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2020 Marks the Final Year For the Current-Gen BRZ, But That's a Good Thing

2020 Marks the Final Year For the Current-Gen BRZ, But That’s a Good Thing

Subaru Is Ending Production of the Current-Gen BRZ, and We Know Why

The Subaru BRZ and it’s twin the Toyota 86 have been on the market for a little more than eight years (since January 2012), and now it’s time to say goodbye to one of the coolest compact sport coupes to grace the last decade. All told, 2020 will mark the final year for the Subaru BRZ, at least as we know it, but that’s a good thing, as long as you’re willing to wait for the next-gen model. Don’t bother sounding the fake news or rumor alarm, either, as this news comes directly from Subaru itself – if you can read Japanese, that is.

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Subaru Partners With U.S. College To Offer Two-Year Automotive Technology Program

Subaru Partners With U.S. College To Offer Two-Year Automotive Technology Program

Students will get hands-on, Subaru-certified training

Subaru’s partnership with Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon will give rise to the first college degree dedicated to Subaru automotive technology. The two-year associate degree starts in the fall 2018 semester. It’s the first college program in the U.S. to provide students the opportunity to work at Subaru retailers by giving them hands-on Subaru factory-certified training inside an institute of higher learning.

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Subaru Celebrates 30 Years of STI

Subaru Celebrates 30 Years of STI

AWD and turbo speed make for one helluva combo

On April 2nd, 1988, the Six-Star brand founded Subaru Technica International, establishing what would eventually become 30 years of high-performance both on and off the track. Now, Subaru is celebrating the birth of its go-faster racing division and three decades of awesomeness.

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2016 Subaru BRZ Gets Price Cut

2016 Subaru BRZ Gets Price Cut

Though the Subaru BRZ and Mazda Miata are very different cars, they share a customer base. Whatever the differences in body style, both of these sports cars appeal to driving purists, who enjoy a level of connectedness that goes beyond the average commuter. That may be at least part of the reason that, closely following the launch of the all-new 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata, Subaru has announced a price drop for the BRZ.

The $25,695 MSRP of the 2016 Subaru BRZ is $300 below the 2015 model. Annual updates are limited to new options and equipment, including the Subaru Starlink Multimedia System, whose 6.2-inch touch screen enables smartphone-like gesture input. A backup camera is now standard as well. The 200 horsepower, 2.0 liter boxer four-cylinder engine, standard limited-slip differential and lightweight body have not changed.

Subaru has lowered prices by approximately the same amount across the board, so the Alcantara-trimmed Limited starts at $27,395 with a six-speed manual and $28,495 with the six-speed automatic. The BRZ Limited is also equipped with dual-zone climate control and heated seats.
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Despite Clammoring Within Subaru, the BRZ Won't Get an STI Version, Yet

Despite Clammoring Within Subaru, the BRZ Won’t Get an STI Version, Yet

The Subaru BRZ has good bones for an every-man’s sports car. Front engine, rear-wheel drive, manual transmission, and a low starting price help make the BRZ a great bang-for-the-buck choice. But a general consensus among enthusiasts agrees that the little two-door coupe lacks power. And sadly, it seams Subaru isn’t currently doing anything about it; that is, except for Subaru Australia.

In an interview with Motoring.com, Subaru Australia managing director Nick Senior says his local division has been lobbying for an STI version of the car. But in the mean time, Subaru Australia has done its own modifications with items from the STI parts bin. Even though the parts are the same, the car cannot be labeled an STI without being developed by the actual Subaru Tecnica International team.

Subaru Australia’s modified BRZ S Pack went on sale Down Under in 2013 with STI suspension components for better handling and a few sporty cosmetic bits for a unique look.

While it’s hard to blame the blokes for spicing up their own BRZs while begging for an STI version, it’s understandable why Subaru and Toyota haven’t done major modifications to the car. It’s only a few years old and its first refresh is scheduled for 2016. Several reports have confirmed the BRZ and its Toyo twin — the FR-S — will be getting drop-top version in their next life cycle.

