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All-new Subaru WRX Won’t Be An Impreza

2010 Subaru (Impreza) WRX STI Concept

It seems that Subaru has made an important decision as the new WRX model, which will be out sometime in 2014, won’t be an Impreza at all as the automaker has decided to separate these two models. In others, the new WRX will be a sport coupe standing on its own feet, featuring a different design from the new generation of the Impreza. However, this doesn’t mean that the cars won’t share the same platform, but the new WRX is going to have a shorter wheelbase so that the handling will be better.

2010 Subaru (Impreza) WRX STI Concept

The new Subaru WRX is also going to get a hotter STI version and the company also plans to return in WRC. Most likely, the car will be powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter boxer engine that should produce somewhere around 266 hp (270 PS / 199 kW). However, this isn’t a certainty, taking into consideration that they’re working on a twin-turbo system which might make it into the production version.

The ultimate WRX STI variant is going to have the same engine, but the engineers will tweak it in order to output about 300 hp (304 PS / 224 kW).

Source: Motor Trend via WCF

Factory Five 818 Design Goes Online

Factory Five 818 (Design Proposal)


We live in the era of the Internet and now it seems that automakers are using the web to find inspiration for the design of their vehicles. Factory Five is one of these companies and they chose the work of Nouphone Bansas who created a gorgeous rendering of a modern convertible that has a four-tailpipe exhaust system and distinctive headlights. Besides the exposure he got from winning this competition, Bansas also received a check for $5,000.
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Regarding the car, this 818 is going to be based on the Subaru Impreza WRX and it will feature a RWD configuration with a mid-mounted power unit and a curb weight of only 1,800 pounds (818 kg). If things go as planned, expect to see the 818 sometime in 2012 or 2013 when it will be available with a kit price of only $9,900.

Source: Factory Five via WCF

Isle of Man TT Circuit Lap Record Set By Subaru Impreza WRX STI


The ex British rally champion Mark Higgins has managed to take down the lap record of the Isle of Man TT circuit by driving a production version of the Subaru WRX STI. He did it in 19 minutes and 56.7 seconds, managing to reach an average speed of 113 mph (182 km/h) and a maximum speed of 162 mph (261 km/h).

He completed the 37.8 miles circuit 2 minutes faster than the previous record holder, which was set by Tony Pond 21 years ago in a Rover 827 Vitesse.

The car he used had a turbocharged 2.5-liter engine that generates 296 hp (300 PS / 221 kW) and a peak torque of 258 lb.-ft (350 Nm). Although it was a production version, they still had to make some modifications to improve the car’s safety, like installing a TRS race harness, a MSA-spec T45 integrated roll cage and a Lifeline fire extinguisher.

Source: Subaru via WCF

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Subaru Targeting 100% Sales Increase In UK

Subaru XV Concept

With the launch of the new XV crossover, Subaru wants to become the top player in a segment where back in the days they dominated. The Japanese automaker is going to introduce this model, along with the highly-anticipated FT-86 Coupe in its attempt to double sales in the United Kingdom.

The crossover will have to face up some serious competition coming from the Nissan Qashqai and the Ford Kuga in this crossover/SUV segment, not only in the UK, but also in the rest of the world.

Toyota FT-86 II

Subaru hopes that with the launch of the FT-86 Coupe (co-developed with Toyota), they will increase the brand’s appeal taking into consideration that it is going to be the first RWD model of the Japanese automaker.

As far as the XV is concerned, it will be available with a choice of 1.6- and 2-liter gasoline engines, along with a 2.0-liter diesel version. Subaru is going to sell it with only an AWD configuration and they hope to deliver 2,000 units annually in UK, while for the FT-86 Coupe, the company estimates 500 units per year.

Source: Car Magazine via WCF

Subaru’s Sweet Tomorrow Campaign

Subaru‘s Sweet Tomorrow Campaign ad was recently launched on the US market and is targeting asian-american young people. The Subaru model in this ad is the Legacy 2011, a choice for the soon-to-be parents which seek comfort and safety.

The advert shows a young chinese-american family preparing for the birth of their first child by decorating and picking hobbies. Sweet Tomorrow is just the first of many Subaru campaigns which will target small segments of the society. It is scheduled for the 4th semester of 2011.

