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Subaru WRX Drivers Get the Most Speeding Tickets

One in three get nabbed for lead-footed ways.

by on Sep.30, 2014

The Subaru WRX driver is more likely than any other to get a speeding ticket.

Want to avoid speeding tickets? Don’t make the Subaru WRX your daily driver and you should cut the odds of being radar trap fodder significantly.

The Japanese-made pocket rocket is the most ticketed car in the U.S. with 33.6% of owners getting a traffic ticket recently, according to a survey by Insurance.com. The Pontiac GTO, which ceased production six years ago, finished second with 32.7% of owners receiving tickets.

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It seems that Japanese models have been topping many recently lists about vehicles lately, and this one is no exception. The rest of the top five include the Scion FR-S (32.6%), Toyota Supra (30.8%) and the Subaru Tribeca (29.7%). (more…)

Subaru Facing Lawsuit Over Oil Use Problem

Vehicles using too much oil, causing costly repairs.

by on Jul.21, 2014

The 2014 Subaru Forester is one a few Subaru vehicles with oil usage problem, alleges a lawsuit.

Subaru of America is facing a lawsuit – that may become a class action – because of the amount of oil the company’s vehicles use.

The problem stems from the fact that in the opinion of some owners, the company’s vehicles use a lot of engine oil…and quickly. The result in some instances has been some pricey repairs due to the problem: repairs in the thousands of dollars.

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The suit claims the vehicles “prematurely burn off and/or consume abnormal and excessive amounts of engine oil” and claims Subaru is unwilling to fix the problem. Subaru doesn’t believe there is a problem. (more…)

Honda Adds Another 1 Mil Vehicle to Airbag Recall

Subaru also impacted by faulty Takata airbag problem.

by on Jul.09, 2014

Honda will recall as many as 1 million more vehicles due to airbag problems, including '03 Accords.

One of the largest safety-related problems in automotive history has become even bigger, faulty Takata-made airbags forcing Honda to recall as many as 1 million more vehicles, while Subaru has become the eighth automaker impacted by the problem.

More than 10 million vehicles have been affected by the defect which could cause airbags to improperly inflate in a crash, potentially sending shrapnel flying into the passenger compartment.

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The announcement comes a day after Honda announced a separate recall due to a separate problem involving the headlights on some of the vehicles sold by its Acura luxury brand. Ford, meanwhile, announced six separate recalls on Tuesday covering over 100,000 vehicles. All told, more than 41 million cars, trucks and crossovers have been recalled since January 1, already a record well ahead of the 34.1 million vehicles recalled in 2004.

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Subaru Recall Pushes Total Past 40 Million Vehicles

GM recalls aside, industry may have reached new record anyway.

by on Jul.03, 2014

Subaru recalled 660,000 vehicles, including the 2008-2014 Impreza, for brake line issues.

The recall of more than 660,000 Subarus for brake lines that may rust and leak fluid, pushed the total for this year to more than 40 million vehicles.

The Japanese maker recalled 2005-2009 Legacys and Outbacks, 2008-2014 Imprezas and 2009-2013 Foresters. If the brake lines rust and leak, it can reduce the ability to brake quickly.

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In some cases, it’s the second time for the recall: about 274,000 Legacy and Outback vehicles were recalled for the same problem in March 2013. (more…)

What Was Hot and Not in May

Convertibles are cold, despite the warm weather.

by on Jun.03, 2014

Porsche can barely keep up with demand for the all-new Macan sport-utility vehicle.

What’s hot and what’s not? One thing’s for sure: the U.S. new car market is back in gear after a chilly winter left many makers struggling with a shortage of buyers. But May saw shoppers flooding back into showrooms for what was one of the best months in a decade for the industry overall – and a number of players, notably including Jeep and Audi, set all-time records.

But, as always, the double-digit gains weren’t spread around uniformly. Volkswagen, for example, posted yet another decline, and appears to be losing even more momentum until its new, seventh-generation Golf hatchback finally reaches showrooms.

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Credit relatively stable fuel prices for the strong demand for pickups, big SUVs and other fuel-chugging models. Surprisingly, despite finally getting some warm weather, however, a number of convertibles were decidedly cold, at least in terms of sales.

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First Drive: 2015 Subaru Legacy

Aiming for the mainstream.

by on May.21, 2014

Subaru goes more mainstream with the 2015 Legacy.