Could it be then that an STI version will come along too? We already know the speculation about the 2.0-liter turbocharged Boxer engine from the Forester is a no-go, as the engine simply won’t fit within the engine bay. Some other mode of increasing power would have to be used. While there’s no shortage of aftermarket turbo kits for the BRZ/FR-S, the STI team is quiet on the subject.

Surely Subaru will answer the outcry for a more powerful BRZ with a STI version while Toyota (Scion) could do the same mods but with a TRD badge slapped on. Here’s for hoping as the time draws nearer for official words about the upcoming 2016 refresh.

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Subaru's Highway Automated Response Concept (SHARC) Wins 2012 LA Design Challenge

Subaru’s Highway Automated Response Concept (SHARC) Wins 2012 LA Design Challenge

Let’s get this out of the way now: all of the participants at the 2012 Los Angeles Design Challenge deserve a ton credit for the concept vehicles they designed. Mercedes deserves a huge chuck of credit for actually building a real-scale Ener-G-Force and bringing it to the LA Auto Show.

Unfortunately, there was only room for one winner, and that winner is Subaru’s Highway Automated Response Concept.

As a futuristic concept for what Subaru deems as “24-hour highway monitoring for Hawaii’s highway patrol,” the SHARC Concept captured the essence of this year’s theme best. It’s the smallest of all the concept vehicles, but still retains great functionality, an awesome design, and uses renewable energy. For achieving this delicate balance, the SHARC Concept was deemed as the best of them all.

"The SHARC captured the vision of the Design Challenge theme by combining functionality and problem-solving technology around a dynamic and plausible story," Design LA’s Chuck Pelly said.

Subaru designed the SHARC highway patrol vehicle to provide the kind of innovative, affordable and environmentally conscious solution for 24-hour highway monitoring, protection, and rapid emergency response in Hawaii, all while adhering to the state’s strict UltraGreen carbon-neutral environmental regulations.

It’s unlikely that we’ll see the SHARC as an actual production vehicle in the near future — maybe the distant future — but that’s getting ahead of ourselves. It does, however, give us a vision of what the future could look like in law enforcement.

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Report: The Subaru BRZ STI's Future Isn't So Bleak After All

Report: The Subaru BRZ STI’s Future Isn’t So Bleak After All

We all know and mostly love the WRX STI that Subaru pumps out each year. The latest model produces a stout 305 horsepower and 290 pound feet of torque through Subaru’s famed AWD system, all for a relative bargain of $34,000. Unfortunately, the STI nameplate has never extended beyond the WRX lineup.

That may become a thing of the past, as Subaru debuted its Forester TS, which is tuned by STI to pump out 259 horsepower and 256 pound-feet of torque from its 2.5-liter 4-banger, to its newest market – Russia. What in the world does an STI-tuned Forester in Russia have to do with more STI models in other countries? Well, according to a report by Autocar, this is simply a test market.

This test will gauge the demand of an STI-tuned car, besides the WRX, in a market other than Japan. A Subaru insider was quoted as saying “It’s clear that STI’s abilities and experience could work on other cars in other markets,” and “Confining them to WRX projects doesn’t make sense when the demand is there.” This would lead us to believe that if the Russian Forester TS succeeds, then Subaru would be start expanding its STI lineup in other markets, like the U.S.

All we can hope for it that the Forester TS takes hold in Russia and Subaru decides to expand the STI lineup in the U.S. to the Subaru BRZ. We know that’s beating a dead horse, but this insider info really shows that this is becoming more of a possibility. This also points to the possibility of a turbocharged Forester STI coming to the U.S., which could give Subaru some much needed help fending off the turbocharged 2013 Ford Escape.

Who knows, we may just run into a performance crossover SUV war soon.

Hmm, that’s kind of scary... We guess little Billy and Sara would always make it to soccer practice on time.

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Video: Watch two Subaru BRZ's tackle the Isle of Mans infamous roads

Video: Watch two Subaru BRZ’s tackle the Isle of Mans infamous roads

In addition to the stunning scenery which makes the Isle of Man the cold paradise it is, the largely unrestricted roads also act as a beacon to all car and motorcycle enthusiasts alike, who travel on mass to the famous island and its even more-famous roads every year.