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Top 10 Worst Car Names

The success or failure of a car is greatly influenced by its name. Cars are not all about engines, gearboxes, gadgets, safety features and the rest of the lot. Marketing plays an important role in this industry and by naming a car LaPuta (“the whore” in Spanish) like Mazda did, no wonder that it was an epic failure for the Japanese automaker.

10. Subaru Brat

Manufactured between 1978 and 1987, the Subaru Brat is not only a car with an ugly name, but it also has one of the most awful designs we’ve seen from Subie. Brat stands for “bi-drive recreational all-terrain transporter.” Think of the car as a Japanese version of the El Camino. Despite its awful name, the car was pretty good thanks to its all-wheel drive capabilities. But let’s face it; wouldn’t you be embarrassed if someone asked you what car you drive?

09. Oldsmobile Intrigue

Oldsmobile launched the Intrigue in 1998 and discontinued it four years later. It was a front-wheel drive mid-size sedan, but there was nothing intriguing about it. It was developed for passionless and boring people, featuring a very dull design, making it perfect for a rental car and we all know that rental cars are anything but intriguing.

08. Dodge Swinger

The Dodge Swinger was launched in ’69 (obviously) so we have to understand the automaker for giving the car this name. Aside from its rather embarrassing name, the car was pretty awful. It was in fact a two-door version of the Dodge Dart, another automotive “masterpiece”.

07. Renault LeCar

The North American version of the Renault 5 was called “LeCar”. I don’t understand why the French automaker decided to change the car’s name when it took it stateside. Nothing is wrong with an alphanumeric car name and you’ll rarely see one in top 10s like this one. Even worse than that are the oversized “Le Car” decals on the doors.

06. Daihatsu Charade

It really was a charade with its cheap looks, uncompetitive price. No wonder they sold only a few units between 1988 and 1992, despite being under the guidance of Toyota.

05. Buick LaCrosse

If you didn’t know, “LaCrosse” is a unique French word that means “a teenage masturbator”. Maybe they meant to say “la crosse” rather than “lacrosse”. No wonder Buick sold only a couple of units in French-speaking Quebec. In addition, this also can be translated “to trick someone”, yet another unfortunate meaning.

04. Mitsubishi Pajero

“Pajero” is a Spanish slang for the word “wanker”. However, Mitsubishi was clever enough to give the car a different name when it brought it in Spain as they named it “Montero”.  However, there are lots of Spanish-speaking drivers that own a wanker which is pretty funny if you think about it.

03. Nissan Moco

Nissan made a very good decision not to bring the car in Spain as it would have been an embarrassing thing to do, taking into consideration that “moco” there means snot or booger. Luckily, Nissan sold the car only in Japan.

02. Mazda LaPuta

We mentioned this one in the first paragraph so it “deserves” its own place in the top. It was a great little car, excellent for city driving. Mazda launched it in 1999 and manufactured it for seven years, the model being discontinued in 2006. The company chose this name after Jonathan Swift’s “Gulliver’s Travels”. However, “la puta” in Spanish means prostitute.

01. Ford Probe

Back in the 1980s, Ford was about to transform its iconic Mustang in a V8-free, FWD model, co-developed with Mazda. They changed their mind after fans of the pony car got angry at the prospect of a car totally different from what they were used to. However, Ford released a model that at first they wanted to be the new Mustang. It did not take very long after the car was launched to think of the word “probe” and its multitude of connotations, including the embarrassing one of course.

Report – U.S.-spec Mazda6 And Subaru Tribeca To Be Axed

Mazda6

According to a newspaper report from the Japanese business daily Nikkan Kogyo, both the Mazda6 and the Subaru Tribeca will be discontinued due to slow sales that undermine the production efficiency of the factories in the United States where the cars are manufactured.

The newspaper mentions that Mazda will end making its Mazda6 model at the factory in Flat Rock, Michigan, which is operated in a joint venture with Ford. Back in 2008, when the latest generation model was introduced, the Japanese automaker said that they want to produce about 100,000 units per year, but in 2010, they’ve rolled out only 45,168 cars. Last month, the company posted a 7.8% increase, but sales reached only 2,734 units.

