the Impreza and its WRX and WRX STI variants have grown increasingly at odds over the past two generations. Now this gets thrown into the mix: When the new WRX gets released in late 2013, it may ditch the traditional exhaust-gas powered turbocharger for a new, electric design.
Rather than being a stripper version of the high-performance WRX, the Impreza deserves to stand on its own merits. In its fourth incarnation, the Impreza finally has the style, refinement and value to take some of the middle ground away from the Mazda3 and Toyota Corolla
Subaru of America, Inc. today reported record sales for April 2012 of 26,310 vehicles, a six percent gain over April 2011. The company also reported year-to-date sales of 106,878, a 16 percent gain over prior year.
Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) is pleased to announce its highest ever year-to-date sales with 9,321 units sold in 2012, an increase of 2.2 percent over the previous year. It was also an all-time best month for Subaru Canada's central region with sales up 1.4 percent over last April, setting a new record with 897 units sold and besting the previous record set during the same month last year. Although overall April results experienced a slight dip of 5.1 percent, Subaru Canada is poised to set a new milestone in company history as YTD sales are on track to make 2012 Subaru Canada's best one yet.
The Costco Auto Program today announced that its latest promotion, the Subaru Limited-Time Offer, is producing record-breaking results. One-third of the way through the promotion, more than 8,000 Costco members have registered for the special offer - more than double the amount expected by the company.
New Zealand is one of only three countries that will get a special, higher-riding Subaru Legacy variant powered by a 3.6-litre six-cylinder boxer engine.
The cheap rear-wheel drive sports car that everybody was waiting for has finally gotten its official pricing for the UK market. The Subaru BRZ will be available for purchase later this summer in Subaru dealerships all across the UK. It has already been praised for its poised handling, proper RWD chassis and sporty looks. It features a 2-liter naturally aspirated boxer engine which puts out 200-hp - adequate power as the car is also quite light.
If you've ever driven the rock-hard, super-fast version of the Subaru Impreza, you know it's a car with great bones.
A ground-breaking new electrically-powered turbocharger could feature on the next edition of Subaru's hero performance car, the WRX, when it finally arrives towards the end of next year.
Having led Rally Argentina since Friday lunchtime, the Citroën Total World Rally Team crews made it to the end of day three to secure an impressive one-two. Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena claimed their seventh consecutive win in South America, just ahead of their team-mates Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen. Citroën’s clean sweep means that the team and its drivers picked up a hatful of points for the World Rally Championship standings.
San Juan Capistrano's Tanner Foust dominated in wet conditions to win the opening round of the FIA European Rallycross Championship last month in southeast England.
On Saturday, April 28, 2012, the NASCAR Nationwide Series traveled to Richmond International Raceway for the Virginia 529 College Savings 250. This race featured a new face that many fans had been anxious to see. Travis Pastrana had been best known for his stunt riding and his wins at the X Games. However, now he is hoping to be known for his NASCAR driving. This race served as his Nationwide debut. He finished 22nd but was happy with the result. His race was not clean, as he received a penalty for speeding on pit road, but it was a good start for his new career path.
Sebastien Loeb remains on course for the 70th win of his World Rally Championship career after making it safely through the series' longest stage on Sunday morning in Argentina.
As he fielded a reporter's questions in a tucked-away building outside Richmond International Raceway 90 minutes before his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut, Travis Pastrana was, as usual, doing a little bit of everything.
The first shipment of the two-door coupe which is due here in December is being snapped up.
While the car market isn’t lacking a variety of green options these days, not too many of those options also feature all-wheel drive. Enter the 2012 Subaru Impreza, which was recently listed on RoadFly’s Ten Best Green Cars of 2012. The automotive review site’s list highlighted the most fuel-efficient new vehicles that also refuse to sacrifice driving dynamics, and the Impreza was the only all-wheel-drive non-luxury vehicle included.
SOME motorists swear by the Subaru Legacy Tourer. Its distinctive Boxer engines, all-wheel-drive and reliability all make it stand out from the other options in the medium range and compact executive estate sectors.
Many new car shoppers do much of their research online and while the 2012 Subaru Impreza may not turn heads based on its specifications – this is a vehicle that you need to drive before removing it from your short list due to impressive acceleration, incredible fuel economy, lots of room and the surefootedness of Subaru’s all wheel drive system.
Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the manufacturer of Subaru automobiles, today announced that the Subaru LEGACY (Japanese specifications) received "JNCAP FIVE STAR AWARD" in New Japan New Car Assessment Program (JNCAP) 2011. Conducted by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism and NASVA*, JNCAP assesses and compares the safety performance of commercially available vehicles in Japan.
This is the 2012 Subaru Legacy, which has a range of improvements, including revised suspension and extra kit.
Subaru has unveiled a very cool two-part documentary presenting the development process of their 2013 BRZ sports car. This video talks about the car’s low center of gravity, the new platform, suspension, the steering and driving position and stability control.
There is good news and bad news for Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S fans. The bad news is, we will not see a Subaru BRZ or a Scion FR-S come factory equipped with a turbocharged variant anytime soon. The good news is, Subaru is working on a high-performance version of the 2.0-liter boxer four-cylinder engine for the BRZ.
Travis Pastrana makes his long-awaited debut in the NASCAR Nationwide Series on Friday at Richmond, Va., and we're almost as excited as the man himself.
A higher-riding version of the Subaru Liberty sedan will join the Australian line-up later this year, adding extra versatility to the all-wheel-drive mid-sized range.
The car that was unveiled at the 2012 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition and comes with improvements to the economy, the looks and the safety aspects.
Subaru wasn’t always cool. Back in the late 1980s there wasn’t anything terribly sexy about an L series wagon, the rural veterinarian’s vehicle of choice.