In the latest episode of The Downshift, Jason Cammisa was lucky enough to be thrown the keys to the extremely popular Subaru BRZ, which recently sold out in Australia.

In addition to this, a rally prepped BRZ is also featured in the relatively short video where former WRC winner Mark Higgins takes Cammisa on a trip through the small island’s most exciting roads.

Even though the video is just 4:50 long, the producers have managed to cram a great deal of detail into the short space of time and as a result, it’s definitely an ideal way to spend five minutes of your time.

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2013 Subaru BRZ by Accelerated Performance

2013 Subaru BRZ by Accelerated Performance

We cannot say that no one has boosted a Subaru BRZ up until now, as we really don’t know if someone may have already done it and just not plastered it all over the Interwebz yet. That said, we can at least now say that there is officially a turbocharged BRZ running the streets. Its builder is Toledo, Ohio-based Accelerated Performance.

These guys and gals fitted a custom-built turbo onto the intake of the 200-horsepower (161 wheel horsepower) 2.0-liter 4-banger and netted some decent results. After running it on a dyno, they found that the boost netted the BRZ a cool 54.5 horsepower.

Many of you are probably wondering why in the world only 54.5 horsepower, as a turbo is typically good for 100, or more, ponies. Well, the BRZ boasts a 12.5-to-1 compression ratio and Accelerated Performance calculated that with such high compression, they could only run about 4 psi of boost – roughly 5 psi less than most aftermarket turbo cars push out.

Soon enough someone will tune the ECU a little more and throw in a much-needed set of low compression rings on the FA20 engine. Get that compression ratio down to about 8.5-to-1 and you can safely run 9 to 12 psi of boost through the engine without issue. That would get the BRZ near the 250- to 300-wheel-horsepower mark.

Maybe once people really start throwing turbos on the BRZ and have relative success with it, Subaru will finally add a BRZ Turbo to the mix. There have been rumors of a factory-turbocharged BRZ in the works, but nothing confirmed yet. For now, we just have to rely on savvy modifiers.

UPDATE 09/08/2012: Accelerated Performance have taken their new Subaru BRZ Turbo Kit out for some testing, managing a world record quarter mile time of 11.3 seconds at a speed of 127.4 mph! Hit the jump for the video!

Hit the jump for a video of the Subaru BRZ by Accelerated Performance.

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Subaru BRZ Sells Out in Australia in Short Order

Subaru BRZ Sells Out in Australia in Short Order

We thought that Americans loved the BRZ when we found out that it was the fastest selling car, but apparently Aussies like it just a little bit more. Subaru allotted just 210 examples of the popular sports car for the Australian market, but it apparently way undershot its popularity “Down Under,” as all 210 models of the Australia-bound BRZs have been ordered and a sales contract completed.

Selling 210 cars is really not a big deal, but selling them in a matter of three hours is, and that is exactly what happened in the outback. Subaru decided to put its $37,150 (AUD) BRZ online for ordering, as opposed to the typical dealership distribution, and just like New Kids on the Block — NKOTB for those cool enough to listen to them in the 1990s — tickets in the 1980s, they were gobbled up in just hours, leaving the cupboards bare.

If you live in Australia and really wanted a BRZ, don’t fret. Subaru realized the popularity could bring in some extra revenue, so it will continue taking orders for more BRZs. These back-ordered BRZs will not be delivered until early in 2013, however.

If the naturally aspirated BRZs are selling so quickly, we can only imagine how fast the turbocharged BRZs will sell, if Subaru ever stops dragging its feet about boosting its popular sports car.

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Japan Eyeballing the 2020s for Introduction of Automated Vehicles

Japan Eyeballing the 2020s for Introduction of Automated Vehicles

We do our best to keep you in the loop when it comes to new and cool developments in the automotive world. One of the hottest topics going right now in the U.S. is automated driving. Though it is still several decades away from being a national reality, although some states are legalizing autonomous cars, we are still seeing some progress. The leader in this technology to date in the U.S. is the Google Prius, but other automakers - such as Cadillac and Ford - sniffing around the automated car sector.

