Subaru at Geneva Motor Show
Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), a global manufacturer of transportation and aerospace-related products and the maker of Subaru automobiles, will exhibit the “SUBARU BOXER TURBO DIESEL” engine and the Subaru R1e electric vehicle at the 77th Geneva International Motor Show, will open its doors to the general public from March 8 through 18, 2007 in Geneva, Switzerland. FHI will give a press briefing on Tuesday, March 6, at 10:15, at the Subaru booth.
SUBARU BOXER TURBO DIESEL
The “SUBARU BOXER TURBO DIESEL” engine, which will be introduced into the European market, takes advantage of the inherent superiority of Horizontally -Opposed engines, such as high rigidity and low noise and vibration, resulting in no need of a balancer shaft. In addition, it has also realized compact design, which stands on a par with the Subaru Horizontally-Opposed gasoline engine of the same displacement.
This “SUBARU BOXER TURBO DIESEL” engine will be mounted on Subaru’s proprietary symmetrical AWD (All-Wheel Drive) system as in the case of the gasoline unit. In order to highlight the advantages coming from the combination of the torquey diesel engine and the great traction obtained through the SUBARU Symmetrical AWD system, , this engine will be on display coupled with the drivetrain. The vehicles fitted with the “SUBARU BOXER TURBO DIESEL” engines are slated to hit the European market in 2008.
At present, ten units of the Subaru R1e electric vehicle are used for daily business operations by The Tokyo Electric Power Company, Incorporated (TEPCO), Subaru’s joint development partner, for road-testing with an eye to a market debut down the road. FHI intends to commercialize the Subaru R1e as a short-distance commuter car based on the Subaru R1 minivehicle currently available on the Japanese market. A TEPCO-developed high-speed charger that will charge 80% in no more than 15 minutes will be also showcased.