The Subaru BRZ is a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive sports car. Developed together with the Scion FR-S (called the Toyota 86 in other markets), the BRZ is one of the products of a joint effort between Subaru and Toyota. Its competitive set includes a wide range of smaller, leaner sports cars such as the Nissan 370Z, Hyundai Genesis Coupe, Mazda MX-5 Miata, or even the Porsche Cayman.
Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) today announced pricing for its long-awaited 2013 Subaru BRZ rear-wheel-drive sports coupe. The well-equipped entry model with six-speed manual transmission starts at $27,295, and $28,495 for the six-speed automatic version, as Subaru's tradition of outstanding value is evident in the entry model's long list of standard amenities. Key among these are standard HID headlights as well as a comprehensive assortment of user-friendly technologies anchored by a touchscreen navigation system that includes Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity, Bluetooth audio streaming and smartphone integration. The Subaru BRZ Sport-tech Package offers additional comfort and amenities such as fog lights, a body-colour trunk spoiler and dual-zone automatic climate control. In addition to adding heated front seats, interior seats are upholstered with Alcantara inserts and leather bolsters. The push-start ignition with smart key also adds to the convenience of the Subaru BRZ Sport-tech Package, which has an MSRP of $29,295 when equipped with a manual transmission and $30,495 for automatic versions.
A rear-wheel-drive Subaru? Surely it must be a misprint.
The extreme sports star will race a Toyota that will be fielded jointly between Michael Waltrip Racing and RAB Racing. Kenny Wallace has been the primary driver of RAB's No. 09 car - which will be changed to No. 99 for Pastrana.
Breaking from its all-wheel-drive, brand-defining tradition, Subaru has introduced a new, rear-drive sports coupe co-developed with Toyota: the BRZ. We recently borrowed one to get our first impressions at our test track, and as you can see in the video below, our auto engineers came away smiling.
Subaru’s EyeSight driver assist system has won a prestigious Japanese government science and technology award.
Michael Waltrip Racing has formed a Nationwide Series alliance with RAB Racing that will result in Travis Pastrana driving for the team next week at Richmond.
Take a moment and mentally process all of the hype surrounding the launch of the 2013 Subaru BRZ. Go on, I'll wait. Now take that hype and dial it back to 80 percent. That's how good the Subaru BRZ is. It's not the second coming or the messiah for performance driving -- it's not perfect -- but it is quite good.
Now, we’ve got the top tamale of the Impreza range. This is the 2012 Impreza Sport Limited. It’s available only as a five-door wagon, packs a 2.0-liter, flat-four engine, a moonroof, and satellite navigation system. Total cost of admittance is $25,714, with a base price of $22,895.
Travis Pastrana has done absolutely nothing in NASCAR, a harsh fact that he's more than happy to acknowledge. But nobody is blaming him for becoming what appears to be the sanctioning body's third-favorite (and third most important?) driver, behind Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Danica Patrick.
In my idyllic village near the base of the Rocky Mountains, there are two things in abundance: extremely athletic people and Subarus. You can't go anywhere without seeing either one of these things and often they come as a duo. During my weeklong test drive of the Subaru Outback, I was able to fit in — at least in a vehicular sense.
Subaru of America, Inc. announced the release of Dynamic Brochure iPad® apps for the 2012 Subaru Impreza, Impreza WRX/STI, Outback, Legacy and Forester. Fun and interactive consumer tools, the apps showcase the confidence and capabilities of these models.
Subaru of America, Inc. announced the release of Dynamic Brochure iPad® apps for the 2012 Subaru Impreza, Impreza WRX/STI, Outback, Legacy and Forester. Fun and interactive consumer tools, the apps showcase the confidence and capabilities of these models.
Driving the WRX brought me back four years to when the current generation was just making its debut and I was car shopping. Though the WRX was high on my list, I ultimately ended up buying a Mazdaspeed3 instead. Why? Because the kind of fun you have with a WRX is the kind of entertainment found best on unpaved, muddy, and/or snow-covered back roads where you blast past rows of trees, shoot up and down hills like a roller coaster, and go sideways as much as possible; it's the kind of fun where the distinctive note of the turbocharged flat-four rings out through open fields while you do your best impression of an stage-winning rally racer. When I left the office with the keys to the WRX, its dark gray paint was sparkling clean from the car wash; when I arrived home, the yellow light of my garage only helped to show off the more fitting coating I'd added onto the lower half of the WRX: dirt and mud, the product of sheer driving fun.
The XV is supposed to be a new type of car for Subaru, but is probably more accurately thought of as a reincarnation of one of the company’s old favourites. It’s a crossover, a category of vehicle that straddles the boundary between normal saloons and estates on the one hand and more serious off-road vehicles on the other. Since Subaru has been more or less unique in equipping the majority of its cars with all-wheel drive, it is well qualified to develop such products and the XV can be seen as a spiritual successor to the second-generation Forester produced by the company between 2003 and 2008, which was also based on the Impreza chassis and had a raised estate car body. The latest version of the Forester is a much more orthodox SUV-style vehicle and that left a gap in the Subaru range for a small-to-medium-sized crossover which the XV now fills
Motocross star and soon-to-be Nationwide Series driver Travis Pastrana has been named the grand marshal for Saturday night's Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.
Rarely do four-door family cars feel as well-built as this one, with its standard all-wheel drive and chassis that seems more German than Japanese. It's one of those special cars that feels like it's built from a single block of steel.
The Toybaru 86/BRZ continues to make headlines non-stop. No other 25 grand car had caused such a stir before. The key to the car’s popularity, of course, is that it was designed purely for fun. Granted, it does have a few weak links, such as the engine which is small and not powerful enough, but the chassis is so damn competent, it’s more than make up for it. And it’s very good at going sideways, as shown in the video review after the jump.
Until now, Tunehouse has been known — mostly to Australians — as a local purveyor of go-fast hardware for Holdens, Fords and a variety of German and Japanese imports. That was before it unveiled a rendering of its upgraded Subaru BRZ.
