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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…)

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…)

Subaru Reveals New 2015 Legacy (Finally!)

Smaller yet roomier, more fuel-efficient.

by on Feb.06, 2014

The 2015 Subaru Legacy picks up some cues from the Legacy Concept unveiled last November.

If you’re having a sense of déjà vu (all over again, as Yogi Berra liked to say), no surprise. We’ve been seeing a lot about the 2015 Subaru Legacy in recent months, including images that leaked out earlier this week, as well as the Subaru Legacy Coupe Concept that the Japanese maker introduced during the Los Angeles Auto Show just last November.

But, folks, this is the real deal. The actual 2015 Subaru Legacy has made its entrance into McCormick Place and will now be ready to meet its public during this year’s Chicago Auto Show.

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Finally, it seems, we have real specs to share, rather than endless rumors and speculation.

So, what do we have to reveal? For one thing, the production car is clearly not quite as aggressive as the concept vehicle – nothing surprising there, of course. And the 2015 Legacy gets two more doors than the LA show car.


Subaru Goes Back to the Future with WRX

Special-edition STI clad in WR Blue and gold rims coming in April.

by on Jan.14, 2014

WRX loyalists got a real treat for 2014 as the STI has a limited-edition version in WR Blue with gold wheels: just like the original. Photo credit: Len Katz.

Subaru played possum with the introduction of the new WRX STI at the North American International Auto Show. Amid the requisite fanfare of flashing lights, blaring music replete with a thumping base line, the silver STI emerged from the smoke and onto the turntable for all to see.

Subaru of America President Tom Doll strode out to talk about the newest iteration of the STI, including the 305 horsepower, standard all-wheel drive and its long racing legacy. However, the longer he spoke, the more it became clear this would be a two-car extravaganza.

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Loyal WRX owners are almost always partial to the WR Blue version of the maker’s iconic pocket rocket. Today they got a special treat as today as a second STI clad in WR Blue and gold wheels and a six-speed manual transmission hit the stage: just like the original 10 years ago. The maker said it will produce just 1,000 of the special edition models in 2014. (more…)

Photos of 2015 Subaru WRX STI Leaked

High-performance sedan continues WRX legacy.

by on Jan.09, 2014

The 2015 Subaru WRX STI keeps the ever-present rear spoiler, but there will be no five-door available.

Every now and then it happens. In fact, it happened just a couple of months ago with the 2015 Ford Mustang: a leak.

Not of fluids, but of photos. In this case, the 2015 Subaru WRX STI, which was supposed to make its world debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next week.

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However, several photos leaked out ahead of time courtesy of the Mexican website, Terra Autos, so now everyone gets a look at the new iteration ahead of time. (more…)

Subaru Fights Legacy of Staid Styling with New Concept

Show car provides glimpse into future design of sedan.

by on Nov.21, 2013

Subaru is looking generate some excitement about the Legacy with the concept it recently introduced.

Subaru celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Legacy sedan by unveiling a new Legacy “concept” vehicle that, as expected, distances the stalwart from its sedate styling of the past, but is also closer to production than pure concept.

Tomohiko Ikeda, executive vice president of product development at Subaru’s parent company, Fuji Heavy Industry, said that the concept “demonstrated the future” of where the Legacy sedan will be going.

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It was a sentiment later seconded by Michael McHale, Subaru’s chief spokesman, described the aggressive new design as “indicative” of the styling expected of next generation Legacy. (more…)

Subaru’s 2015 WRX Lives up to Pocket Rocket Reputation

Rally car-inspired beast gets more horses, better handling.

by on Nov.20, 2013

Subaru's 2015 WRX gets a spate of improvements that helps its "most bang for the buck" persona.

Subaru took the wraps off its perennial favorite, the WRX, today at the L.A. Auto Show revealing a vehicle that features a variety of improvements resulting in a car that retains its “most bang for the buck” persona.

The new rally rocket is powered by a new 268-horsepower 2.0-liter direct-injection turbo Boxer engine, the 2015 WRX debuts the model’s first six-speed manual transmission and a new, optional performance automatic transmission, the Sport Lineartronic CVT with two manual modes: six-speed and eight-speed. Both versions use paddle shifters to get through the gears.

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The eight-speed is tied to Subaru’s Intelligent Drive (SI-DRIVE), which allows the driver to select one of three performance modes: intelligent, sport and sport sharp. (more…)

Subaru Shows Off 2015 Legacy “Concept”

A big week coming for the little Japanese maker.

by on Nov.15, 2013

Subaru is introducing its 2015 Legacy Concept this week in Tokyo.

Little Japanese maker Subaru has a big week ahead – one straddling both sides of the Pacific Ocean.

The maker has been dropping hints about what’s in store for both the Tokyo Motor Show and the L.A. Auto Show and the latest revelation pulls the cover on the 2015 Legacy Concept. We should put quotes around “concept,” because what you see is very likely to soon be what you’ll get when the next-generation midsize model rolls into showrooms less than a year from now.

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As with the new WRX is will share space with on the Subaru stand in Los Angeles – along with the various products we’ve learned are coming to Tokyo next week – the new 2015 Legacy Concept adopts a more stylish and modern shape than the rather boxy and plain sedan it replaces.  (more…)

Toyota to Pull out of Indiana Alliance with Subaru

Smaller maker doesn’t expect to lose jobs.

by on Nov.14, 2013

Toyota plans to stop using partner Subaru to help it meet demand for the Camry.

The manufacturing alliance between Japanese giant Toyota and little Subaru is apparently coming to an end.

Toyota has notified its partner that it will stop producing its long-popular Camry model at the assembly plant Subaru operates in Lafayette, Indiana once their five-year contract expires in late 2016.  The move is not expected to end other joint ventures, however, such as the one that led to the development of the sports car sold in the U.S. as both the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ.

And Subaru officials are saying they’re optimistic the Indiana plant not only will be able to maintain but even increase its current staffing levels.

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“Based on changes in Toyota’s production plans, they have decided that the award-winning Camry production contract will not be renewed,” said Tom Easterday, executive vice president at Subaru of Indiana.

The plant was originally opened in 1989 as part of an earlier joint venture pairing Subaru and Isuzu. The latter maker abandoned the venture in 2001 and subsequently pulled out of the American market, leaving the facility entirely to Subaru.


Screaming Hot Subaru

Japanese niche maker’s stock jumps 500% in barely 18 months.

by on Aug.12, 2013

Subaru has caught the eye of investors as its stock price has risen 500% in 18 months.

Little Subaru has turned into a big deal as far as investors are concerned.

After squeaking out an increase in sales during even the worst years of the Great Recession, the stock market seems convinced the automotive arm of Fuji Heavy Industries has even bigger opportunities ahead, with Fuji shares increasing fivefold since the beginning of 2012.

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But while the maker’s President Yasuyuki Yoshinaga says Subaru is “at a major turning point,” he is also sounding a note of caution for those who think the maker might now shift its focus from niche products like the Forester crossover and WRX hot hatch to become a true mainstream manufacturer. (more…)