In Japan, however, they are taking the bull by the horns and setting up an outline for national implementation of an autonomous driving system. According to a report from Tech-On, the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism (MLIT) is starting to piece together how to make automated driving a reality in as little as eight years.

Starting immediately, the MLIT will start piecing together the problems related to automated driving and neatly package it in an interim report that is due for release in March of 2013. Some of the issues at hand have to include: driver attentiveness, driver override ability, handling of accidents, and infrastructure development.

The MLIT has already employed the help of Toyota, Nissan, Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (A.K.A. Subaru), Honda, and Mazda in this project. Heading up the entire team is Yasuo Asakura, a professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology.

For now, this is all just talk and we will see if anything ever comes of it. If this is actually a serious deal, it could drastically accelerate the timeframe that we in the industry have set for automated cars. We will keep a close eye on this situation and update you if any new details come up. Until then, enjoy your steering wheel, while you still can.

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2015 Subaru BRZ Turbo

2015 Subaru BRZ Turbo

The Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S have been tearing up in sales lately, becoming the No. 1 and No. 2 selling cars, respectively. This comes as quite a surprise, considering they both were met with some minor grumbling over the fact that neither had any plans for a turbocharged model any time soon.

That phrase “any time soon” really only applies to the BRZ, as Subaru and Toyota both have made it clear that customers looking to buy a Scion FR-S will not be likely to ante up the extra dough needed for forced induction, so they effectively eliminated the FR-S from the boost talks. The BRZ, on the other hand, is marketed to the higher-end customer that just might pony up some extra Benjamins for some spoolage. However, that term “any time soon” rears up again, and we are stuck wondering what Subaru’s idea of “soon” really is.

With the recent announcement from Subaru about the addition of a turbocharger onto the FA-20 engine – the engine that the FR-S and BRZ come with – and its use in the upcoming Legacy sedan and wagon, we are starting to think the any time soon period has officially ended. We anticipate seeing a BRZ with a turbocharger hitting showrooms in the 2015 model year, at the latest, but the paltry 296 horsepower that the current boosted FA-20 produces won’t hold a candle to the version that the BRZ will see.

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Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S are the Fastest Selling Cars in the U.S.

Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S are the Fastest Selling Cars in the U.S.

Inventory turns are the bane of a car dealership sales manager’s existence, as the general manager will ride the sales manager like a rented mule if a unit stays on the lot past 30 days. In reality, the average car sits on a dealership’s lot for a little over 50 days – that’s a lot of gripe sessions from the GM. According to a report from Edmunds, via our pals at Auto Blog, the sales managers at Subaru and Scion dealerships can breathe easy every time a shipment of new BRZ or FR-S models comes rolling in on the back of a transporter.

Why would these managers be so happy to see a truckload full of these new sports cars? Well, because the Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S are No. 1 and 2 on the fastest selling vehicle list, respectively. There is barely enough time for the driver to unload the cars and for the service team to perform a safety check and get it detailed before a deal is being worked and the car is being driven off of the lot. Yup, the BRZ lasts a whopping four days in the dealership before turning into a sale and the FR-S lasts only five days.

This is all well and good, but another issue is starting to rear its head, and that is the fact that there just are not enough BRZ and FR-S models to go around. Toyota will only make about 10,000 FR-S models and Subaru is planning only 6,000 units, which at the current pace will be completely sold out well before the end of the model year.

We are willing to bet that neither Subaru nor Toyota will leave any money on the table, so we anticipate seeing production numbers ramped up in the coming months, if sales keep going the way they are. If Mazda is willing to increase the number of special edition RX-8s it is producing to keep up with demand, Subaru and Toyota likely will too.

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Subaru Building an FA20 Engine with a Turbocharger; is it for the BRZ?

Subaru Building an FA20 Engine with a Turbocharger; is it for the BRZ?

A few weeks ago, we let you in on the conversation that Car and Driver had with executives from Subaru and Toyota about the possibility of a turbocharger on the BRZ, GT 86, and FR-S. It was a flat out “No” on the FR-S and an “Eh, maybe, but not now” on the BRZ and GT 86. Well, first off we think that’s a load of corporate horse manure, as Subaru and Toyota would be out of their engine control modules not to force at least 8 psi into that new jointly built 2.0-liter engine.