The new Subaru XV Crosstrek has been once again highlighted with the help of an official video which is presenting the latest creation based on the Impreza.
The 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek is a rugged variant of the Impreza hatchback. It features black-cladded lower sills, a raised suspension, roof rails and different wheel designs.
Nine months after Travis Pastrana was scheduled to make his highly anticipated first start in NASCAR, Pastrana is making his highly anticipated first start in NASCAR. On April 27, Pastrana will race in the Nationwide Series at Richmond International Raceway in the No. 99 Boost Mobile Toyota under his team's new banner of Pastrana 199 Racing. The day before, he'll line up for his third start of the 2012 season in the K&N Pro Series East and on May 26, he will contest the first of six races in the Global RallyCross series in a Dodge Dart.
Rockstar Energy Drink driver Tanner Foust dominated in wet conditions to win the opening round of the FIA European Rallycross Championship this weekend in southeast England.
Do you live where winter means snow and ice? Or travel to such places for recreation? Maybe you like outdoors activities in better weather, and need a vehicle that can deal with dirt or gravel forest roads that might not be as "improved" as the map says. If the answer to any of these questions is "yes", you'll need good ground clearance and four-wheel drive.
It’s always good to try something new, especially when that new thing can drift around corners in a cloud of tire smoke. Subaru and Toyota recently completed a joint project: a no-frills, genuine sports car, and it goes on sale at the end of the month. The BRZ is Subaru’s next true sports car (along with the WRX) and, thankfully for petrolheads, it will be relatively affordable.
Subaru used this month’s 2012 New York Auto Show to introduce its revamped Legacy sedan, which has been spruced up for the 2013 model year with some minor visual changes and a new and improved boxer four-cylinder engine in the base 2.5i model.
One of the most exciting compacts unveiled at the recent 2012 New York Auto Show was the all-new 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek.
A decade and three children ago, I appreciated a car's looks. Now that I spend so much time trapped inside a vehicle with the kids, other features matter a whole lot more.
The 2013 Subaru BRZ has finally hit the United States auto market and the Japanese sports car has been priced at 25,495 USD for the entry-level version.
Subaru treated the Legacy sedan and its high-ridding Outback sibling to a mild refresh for the 2013 model year and brought both cars to the New York Auto Show for their public debut.
Subaru has used the New York Auto Show to introduce the 2013 Legacy and now the automotive producer is preparing to introduce the Chinese version of the car, which is set to make its debut at the Beijing International Auto Show, an event that takes places between April 27 and May 2.
Ever veer out of your lane while driving, only to be jolted into noticing by the loud honk of the car you’re about to hit? What if your car could actually “see” the lines on the pavement and warn you when you start to move outside them?
Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) is delighted to introduce the all-new rear-wheel drive Subaru BRZ sports car to its award-winning lineup of passenger cars, crossovers and SUVs. Set to arrive in dealerships this June, the Subaru BRZ delivers superior steering response, pinpoint handling precision and an unmatched level of driving pleasure for sports car enthusiasts of all skill levels.
Subaru has announced final pricing for the new BRZ sports coupe. How affordable? A base manual costs $25,495 before shipping and handling and a base auto runs $26,595. Top "Limited" spec adds $2K to each of those pricetags.
It takes a close inspection to sniff out the styling changes to Subaru's popular midsize cars, the Legacy sedan and Outback wagon. Subaru's winged grille bars jog up at the center, and both cars get larger optional fog lights.
The Subaru XV Crosstrek's dark lower panels and raised suspension suit its Impreza-based styling well. So do the muscular 17-inch alloys, which are standard on both trims Subaru plans to offer.
The 2013 Subaru Outback gets refreshed styling and a new base four-cylinder engine that’s more powerful and fuel efficient.
Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) will introduce its brand new EyeSight driver assistance system on its 2013 Legacy and Outback 3.6R Limited Package models later this year. This suite of safety and driver assist technologies will debut at the New York International Auto Show and will subsequently appear on other products in the Subaru lineup in future years. This new technology, which can detect obstacles in front of the car and limit potential damage in an impact, reinforces Subaru's commitment to remaining leaders in safety. EyeSight also integrates adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking and a vehicle lane departure warning. Combining safety and convenience features, the Subaru EyeSight system will be one of the most affordable such technologies available in the North American market. Unlike other manufacturers who only introduce this system in top-end models, Subaru's plans to incorporate EyeSight in its intermediate, mid-size segment will further enhance an already value-packed offering.
The 2012 Subaru Impreza five-door may be the perfect compact car, with its combination of standard features, fuel economy and price - plus full-time symmetrical all-wheel drive.
A widening array of airbags may help limit injuries in an accident, but automakers’ latest tech aims to help drivers avoid a collision altogether.
While New York City isn't exactly an off-roader's mecca, Subaru is bringing a little taste of the outdoors to the 2012 New York International Auto Show in the form of the new 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek. Debuting on April 5 just a stone's throw from Penn Station and Times Square, the XV Crosstrek will combine off-road capability with a size that can still maneuver the tight squeezes of cities like the Big Apple.
The BRZ race car made its public racing debut at the season opener Super GT, GT300KM race held in Okayama, Japan. This grueling race features some of the most established sports car brands such as the Chevrolet Corvette and the Lamborghini Gallardo. So the BRZ was going to have a tough time competing with the big boys, but was still able to qualify 8th on the grid.
The Subaru BRZ will be turned into an STI; the vision is for it to be improved and updated to the no-brainer raid of all the excellent gear from WRX. It would be future lightweight with 19-inch alloys – with 8.5s on its front while 9.5s on the rear end. It will also be associated with antiroll bars and stiffer springs along with bigger 4-piston and twin piston brakes.
Subaru of America, Inc. today reported record sales for March 2012 of 32,387 vehicles, a 20.33 percent gain over March 2011. The company also reported year-to-date sales of 80,568, more than 19 percent gain over prior year. March 2012 was the second best sales month in Subaru history, behind only December 2011.
