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Subaru Takes Wraps Off Viziv Concept SUV

Big ute the blueprint for maker's first full-size SUV.

by on Nov.17, 2016

Subaru's Viziv 7 concept showed L.A. Auto Show attendees what the company's first

Subaru is best-known for rock-solid reliable all-wheel drive vehicles with distinctive styling, although the last part isn’t always complimentary, depending on who is saying it.

However, its new Viziv SUV concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show has tongues wagging about its distinctive stying … and it’s all good.

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The Japanese maker unveiled the new sport-ute concept to look at the “future vision of car development” for the “enjoyment and peace of mind” that Subaru wants to provide to customers, the company noted. (more…)

Japanese Parent Finally Adopting Subaru Name for Itself

Separately, Subaru warns some Outback owners to park faulty Legacys and Outbacks.

by on May.13, 2016

Subaru's parent company, Fuji Heavy Industries, will be known by a different, more recognizable name next year: Subaru.

Fuji Heavy Industries has finally decided to rebrand itself, taking the name of the conglomerate’s best-known marque, Subaru.

The name is an effort to improve its name recognition and make it easier to identify the company, which also produces aerospace products and other industrial goods. The move, set to be completed in April 2017, was timed to mark the company’s 100th anniversary. It was originally named the Aircraft Research Laboratory in 1917.

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“It makes sense to connect the larger company with the brand,” explained Michael McHale, a Subaru corporate spokesman based at its U.S. headquarters in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. (more…)

Audi Earns Top Marks for “Best Brand” Report Card

Consumer Reports methodology puts Audi ahead of Subaru and Lexus.

by on Apr.11, 2016

Despite the diesel problems, Audi took the top spot on Consumer Reports recent best brand report card.

Its around this time each year that school children of all ages find how they did in their last card marking: yup, it’s report card time!

The same happens for the automakers, if your Consumer Reports, which provides a Report Card for auto brands in the U.S. and the results, like those for some children, may be a bit of a surprise.

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The brands that earned top marks? Audi and Subaru. (more…)

Subaru Looking to Impress with New Impreza

New model utilizes new architecture.

by on Mar.23, 2016

The 2017 Subaru Impreza is built on a new small car architecture developed the maker's parent company, Fuji Heavy Industries.

After eight consecutive years of sales growth, Subaru is planning to launch an all-wheel-drive replacement for the Impreza, the company’s popular, five-door compact sedan.

Thomas Doll,  president of Subaru of America Inc., told a noisy party the evening prior to the opening of the New York International Auto Show that the 2017 model is built on an all-new global architecture developed by Fuji Heavy Industries.

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The wheelbase on the new sedan, which will make its official debut during the New York International Auto Show, sits on a wheel –base that is an inch-longer than the wheel-base of the current Impreza. (more…)

Subaru Teases Next Crosstrek with XV Concept

SUV show car is longer, wider, lower.

by on Mar.01, 2016

The Subaru XV Concept will strongly influence the next Crosstrek model.

Subaru has long been known for building solid, go-anywhere vehicles, but not necessarily for giving them the sort of upscale feel that has become increasingly common on even today’s entry-level models.

That’s beginning to change, as the maker has demonstrated with recent additions and updates like the latest Legacy. Now, it’s getting ready to a bit more style and panache to its Crosstrek line – or so we anticipate from the Subaru XV Concept making it debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.

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“In the area of functionality essential to a Subaru car, excellent aerodynamic performance is teamed with the ample road clearance and luggage space required of a crossover vehicle, achieving blend of function and style,” the Japanese maker says.


Safety Remain Big Issue as 2015 Draws to Close with Flurry of Recalls

Total likely to near new record.

by on Dec.28, 2015

Faulty Takata airbags were a major reason why recall numbers have run so high this year.

From Ferrari to Subaru, the auto industry is ending 2015 with a flurry of safety-related recalls, more than 1 million in the last week alone.

Final figures for 2015 haven’t been released yet, but they’re expected to come in as a close second to the record 64 million vehicles recalled in the U.S. in 2014. And they cover a wide variety of issues and an even wider range of vehicles from faulty transmissions to fire hazards and exploding airbags.


The huge number of recalls over the last two years is not a surprise to Joan Claybrook, a former head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “The companies are more likely to behave and do a recall when they know the law is going to be enforced.”


As 9th Takata Death Reported, Honda Again Expands Airbag Recall

Teen driver suffers fatal injuries from faulty airbag inflator.

by on Dec.23, 2015

2003 Honda CR-V crossovers are covered by the latest expansion of the Takata recall.

Federal regulators say a faulty airbag inflator appears to have caused the death of a young driver, the ninth fatality so far linked to a system provided by Japanese supplier Takata.

The announcement by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration came as Honda announced the latest in a series of recalls involving vehicles equipped with Takata airbags. So far, close to 20 million vehicles sold in the U.S. have been targeted for safety repairs due to the use of suspect airbag inflators.

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All eight of the Takata airbag deaths identified as occurring in the U.S. involved Honda vehicles. Another death was reported outside the States.


Subaru, Lexus Top KBB Resale Value Awards

Lexus takes six wins, Subaru four victories.

by on Dec.15, 2015

The Subaru Legacy captured Kelley Blue Book's award for best midsize car resale value.

In the frenzy that has been automotive sales this year, buyers have been accounting for many factors in those purchases, including low gas prices. However, one they really need to pay attention to: resale value.

If that plays a significant role, then Subaru and Lexus need to be the vehicles of choice, according to Kelley Blue Book’s annual Best Resale Value Awards.

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Surbaru earned the title for Best Brand with four of its models winning individual classes while Lexus captured the Best Luxury Brand honor after six of its vehicles took top honors. (more…)

Insurance Industry Safety Group Toughens its Testing, Awards Process

Move follows announcement of stricter federal safety procedures.

by on Dec.10, 2015

The Chrysler 200 was the only domestic model to get a Top Safety Pick+ rating for 2016.

A day after the U.S. Department of Transportation announced major revisions to it its automotive safety testing program, an influential insurance industry group announced it would take similar steps.

It will now be more difficult for automakers to earn the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s coveted Top Safety Pick+ award. A total of 48 of all 2016 models qualify for that award using the more rigorous standards, with another 13 getting the lower, Top Safety Pick imprimatur.

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“We asked auto manufacturers to do more this year to qualify for our safety awards, and they delivered,” said IIHS President Adrian Lund.

Both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the IIHS have been trying to achieve two goals: (more…)

Subaru Captures New Title: Best Subcompact SUV

Brand breaks full-year sales record in November.

by on Dec.01, 2015

The 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek was rated the best subcompact SUV by

As Subaru’s return from sales purgatory continues its multiyear trek, one of the reason for that glory was recognized today as it was touted as the U.S.’s top subcompact SUV.

According to, MotorWeek and USA Today, the 2015 XV Crosstrek is the best small compact SUV drivers can get, assuming they can find one: sales last month were up 17% and for the year they’re up 23.5%.

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For November, the brand’s overall sales were up 2%, setting a new record for November and surpassing its previous full-year high. (more…)