However, Mazda won’t say goodbye to the mid-size segment as it is very important for the company. The same report says that the company is seeking new opportunities of rolling out a brand new model or making a similar vehicle for less production costs in Mexico.

Subaru Tribeca

Regarding the Subaru Tribeca, it went into production in 2005 at the company’s plant in Indiana. Nikkan Kogyo says that Subaru has stopped developing a new generation of the SUV and plans to use the factory’s remaining capacity to build the better-selling Legacy and Outback models. Up until now, Subaru delivered only 910 units of its Tribeca sport utility vehicle.

Source: Nikkan Kogyo via AutoNews via Carscoop

2012 Subaru Impreza Revealed

2012 Subaru Impreza

At this month’s New York Auto Show, Subaru unveiled the 4th generation of its Impreza model, bringing the 4-door and 5-door variants. The new model has the same exterior dimensions as the outgoing model, but offers a more spacious cabin and better fuel economy. Subaru also said that the new Impreza is more fun to drive; we’ll have to wait and see about that.

2012 Subaru Impreza

The wheelbase of the 4th generation Impreza has grown by 25 mm, while the bottom end of the A-pillar has been extended 200 mm toward the front. In addition, the door structure has been modified and all of these changes have brought more elbow and shoulder space, along with more room for the passengers in the back and the driver now benefits from an improved field of vision. Cargo space has also gone up and Subaru says that in the sedan you can put in four golf bags, while in the hatchback version you can store three.

2012 Subaru Impreza

The U.S.-spec version comes with the company’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system and is powered by the third generation of Subaru’s 2.0-liter boxer engine, which will be linked to either a standard 5-speed manual gearbox or the new Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission.

2012 Subaru Impreza

This new engine produces 148 hp, which is 22 hp less than the previous one; and 145 lb.-ft (197 Nm) of torque. This smaller engine has managed to do 36 mpg in the preliminary in-house tests, which is a record for a U.S.-market all-wheel drive production model. To achieve this figure, the engineers over at Subaru had to implement a few weight saving techniques, managing to drop the Impreza’s curb weight to only 2,910 lbs (1,320 kg), and also they’ve optimized the car’s aerodynamics and fitted it with low-rolling resistance tires.

2012 Subaru Impreza

As far as the design is concerned, it looks pretty boring if you ask me, although Subaru said that they have used the “Smart & Classy” concept. Inside, we find a 3-spoke steering wheel, a round speedometer and rev counter, not that exciting at all.

2012 Subaru Impreza

No word about availability and price list yet.

2012 Subaru Impreza

Source: Subaru via Carscoop

Subaru’s XV Concept, Unveiled In Shanghai

Subaru XV Concept

Later on this week at the New York Auto Show we shall see the 2012 version of the Impreza, both the 4- and 5-door models. Until then, we can feast our eyes on this XV Concept based on the hatchback model, but wearing a crossover mask. This concept can be considered as a preview of the future U.S.-spec Impreza Outback Sport as well as the Japan-only Impreza XV.

Subaru XV Concept

It features the company’s legendary AWD system, mixed with a jacked up suspension and plenty of design cues borrowed from SUVs. The car measures 4,450 mm in length, 1,800 mm in width and 1,620 mm in height, while the wheelbase measures 2,635 mm long. The XV Concept is powered by a 4-cylinder boxer 2.0-liter engine, mated to a CVT gearbox.

Subaru XV Concept

Design-wise, you can see those rather cheap-looking protective armor of plastic addons around the wheel arches, the lower part of the front and rear bumpers, and on the side sills. You’ll also notice those big roof rails and the 19-inch alloy rims wrapped around in 245/45 ZR19 rubbers.

Subaru XV Concept

Although it is a concept, the cabin is pretty much standard, featuring a two-color theme with some nice leather seats and run-of-the-mill plastics. They’ve fitted the XV Concept with a very cool touchscreen multi-information display in the center console, along with a panoramic glass roof that extends from the windscreen to the back.