While the sporty new Subaru BRZ will not go on sale until later this month in the US, Subaru parent company Fuji Heavy Industries has reported that sales in their Japanese domestic market are crushing company expectations – selling more than 4 times their projected sales targets through the first two months of sales in Japan.
Subaru’s restyled 2013-MY Legacy mid-size sedan, which the automaker is debuting at the 2012 New York Auto Show, features a new more fuel-efficient engine and new safety technologies.
Staunton Subaru is pleased to announce their latest offering, the all-new 2013 Subaru BRZ. The new Subaru BRZ will be built in extremely limited quantities. Already receiving accolades from Motor Trend and RoadandTrack.com, the 2013 BRZ gives an ideal mix of precise handling and lively response to the rare sports car enthusiast who is lucky enough to own one.
Subaru Canada, Inc. is pleased to announce the introduction of a brand new 500,000-kilometre maintenance schedule for Subaru owners. According to Subaru's Canadian sales data and R.L. Polk Canadian registration data, 95.4 percent of Subaru vehicles sold in Canada over the last 10 years are still on the road today. With these statistics in mind, Subaru Canada developed an extended maintenance schedule reflective of the needs of older vehicles
Two days before his much-anticipated debut on Nascar’s Nationwide Series last summer, Travis Pastrana broke his foot in 40 places when he crashed his motorcycle during the X Games.
Rally de Portugal was not an easy event due to weather conditions and the outcome was a shock to many of those who follow the demanding sport; plus to the teams that battle for the championship. The overall winning Citroen DS3 of Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen were excluded from the event following post-race inspection of their DS3 by the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile technical delegates.
Consumer Reports has just released its annual report card on the 13 major automakers, and it's a great list for consumers looking to find out what companies are producing quality cars.
The 2013 Subaru Outback gets a mildly freshened styling--only afficionados will notice--but the big news this year is an all-new four-cylinder boxer engine, which improves fuel efficiency. The Outback sits squarely in the mid-size crossover utllity class, exactly halfway between a car-based wagon and a sport-utility vehicle. But for its hundreds of thousands of owners, it's in a class of one, as virtually the only crossover of its size and price to come with all-wheel drive standard on every model
HAVING long quit the game that made it not only a motor sport icon but also a tuning planet legend—the World Rally Championship—Subaru seems intent to prove it isn’t afraid to rough it up still with its newest crossover, the XV.
After four challenging days Mikko Hirvonen sailed to earn his first win of the season since joining the Citroen Total World Rally Team. The former Ford driver stayed on the road while his rivals suffered from costly setbacks and dominated the final two days of Rally de Portugal. The Flying Finn now leaves the fourth round of the World Rally Championship with a strong points lead as his teammate and closest rival, Sebastien Loeb failed to finish after retiring on the first day.
Subaru's 2013 BRZ sports coupe, on sale late April, is such a ball that you seldom notice the few aggravations.
How many BRZ and FR-S sports car can Subaru and Scion, respectively, manage to sell? Drive On bets it'd be more than they've planned.
Without a doubt, the BRZ is Subaru's current superstar, with sales and pre-orders exceeding expectations. The automaker is hoping to shine a bit of the BRZ's spotlight on the updated 2013 Subaru Legacy and 2013 Subaru Outback, both of which will debut at New York with a number of mechanical and cosmetic tweaks.
Automakers are consistently fretting about losing Generation Y, and they’re turning their attention to reaching us. We think a lot of that lack of interest among Gen Y has to do with economic factors. Things like unemployment and gas prices have a strong impact. Driving your own car has become an increasingly frivolous expense for some. Beyond that though, automakers need to make vehicles we are interested in. Thankfully, we’ve seen a lot more of that lately.
We were driving down a local road when we saw a bright metallic blue 2013 Subaru BRZ (similar to the one seen at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show) pulling into Shelby Trim of Sterling Heights, Michigan. Shelby Trim is a top notch custom interior and convertible top shop that services both privately owned vehicles along with company owned models from the likes of GM, Chrysler, Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen according to their website but there is no mention of Subaru.
The restyled 2013 Subaru Legacy and Outback, which go on sale this summer, were revealed on Thursday ahead of the 2012 New York Auto Show.
Subaru is refreshing the mid-size Legacy sedan and its high-riding Outback wagon sibling for 2013, gifting the pair with reworked styling and a new four-cylinder engine. It’s the first update for the current-generation models, which were introduced for 2010. The 2013 Legacy and Outback make their big debuts at the 2012 New York auto show before going on sale this summer.
The headline a new 2.5-liter Boxer four with a little more power that also gets better mileage: up to 32 mpg on the highway, which would extend Legacy's claim as the most fuel-efficient midsize sedan with all-wheel drive.
Subaru of America said it will roll out a new version of its Outback station wagon for 2013 at the New York International Auto Show. Externally the mid-term freshening or “face lift” doesn’t’ change the car’s appearance very much.
Subaru sent out details on the 2013 Legacy and Outback models on Thursday prior to the New York auto show. In addition to the EyeSight system we talked about earlier this month, the cars will get a light restyling, light retuning and a handful of interior and efficiency improvements.
Since the car debuted Feb. 3, Subaru parent Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. has sold 3,551 of the rear-wheel-drive BRZs, the company said Wednesday in a press release.
Subaru has given the biggest hint yet that it is developing a hot STI version of its BRZ sports car – and there's a roadster on the way too.
The 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek -- a Subaru Impreza Sport by any other name -- is making its debut in U.S.-spec trim at the 2012 New York show before it goes on sale here this fall.
We’ve already been blown away by the fluid handling and basic approach of the Subaru BRZ on track, but now it’s time for a real-world test.
Travis Pastrana announced today in Detroit, Michigan, that he will drive a 2013 Dodge Dart in the 2012 Global RallyCross Championship Series.
