Posted Monday, February 5, 2024 at 9:50pm
This may just be the rarest you’ll see this week. It’s a Subaru FF-1 – sometimes called the Star in the US market. Subaru sold thousands of them in the early 1970s, in Europe and the US, as part of its expansion into new markets. Then they all just disappeared into neglected, rusty piles. This little coupe has been saved, however, and its story is the genesis of Subaru as we know it.
Jamie and Gary Cavett live on a tree-lined lane in Bothell, Washington, just north of Seattle. If you stand on any corner near their house, a parade of Subarus drives past: Outbacks, Foresters, the odd WRX. Most mainstream Subaru owners don’t give a thought to the roots of their favourite brand, nevermind that they’re driving right past a collection of that history.
Posted Friday, January 26, 2024 at 10:03pm
The Tesla Cybertruck isn’t shaping up to be the game-changer Tesla made it out to be. From owners getting less than the advertised range to baffling features that’ll make you wonder how this thing got approved for what’s being called production, the Cybertruck sure is…something.
Tesla bills the Cybertruck as “Durable and rugged enough to go anywhere.” You’ll “Tackle anything with electronically adaptive air suspension that offers 12” of travel and 17” of clearance.” And yet since at least November 2023, we’ve seen more than a few instances of these trucks struggling to tackle rather simple off-road obstacles.
Posted Wednesday, January 17, 2024 at 10:06pm
When Subaru first came to the United States, it sold small funky cars that were decidedly un-American. As the company grew its own identity and became more established in the U.S., it became the first automaker to offer an all-wheel-drive passenger car in 1975. Subaru was also an early-adopter of turbocharged engines to bring more power to its line of quirky cars and wagons. Subaru was also one of the… Read More →
Posted Sunday, January 7, 2024 at 8:29pm
The Chevrolet El Camino and Ford Ranchero were the first vehicles to populate a segment of the auto world known loosely as the “coupe utility.” As their popularity grew in the 1960s and ’70s and other compact pickup trucks began to enter the U.S. market, Subaru decided to throw its BRAT, er, hat, into the ring. The Japanese automaker took its Leone station wagon, chopped off the back of it,… Read More →
Posted Wednesday, December 20, 2023 at 10:38pm
The original WRX TR launched in 2006 as a stripped-down, minimalist trim aimed at buyers who planned to start modding their cars the day they got home from the dealership. The moniker stood for “Tuner Ready,” and the TR went without a rear spoiler, fog lights, or a fancy stereo. Why include a nice sound system that’ll immediately be replaced by a sweet Pioneer OEL head unit with a swimming-dolphin… Read More →
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