Subaru XV Concept

Source: Subaru via Carscoop

Entry-Level Subaru Legacy Announced

Subaru Legacy ES Nav

The Subaru Legacy ES Nav is the entry-level model and it features the automaker’s 2.0-liter boxer gasoline engine that produces 148 hp and 145 lb.-ft of engine. The power is sent to all four wheels via the 6-speed manual transmission. As an optional feature, customers can also order the “Lineartronic” CVT transmission.

With the manual gearbox, the Legacy is able to do the 0-60 mph sprint in 9.8 seconds, before reaching a top speed of 120 mph. It can do 27.3 mpg (US) and emits 199 g/km CO2. With the optional CVT transmission, the 0-60 mph sprint time is 11.3 seconds, while fuel consumption is rated at 29 mpg and has CO2 emissions of 187 g/km.

As far as the cabin is concerned, the most affordable Legacy packs a full color satellite navigation system with touchscreen, dual zone climate control, automatic headlights and windscreen wipers, electric driver’s seat and alloy wheels.

The base price for the Subaru Legacy ES Nav starts from 21,995 pounds.

Source: Subaru via AutoCar

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2011MY Kia Sorento & Older Subaru Impreza Models, Under NHTSA Investigation

2011 Kia Sorento

The NHTSA has initiated an investigation regarding the 2011MY Kia Sorento for possible driveshaft failure that results in a sudden loss of power. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration stated that there have been four complaints regarding the intermediate driveshaft and another five about power loss due to a transmission failure that might be related to a driveshaft problem. This investigation will look into about 50,000 units of the Korean CUV.

In addition, it seems that some of the 2002-2003 Subaru Impreza models have problems regarding corroded lower control arms. The Detroit News says that there have been seven complaints stating that the control arms on the Impreza can break at more than 50 mph, two of them saying that due to this issue, their cars went out of control. This investigation affects 84,000 Imprezas.

Source: The Detroit News via AutoBlog

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UK-Market Subaru Impreza WRX STI Gets Power Increase

Subaru Impreza WRX STI

Good news for those of you that live in the UK. It seems that Subaru is offering its Impreza WRX STI model with extra oomph under the hood and a satellite navigation system as standard, with no additional costs. This means that for a limited period of time you will pay the same price tag of 32,995 pounds but get more for your money.
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Geneva 2011 – Subaru Trezia

Subaru Trezia

The collaboration between Toyota and Subaru has spawned another model, the Subaru Trezia which no more than a Toyota Vero-S with different badging. Measuring almost four meters, this small-ish MPV is Subaru’s newest model in the European minivan B-segment.

Subaru Trezia

Nothing has really changed in comparison to the Toyota version of the car, except for the installation of Subaru’s signature grille, an updated bumper and a mild restyle of the headlights. Other than that, the cars are identical, both inside and out.
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Geneva 2011 – Subaru’s RWD Coupe Platform

Subaru's RWD Coupe Platform

Many people were expecting to see a concept of the Subaru flavored version of the RWD Toyota FT-86 at Geneva, but the automaker only displayed the car’s chassis in a clear plastic body. The company did not comment on exterior wrap, though there are some solid chances that the shape may hint at the styling of the upcoming production coupe.

Subaru's RWD Coupe Platform

Subaru named the rear-wheel drive platform “Boxer Sports Car Architecture” and in comparison to the company’s production all-wheel-drive models, the new boxer engine in the coupe is installed lower and further back.

Subaru's RWD Coupe Platform

As a reminder, Subaru and Toyota have teamed up in order to develop the boxer-powered and rear-wheel drive sports car architecture and each of the automakers will introduce their own version in about one year, give or take a couple of months.

Source: Carscoop

Subaru FT-86 Spied

Subaru FT-86

We already know that Subaru announced that they will bring the rear-wheel-drive version of the FT-86 concept next month at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. AutoBlog’s spy photographers have caught Subaru’s version of this car out testing and it seems that it will have a hatchback configuration, although most of us thought that it will be a coupe.

Subaru FT-86

However, there still is a small deck in the back, which means that the car will be a “fastback”, like the Scion tC. The car will most likely feature a 4-cylinder 2.0-liter engine that will output about 260 hp. This will be the first rear-wheel drive car for Subaru so it should be an important model for the company.

We’ll let you know more about the Subaru FT-86 once it will be unveiled next month at Geneva.

Source: AutoBlog

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