It is the rear-drive BRZ's competence in those pivotal split seconds as the limit of grip approaches and departs that gives it undeniably enticing character. Few cars in recent memory do it so well and those that do typically cost at least twice as much. Think Lotus Exige/Elise or Porsche 911 GT3. In other words, the BRZ offers a level of engagement that, until now, has been either too costly or too impractical for the average enthusiast.
Though the 2012 Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival officially kicks-off in LOVE Park at 15th and JFK on Monday, March 26, at noon, this weekend marks the unofficial opening of the 15th annual festival, with events that celebrate the cultural, social and educational customs of the Japanese
How do we know when we're going fast? Generally speaking, we don't. Observers on Earth's surface rotate around its axis at 40 meters per second; Earth itself revolves around the Sun (30 kilometers/second); and the Sun rotates around the galactic center at about (220 km/s). Meanwhile, the whole kit is being dragged in a stately gyre toward the constellation Virgo at about 370 km/s. What, you don't feel that?
The BRZ is Subaru's take on a pure sports car. Long known for all-wheel-drive prowess throughout its entire lineup, even Subaru knew it couldn't tamper with a tried-and-true rear-wheel-drive sports-car formula. In addition, engineers focused on keeping the curb weight low, placing all components in a manner to give the BRZ the lowest center of gravity they could and deliver quick-witted chassis dynamics
Subaru of America, Inc. today announced that it is expanding its line of award-winning crossover-type vehicles with the all-new 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek. The versatile, fun-to-drive Subaru XV Crosstrek, which arrives this fall, combines bold five-door design with an expanded-capability chassis, high fuel economy and everyday comfort. The new Subaru XV Crosstrek will debut at the 2012 New York International Auto Show.
The Impreza is the least expensive Subaru, and one of the least expensive four-wheel-drive cars you can buy. Previously, those were pretty much the extent of its selling points, but a redesign for 2012 has made the Impreza a much stronger offering.
According to the EPA’s FuelEconomy.gov website, both vehicles will deliver 22 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg combined when equipped with the six-speed manual transmission. Opt for the six-speed automatic, and the numbers jump to 25 city, 34 highway and 28 combined.
Subaru is upping the ante in the sport wagon wars. At the Tokyo Motor Show, the automaker is previewing the next generation of the midsize Legacy in the form of a sleek wagon called the Subaru Advanced Tourer Concept. The car features an aggressive front end with a restyled signature Subaru grille and angled headlights, while the side profile boasts a high, muscular beltline and accented wheel arches.
After its recently revealed "Motion V" program was announced late last year, Subaru bosses arranged a special briefing for potential investors. At that meeting, senior staffers laid out a road map of what models and new technologies would be unveiled up to 2015.
This month, Subaru celebrates its 25th anniversary of production in the U.S., according to the carmaker. Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. started in 1987 as a joint-venture between Fuji Heavy Industries (owner of the Subaru brand) and Isuzu.
Subaru's Gunma factory in Ota-city, Japan today played host to a special ceremony
On Monday, Subaru of Indiana Automotive and its parent company, Subaru of America, announced that the fundraising ride for abused and neglected children will be held each year at the two-mile SIA test track in Lafayette.
In Jim Boswell‘s great revisionist automotive history The CAFE Continuum, a Cadillac salesman shows off the “wonders of fin-mounted 3-D backup camera imaging”. Stereo backup cameras are still waiting for automakers to adopt autostereo (glasses free) display panels but forward-looking stereo cameras in cars are no longer the stuff of science fiction. Subaru has announced that the North American debut of their EyeSight driver assistance system will take place at the New York International Auto Show next month. Unlike the more common radar based ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System) devices, EyeSight uses algorithmic analysis of the video stream from a camera. Well, actually cameras, since the system uses parallax information from two CCD cameras mounted near the top of the windshield
What are you expectations for the K&N Series race? "I'm really excited. I had an amazing test here two weeks ago and Matt Crafton was able to get in the car and we got it right, right away. Felt great off the track and we were turning lap times real close to the -- well, at the front of the pack and came back this weekend and it wasn't the same deal, so I guess that's why they race. We're changing a lot on the car before the qualifying, so we're going to cross our fingers and give her hell."
Riding a wave of impressive redesigned models in the last few years, Subaru has earned the top score in Consumer Reports' automaker report cards for 2012 for the first time.
Over the last decade, Subaru has been a follower, not a leader, in automotive technology. But in one swoop the company is giving its cars a set of advanced driver assistance features competitive with those from Mercedes-Benz and Audi.
The latest development in the upcoming new Subaru release is that the BRZ will be coming to America in limited quantities. Using this as its angle Subaru of Keene posted the full owners manual for the car online, as well as adding in some large “order me now” buttons for potential buyers. The dealership also wants its customers to know that, “Just finding one of these cars (BRZ) could be a full-time job. Subaru of Keene is a performance dealer and will give priority to customers who pre-order.” The supposed limited quantity of BRZs is helping the company gain some momentum in sales by taking lots of pre-orders based on fear that the car won’t be easy to find once it arrives
Costco Auto Program, in collaboration with Subaru of America, today announced the Subaru Limited-Time Offer. This promotion will provide Costco members a $500 Costco Cash Card for completing a member satisfaction survey after the purchase of an eligible Subaru at the already low, prearranged Costco member price available through the Costco Auto Program.
A 2014 Subaru Forester prototype in heavy camouflage. Caught testing on public roadways in the U.S., the pending fourth-generation model was running with a Honda CR-V and a Ford Edge, which indicates the expectations Subaru has for the newest Forester.
Subaru vehicles are well known for their symmetrical all-wheel drive systems. That's all about to change
According to a report from one of the industry's biggest publications, you should RUN to you closest Subaru dealer if you've had your heart set on the Subaru BRZ rear-wheel drive coupe.