Subaru has long been one of the best-kept secrets in the U.S. automotive market, a brand with a loyal but limited niche following. But with the launch of the all-new, sixth-generation Legacy sedan, the Japanese maker is taking aim at a more mainstream audience, and midsize buyers would be wise to put it on their radar screen.

When the new sedan was unveiled during last month’s New York Auto Show it marked the 25th anniversary of the Legacy nameplate. Like the rest of the Subaru line-up, it has long been popular in Snowbelt cities like Boston and Denver, and has developed an especially strong following among such targeted groups as young, active outdoor fans, nurses and even the gay and lesbian community.

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But while the 2015 Subaru Legacy maintains some of the basic features that have long appealed to its loyalists – such as the brand’s Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive system – the latest-generation sedan adds plenty of other appealing attributes, including what is now one of the industry’s best CVT gearboxes, great fuel economy, and a roomy, well-appointed interior. The new Legacy also gets the latest update of Subaru’s camera-based EyeSight safety system.

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With Launch of New Legacy, Subaru Sets its Sights Higher

But as it goes more mainstream, maker faces new challenges.

by on May.19, 2014

The 2015 Subaru Legacy making its NY Auto Show debut in April.

When it comes to the road less traveled, Subaru has usually gone its own way, a strategy that has long paid off for the little Japanese maker – and the only manufacturer to continuously grow its sales in the U.S. during even the depths of the industry’s worst recession in decades.

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Now, with the launch of an all-new Legacy topping off an unprecedented product blitz, Subaru is hoping to do it again this year. But as it grows ever larger, some are asking whether the very nature of the company may change, creating new challenges for Subaru going forward.

“When the industry hit the recession, Subaru took off,” boasted Jeff Walters, the maker’s U.S. sales manager, during a weekend media drive of the new Legacy.

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First Look: 2015 Subaru Outback

by on Apr.17, 2014

The 2015 Subaru Outback was revealed today at the New York International Auto Show: 20 years after its initial debut at the same show.

Few vehicles have played a more important role in the transformation of a brand as has the Subaru Outback, so it’s no surprise the Japanese maker has so much riding on the all-new model making its debut at the New York International Auto Show.

The launch of the new 2015 Subaru Outback comes five generations and exactly 20 years after the original crossover was launched in the Big Apple. And much has changed over the years. The Legacy has gotten larger, roomier, more powerful and more lavishly equipped with each remake. That holds true this time around, noted Tom Doll, President and COO of the maker’s U.S. subsidiary.

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“The 2015 Outback hasn’t forgotten its roots,” he proclaimed, “but it’s reaching for the stars.” (more…)

Toyota Recalling 6.4 Mil Vehicles Worldwide

Nearly 30 different models impacted by a variety of problems.

by on Apr.09, 2014

The Toyota Highlander is one of many vehicles covered by the Japanese maker's huge new recall.

In one of the largest announcements in several years of major safety-related news, Toyota Motor Co. is recalling nearly 6.4 million vehicles for a variety of problems worldwide.

Some of the vehicles are actually covered by more than one recall, and the announcement also impacts products sold by two other makers – Subaru and General Motors — that were produced by Toyota. Adding the Subaru Trezia and Pontiac Vibe to the list brings the total number of vehicles involved in the recall to 6.76 million worldwide.

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Toyota says it has no reports of crashes or injuries related to any of the recalls – though it did note two fires linked to one problem, a defective engine starter that can keep a motor running even if the motorist wants to shut the vehicle off.  That is not related to the defective engine switch problem that has led GM to recall more than 2.5 million vehicles since mid-February.

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Subaru Viziv 2 Hints at Maker’s Future Plans

A "future path" that may lead Subaru to the next CrossTrek.

by on Mar.05, 2014

The Subaru Viziv 2 plug-in concept.

Subaru may have tipped its hand, offering a glimpse of what it has coming in the not-too-distant future with the unveiling of the new Viziv 2 concept vehicle at the Geneva Motor Show.

The design of the plug-in hybrid vehicle is a likely forerunner of what we’ll be seeing with the next Subaru CrossTrek, according to company insiders.  The distinctive 4-motor hybrid-electric drive system, meanwhile, could indicate how the Japanese maker will adapt its signature all-wheel-drive systemto the demands for cleaner, more fuel-efficient technology.

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The Viziv 2 “signifies a future path” for Subaru, suggested Tomahiko Ikeda, a senior executive with Subaru parent Fuji Heavy Industries, during the concept vehicle’s Geneva debut.  “To progress, we must evolve. The Viziv 2 is an example.”

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