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First Look: 2013 Subaru Legacy and Outback

More good news for NY Auto Show-goers.

by on Mar.30, 2012

The 2013 Subaru Outback will formally debut at the NY Auto Show next week.

We almost don’t need to bother going to next week’s NY Auto Show.  Almost.  But while virtually everything planned for the media preview has already been previewed in advance there’s still nothing like checking out the sheet metal in person.

For now, though, enjoy these images of the latest offerings to break cover.  Subaru previously revealed the new XV CrossTrek.  Now, it’s providing pics of the new 2013 Legacy and Outback models, both getting moderately extensive updates.

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But what may draw the closest attention is the fact that Subaru claims the 2013 Legacy will deliver segment-leading 32 mpg fuel economy.

Among other things, both updates will be offered with the maker’s new EyeSight system, a lower-cost way of providing such advanced safety systems as Adaptive Cruise Control, Vehicle Lane Departure Warnings and Pre-Collision Braking.


First Drive: 2012 Subaru Impreza

Subaru aims for the mainstream.

by on Oct.03, 2011

Subaru brings an all-new version of the Impreza to market for 2012.

When one thinks of compact cars, the name Impreza probably doesn’t leap to the top of the mental list, unless the one doing the thinking is a Subaru loyalist. The small Japanese maker is looking to change that with the updated 2012 Impreza, which is restyled inside and out and features an all-new powerplant.

First things first: Only the relatively mainstream Impreza is changing—the sportier WRX and STi spin-offs aren’t going under the knife just yet. Nor are they going anywhere, they’ll carry on in current form for a while until replacements are ready. So breathe easy, Subaru/rally fan boys and girls.

Now, to the Impreza itself. The new model is definitely more attractive, both inside and out, with a more refined interior package.  But the biggest news besides the new design is the all-new 2.0-liter horizontally-opposed “boxer” engine that makes 148 horsepower.   Other significant changes include the deletion of the Outback Sport model, and news Subaru will now be able to tout an increase in fuel economy to a maximum of 36 mpg.

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The Impreza is going head-to-head with other compacts like the Ford Focus, Honda Civic, and Volkswagen Golf. So not only does Subaru have to compete with those models, but it will have to live up to its reputation for sporty all-wheel-drive performance if it hopes Impreza can become a better-selling model in the company’s portfolio.


Subaru Names New Sports Car the BRZ

Will feature distinct differences from Toyota FRS-86, maker promises.

by on Aug.23, 2011

More to come in Frankfurt, but we know the long-awaited Subaru-Toyota sports car will be dubbed the BRZ on the Subaru side.

Subaru will bring a new “technology concept” to the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show that should provide some pretty clear answers as to what to expect once it finally brings to market the long-awaited sports car it has been developing with Japanese giant Toyota.

One of the things we’ve already learned is that the new car will go by the name Subaru BRZ, that abbreviation short of Boxer Rear-drive Zenith.  As that, in turn, reveals, the sports car will be powered by the classic Subaru horizontally-opposed boxer engine but – in a sharp break from long-time policy – the BRZ will become the only model in the maker’s line-up not to feature all-wheel-drive.

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Subaru gave an earlier tease at last winter’s Geneva Motor Show, unveiling a transparent – and yet-unnamed – version of the sports car that did provide a visual guide to its mechanical underpinnings.  Subaru claims that the vast majority of the cars underlying technology was developed in its R&D labs, though Toyota officials have, more recently, tried to take claim for some of the key mechanicals.


First Look: 2012 Subaru Impreza

New compact aims to keep momentum going.

by on Apr.21, 2011

Subaru updates the Impreza for 2012, with both a hatchback and sedan on tap.

It’s been a good couple years for Subaru, the Japanese automaker establishing one sales record after another.  And how do you keep the momentum going, company officials ask, other than with new product

Which set the stage for Subaru’s moment in the spotlight at this year’s New York Auto Show, where the maker pulled the wraps off the latest version of its compact Impreza model.

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Two versions of the all-wheel-drive model will begin rolling into showrooms by autumn, on schedule despite the crisis in Japan that has forced the delay of a number of other vehicles, Subaru’s top U.S. executive, Tom Doll, stressed.

In keeping with industry trends, Subaru’s product development team focused on delivering a roomier, more emotionally styled vehicle that, of course, has to deliver better fuel economy than the product it replaces.


First Look: 2012 Subaru Impreza

Maker claims top AWD mileage.

by on Apr.07, 2011

Subaru will bring the new, 2012 Impreza to the upcoming New York Auto Show.

It’s going to be a busy couple press days at the upcoming New York Auto Show, Subaru the latest to reveal plans for a major launch in the Big Apple.

The automotive arm of Fuji Heavy Industries will roll into Jacob Javits Center with an all-new version of the compact Impreza, both in 4- and 5-door configurations, it promises, the image shown here of the sedan.

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The design is modern, if not exactly breakthrough, featuring a coupe-like curved roofline and more muscular flared wheel wells, front and back.  Narrower headlamps and a revised grille provide a generally more sporty look.  Industry reports have been suggesting the new car should deliver a bit more length and width improving what has been one of the more cramped offerings in the compact segment.

But what could be the real draw is the promise by Subaru that the new Impreza will yield an estimated 36 miles per gallon on the highway.   As it stands, that would make the new 2012 model the most fuel-efficient all-wheel-drive passenger car on the U.S. market.