"Subaru is visiting companies that are recognized for having a positive work-life balance," said Todd Lawrence, promotions and sponsorships manager, Subaru of America. "Our 'Work Play Love' tour is a recognition of those efforts and an invitation to come out and play."
Subaru tops Consumer Reports' list of best automakers for 2012, knocking Honda from the No. 1 position and beating out 11 other major automakers.
Driving purists of America, act fast: It seems just 6000 Subaru BRZ sports cars will be allocated to the U.S. for the 2013 model year. The specific number comes to us from a Subaru dealer; the automaker’s consumer web site merely states that the rear-drive-only BRZ will be built in “extremely limited quantities.”
2012 could very well be a game-changing year for Subaru as the Japanese automaker unveils new models that could alter the way consumers view the company
The Subaru Impreza has a good attitude: it plays well with others, it's a good listener and it takes thoughtful criticism well.
Citroën's eight-time World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb clinched his sixth win at Rally Mexico from his teammate Mikko Hirvonen on a rally that became a battle of attrition.
There's less worry about hitting pedestrians now that Subaru has thinned the windshield pillars on the 2012 Impreza.
Five-time Rally Mexico winner Sébastien Loeb extended his margin over Citroën teammate Mikko Hirvonen during the second day of the hot and challenging event, ending up with a lead of more than half a minute heading into the final day.
World Rally Championship star Ken Block and two-time WRC champion Marcus Gronholm will race in front of a NASCAR crowd in a Rallycross event in May at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
It is priced higher than the 2011, but has less power, smaller standard tires and rear brakes. And despite a longer wheelbase and wider track, some seating spots lose room for head, legs, hips.
Ken Block has admitted he is disappointed at the drastic reduction in his World Rally Championship programme this season.
While we were polishing our photography skills at the 2012 Fort-Lauderdale Auto Show, we had our first contact with the new 2013 Subaru BRZ. The Subaru/Toyota love child exceeded our expectations in all aspects. At first glimpse it looks very low to the ground, which is a good thing considering both manufacturer wanted this vehicle to have the lowest center of gravity in this market segment, even lower than the Porsche Cayman. All exterior design elements such as headlights, tail lights, wings and bumper look very high quality and all body panel fit nice and tight. After waiting our turn behind a long line of enthusiasts, we jumped inside and again bulls eye. The seating position is sporty and low to the ground as we hoped. Knobs and other controls are made out of high quality material and you would not think the car will cost in the mid to high $20k.
Bigger and better than ever, this year's Twin Cities Auto Show has entertainment for the whole family.
Since the 1970s, U.S. rallyists have envied and briefly emulated the European model of national championship events with massive television coverage, multiple factory-funded teams and thousands of spectators. In the United States, sponsors such as B.F. Goodrich, Bridgestone, Audi, Toyota, Hyundai, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Mazda and Nissan have come and gone in cycles, as has media and fan interest. Meanwhile, the hardcore, longtime hobby drivers continue to perform heroic real-road drifting and masterful car control largely unnoticed.
The all-new subaru XV is a happy blend of sports car and compact SUV. One visible sign of the SUV is the raised position of the driver, giving greater visibility in traffic for safety, plus a touch of royalty
Impreza provides a roomy interior along the line of last year’s model, except it is built on a longer wheelbase, but with shorter overhangs. The Impreza wheelbase is 104.1 inches and stretches in length to 180.3 inches.
When the Subaru BRZ and the Scion FR-S go on sale later this year, they will feature a rear-wheel-drive Subaru mechanical foundation and Toyota styling. The combination promises a good-looking coupe with strong performance from a 200-horsepower Subaru boxer-four engine.
It’s been no secret over the past couple years that Subaru and Toyota have collaborated on a rear-wheel drive sports car that’s been widely anticipated by the drifter/tuner crowd.
Subaru has worked hard to brand itself as an eco-friendly car company. Today, that reputation gets a boost from six new, digital brochures touting Subaru's 2012 lineup of vehicles.
Monster World Rally Team’s Ken Block and Alex Gelsomino successfully nabbed their 6th consecutive overall win at Rally America’s Rally in the 100 Acre Wood in Salem, MO last weekend. Winning 15 of the 17 stages in the event, the duo laid down a blistering pace throughout the entire rally.
For the first time in its history, Subaru has beaten out all other automakers to earn the top score from Consumer Reports for its 2012 models. Driven by what Consumer Reports called a "wave of impressive redesigned models in the last few years," Subaru, which has its U.S. headquarters on Route 70 in Cherry Hill, earned the top score in the magazine’s report cards for 13 major automakers.
Lauchlin O’Sullivan and Scott Putnum won the Super Production Class coming from behind to snatch victory from current SP Class leaders Travis and Terry Hanson by 43.9 seconds. O’Sullivan overcame various car problems to overtake the Hansons when their car verged on the brink of overheating in the last few stages.
Drive Thru, a full-service production and digital post production house, recently partnered with ad agency Carmichael Lynch and production company harvest to deliver four clever Subaru spots that conceptualize outdoor activities dogs might enjoy if they owned a Subaru, in addition to a "behind-the-scenes" video directed by "Ziggy" the dog. All four spots, directed by the Hoffman Brothers, mark Drive Thru's third consecutive year contributing post production to Subaru's ongoing "Dog Tested. Dog Approved." campaign and aired during Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl VIII on Super Bowl Sunday.
Rally racing in Steelville was enjoyed by large crowds who came out to see the cars and drivers up close at the Parc Exposé and on the roads throughout the area as they raced through the region. Ken Block, along with Monster World Rally Team member Alex Gelsomino, took his sixth Rally in the 100 Acre Wood title in the races held on February 24-25 in Steelville and the surrounding area.
Around the Autoblog virtual office, the Toyota GT-86 is among the most eagerly awaited new models this year. So when we spotted a report in AutoBild that Tetsuya Tada, the chief engineer of the car, has confirmed that a convertible is coming, we got excited.
Subaru is walking away from minicars. According to Just-Auto.com, parent company Fuji Heavy Industries is looking to concentrate its efforts small and mid-sized vehicles moving forward. While Japan still enjoys a thriving kei car market, the vehicles aren't as profitable as their larger counterparts and require the same level of engineering commitment. Fuji will focus on the company's drivetrain development as well as improving vehicle safety with the cash it saves from creating new minicars.
Driven by what Consumer Reports called "wave of impressive redesigned models in the last few years," Subaru earned the top score overall in the magazine's report cards for 2012 for 13 major automakers. The report cards - in the April issue due on sale March 6 - are based on performance, comfort, utility and reliability in the magazine's testing and consumer survey.
Subaru of America, Inc. today reported record sales for February 2012 totaling 25,374 vehicles, a 17 percent gain over February 2011. The company also reported year-to-date sales of 25,374, a 19 percent gain over prior year.
Subaru has always been the well-regarded, but often overlooked runner-up to big Japanese names like Toyota, Honda and Nissan. But with the big players stumbling over the past few years, Subaru has darted around them to take a big prize. This week, Consumer Reports named Subaru as the top-quality brand in its list of the best vehicles for 2012. That not only brings bragging rights, but can also lead to sales.
What's noisy, delicious, dramatic, playful, inspiring, thought provoking, and pink and white all over? It's Philadelphia's own Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival, celebrating its fifteenth year this spring, from March 23 to April 21. The Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia presents events for all ages, many of them free, throughout the region — from Center City to the Main Line, King of Prussia to Fairmount Park.
Subaru was named the top automaker in Consumer Reports magazine’s annual rankings as Honda, last year’s leader, fell to fourth.
The verdict is in: our partners at Consumer Reports magazine have just named Subaru at the top the list of best cars, replacing Honda.
Consumer Reports named Subaru as its top all-around automaker Tuesday thanks largely to trio of newly redesigned vehicles.
Subaru climbed to the top of the heap — on the strength of the 2012 Impreza, Legacy and Outback — and powered past Honda in Consumer Reports' annual automotive report card issued on Tuesday. It was a surprising upset that underscored Honda's ongoing malaise.
Subaru’s new-generation Impreza hatch and sedan range has hit these shores with three model grades on offer, two transmissions and one engine choice.
In the automotive world, persistence usually is regarded as a virtue; stubbornness not so much. But sometimes it pays off, as Japan’s Subaru demonstrates with its all-new 2012 Impreza.
Subaru has improved the Legacy Tourer which now comes with the next-generation 2.0-litre Boxer diesel engine offering better fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions. Subaru is also promising improved refinement and comfort but what makes the biggest difference is the introduction of the new 'Everything Taken Care Of' package. Prices start at £26,865.
Monster World Rally Team's Ken Block and Alex Gelsomino piloted their 2012 Ford Fiesta HFVH to a sixth career win at the 100 Acre Wood North America Rally Championship in Salem, Mo., on Friday and Saturday.
From $28,490, plus on-road costs. 2.0-litre 4-cyl, 110kW/196Nm, 6-sp man or continuously variable transmission; 7.3L/100km and 168g/km CO2 (CVT: 7.0L/100km and 162g/km CO2); AWD
Travis Pastrana's foray into NASCAR will include seven Nationwide Series races and 11 events in the K&N Pro Series in 2012
Subaru owners love their cars. That loyalty is even more pronounced in mountainous states or northern climes where reliability and all-wheel drive deliver security regardless of the weather
Hopefully all of us remember our first car, if not, you may have some better stories to tell than the rest of us. Either way, thinking about your first ride usually brings back some interesting memories. And for many, it occupies a special place in our hearts…. no matter how much of a P.O.S it was. Subaru is hoping you’ll share those memories and invite others to share them too.
--February 24, 2012: Subaru of America, Inc. announced the launch of its First Car Story campaign supporting the all-new 2012 Subaru Impreza. The campaign hub, First Car Story, features a groundbreaking animation generator that allows users to recreate their first car, tell their story, and see it turned into an animated video, which they can also set to music and narrate with their own voice. Through Facebook, Twitter, or email, users can share their video with family and friends throughout their social network.
The fourth-generation Subaru Impreza hatch and sedan have been launched in Australia today after months of production delays following last year’s Japanese tsunami.
A one-horse open sleigh ride over tree-lined, snow-covered trails may make a prefect winter wonderland for some. For others, the daily commute over snow-covered, traffic-snarled roads is an experience of a different kind.
The Ken Block Monster World Rally Team marketing machine churned out another test video as it prepares for the Rally in the 100 Acre Wood event
As previously discussed, Subaru was always going to struggle to have its voice heard against Toyota with the whole GT 86/BRZ fraternal rivalry. But sticking a turbo and big wings on it and going racing in the Japanese Super GT looks like a good policy.
Subaru has announced the BRZ GT300 has completed its first test at the Fuji Speedway in Japan.
The safest model in its class (certified 5 star Euro Ncap award) for child occupant safety, the Subaru XV is designed to combine city style with urban and off-road ability
I’ve been a Subaru owner, proponent and fan for so long it makes me sick to think about it. Not because my affinity for the brand and its vehicles was misdirected, but because recalling my first Subaru reminds me how old I am.
In preparation of the 2012 Super GT series that will start at the end of March, Subaru and other teams have already started testing their new vehicles for this year’s season. Fortunately the weather cooperated for at least one good day of testing for Subaru, and we look forward to seeing all the new cars this year and how well they’ll be doing.
The compact Impreza is the smallest model in Subaru’s auto lineup and is one of its most popular ones, with standard all-wheel drive. Faced with greater competition, it makes sense that the fourth-generation Impeza has arrived as a much-improved 2012 model.
Subaru’s Impreza has carved out its niche with all-wheel drive, relations to world rally cars and some say quirky styling. Others found the Impreza could have more room and better fuel economy, and less-quirky styling. So for 2012, Subaru’s thoroughly redone the Impreza resulting in less controversial styling, more room and handily better fuel economy. It also kept all-wheel drive and last year’s pricing.
Less horsepower may seem like a bad thing, but the Subaru Impreza embraces the new frugality with stylish looks, a practical hatchback body style, and an excellent all-wheel-drive system.
Round two of the 2012 Rally America National Championship takes place in the majestic Ozark foothills of the Rally in the 100 Acre Wood on February 24-25 in Salem. Up to 70 of the top national and international rally competitors will challenge the fast, hard-packed dirt roads following a very slippery opening round at Michigan’s Sno*Drift Rally in January.
The Subaru XV is a smart-looking crossover vehicle that offers the best all-wheel drive system in its class and some charismatic engines.
This is the first time the Subaru XV will be shown in Canada. The Subaru XV is a production vehicle currently being sold in other markets, but it’s being shown in Canada in order to gather feedback and input from Canadians.
Subaru Canada, in a refreshing change of pace, put together an art contest with website deviantART. The contest carried the theme of "Driving Confidence" and fans were implored to send in their Subaru-based creations.The "Born to Rally in the Snow" piece starring the WRX STI and a polar bear took home first place while "Unleash the Beast" came in second. The winner took home a cool $2,500 while the second place recipient took home $1,000.
The 2.0-litre diesel engine revs very freely for a diesel, and it feels every bit as powerful as its 145bhp suggests. It also has plenty of pull in the low- and mid-range, making it impressively flexible. That means your progress will be easy as well as brisk.
This is the Subaru XV, a brand new "crossover" vehicle from the company that effectively invented the sector back in 1995 with the Outback. This is one of the fastest growing areas of the car market, and rivals range from the Ford Kuga to the Audi Q3, via the Kia Sportage and the forthcoming Mazda CX-5.
Subaru Canada has revealed the top three designs from its ‘Driving Confidence' competition.
Monster World Rally Team driver Ken Block will only contest three rounds of the World Rally Championship this season, due to more competitive commitments in America.
In the sea of economy cars, the 2012 Subaru Impreza swims among some fairly appetizing competition. The new Impreza’s styling alone helps it stand out better among big fish—the Ford Focus, the Volkswagen Golf, the Honda Civic—than did its predecessor. But the previous car’s biggest handicap against its competition wasn’t its looks but its fuel economy; to that end, Subie has swapped the old four-speed automatic transmission for a more efficient continuously variable gearbox.
How does the ankle injury you suffered last year compare to other injuries you've experienced? "This is the longest injury I've ever had. I know it's just an ankle so it didn't seem like it was going to be that big of a deal, but they couldn't hook any of the small bones in the foot to anything else. Just had 40 fractures in there. It's taken a while. It's kind of fusing together nicely, though."
Harvest Films directing duo The Hoffman Brothers recently collaborated with agency Carmichael Lynch on an integrated campaign in which mans best friends enjoy typically human pastimes. The campaign launched on the Puppy Bowl and is available online at http://www.subaru.com/dogs/index.html. Visitors to the site can experience the entire campaign - including a "making of" with the directors alter ego "Zippy" -- find local dog parks, help support the ASPCA, and download Dogbook the Facebook App for dog enthusiasts.
Subaru has just announced pricing and specification levels for its new All-Wheel Drive crossover vehicle: the simply named ‘XV’. And at £21,295 for entry-level 1.6i S model, the latest addition to the Japanese brand’s repertoire aims to slot in as one of the most capable and best-value-for-money compact crossovers currently available.
Monster World Rally Team driver Ken Block is kicking off his 2012 schedule at the Rally in the 100 Acre Wood, giving a boost to the Rally America National Championship.
Jim Elder, 80, and his wife Suzanne, 78, keep helmets in the back of their Subaru. Red gas cans are stacked on the roof and fog lights are attached to the front bumper, “aimed a little bit out to look for critters,” Jim said. The Manhattan couple will compete next week in a 5,000-mile, 10-day road rally from Seattle to Anchorage, Alaska.
Subarus have apparently gotten a little more dependable lately. Cherry Hill, N.J.-based Subaru of America moved up a spot in the latest U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study by J.D. Power and Associates .
From two brands, a single vehicle emerges: an affordable, basic, rear-wheel-drive Japanese sports car. Twenty years ago, this sort of vehicle was commonplace. Japanese carmakers had been giving us inexpensive, reliable, rear-drive sports-car catnip since the 1970 Datsun 240Z. After effectively killing off their Italian and British inspiration in the U.S., though, the Japanese were left to battle themselves.
A little Valentine's Day romantic role-playing went wrong for a Portland, Ore., couple after police found the woman bound and naked in the back of a Subaru driven by her lover, the Portland Police Bureau reports.
Australia's Summit Rally Team are embarking on an exciting rally program in 2012, with team drivers Will Orders and Ross Allan contesting four events in the United States of America.
The Ouninpohja stage, one of the most famous in the World Rally Championship, will return to Rally Finland this year. The organisers of the August 2-4 rally have revealed the route for this year's event, which retains its Thursday-Saturday format.
As you may already know, race and stunt car driver and Top Gear USA host Tanner Foust is in the Philippines. Apparently, he's here doing some stunt car works for The Bourne Legacy and despite his hectic shooting schedule, he has spent some of his free time off-camera checking out the local car scene and doing some promotional work for Rockstar Energy Drink, Foust's official racing sponsor
There's nothing better than extreme sports. The fearless nature of these riders proves inspirational and awe-inspiring after every insane trick. But no one has headlined the world of lunatic athletes better than Travis Pastrana. Supercross, motocross, freestyle motocross, rally racing, he does it all.The champion X-Games medalist continues to astound his audience with memorable attempts at immortality. Let's take a look at his five best tricks ever.