Apparently, Subaru is taking a nibble of the bait that us turbo junkies are tossing in the water, as it has just completed development on a turbocharged version of the FA20 engine used in the BRZ, GT 86, and FR-S family. This engine is not an identical twin to the FA20, so don’t go getting your hopes up yet, but it is its fraternal twin at least. The only real difference is that Subaru scrapped the Toyota fuel injection system in favor of its own direct-injection system.

So what kind of power are we talking about? We are hearing that it cranks out a whopping 296 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque! Now for the bad news… As of now, this engine is only slated to be dropped into the JDM-spec Legacy. To make things worse, Subaru is linking this awesome engine to a CVT. What a gigantic waste.

Don’t go getting all sad on us now, this is a good start that Subaru is willing to slap some boost on this puppy and get nearly 300 ponies and 300 twisting power. Now just imagine that in a BRZ…

So we will reiterate what we said before. Regardless of what smoke and mirrors Subaru and Toyota throw up there, we will see boost in at least the BRZ and GT 86, and we would be willing to bet a penny that we see the FR-S whistling down the road one day too.

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Possible Turbo for the BRZ, but No Love for the Scion

Possible Turbo for the BRZ, but No Love for the Scion

Ever since the Toyota-Subaru joint venture that netted three different models – Subaru BRZ, Toyota GT 86, and Scion FR-S – there have been speculations, rumors, and whispers of potential forced induction for these triplets. Recently an unnamed “source” informed our colleagues over at Car and Driver that “for the time being” the BRZ and FR-S will remain naturally aspirated and pumping out 200 horsepower.

The report went on to say that a turbocharged BRZ is a possibility in the future, but there is no way the FR-S will ever receive forced induction. The source also mentioned that the GT 86 could potentially get some added PSI into the intake. The reason being, according to this “source,” is because the Scion is considered an entry-level sports car and a turbocharger would push its $24,930 base price to near $30,000. At that price, most Scion buyers may start dreaming of a BMW 1-series or something a little more upscale. The Subaru and Toyota, on the other hand, cater to higher-end customers.

Being the car buffs that we are and lovers of a little forced air, this is a depressing thing to hear. It also slightly confuses us a little, as we don’t quite see how adding a turbocharger can pump the base price up $6,000. Even if it did approach those higher cars, like the 1-Series, a boosted FR-S would certainly pump out more power than the base 1-Series and is definitely a more fun car to drive.

So here’s to hoping that the three automakers come together and find a way to make a turbocharged version of all three models. A boosted model would likely have a massive impact on Scion’s popularity too. Heck, it may even get that nasty taste out of people’s mouths that the xB and xD models left behind.

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Production of the Subaru BRZ and Toyota GT-86 begins in Japan

Production of the Subaru BRZ and Toyota GT-86 begins in Japan

After being unveiled last year, both theSubaru BRZ and the Toyota GT-86 have now officially started production at Subaru’s Gunma factory in Ota-city, Japan. The two rear-wheel drive coupe models were developed as a result of an agreement that started in October 2005. Both models are powered by the same 2.0-liter horizontally-opposed boxer engine that deliver a total of 200 HP and 151 lb-ft torque.

At the same plant, Subaru will produce the new Impreza starting in March 2013.

FHI President Yasuyuki Yoshinaga commented: "This car symbolizes our corporate strategy in two significant aspects: good progress in our alliance and advancement of our ‘select and focus’ approach. The start of production today made a huge step for us, but it is not our end goal. By constantly refining both models, FHI and TMC hope to nourish each model to be loved by customers all over the world for a long time to come."

TMC President Akio Toyoda said: "The Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 could not have been successfully developed without collaboration between FHI and TMC. We started the alliance for mutual growth in 2005. Now I’m delighted to see that our alliance bore fruit."

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Subaru confirms turbocharged version of BRZ engine

Subaru confirms turbocharged version of BRZ engine

Toyota’s announcement for a supercharged version of the recently launched GT 86 sports car was apparently just the beginning of the Toyota/Subaru match of HP wits. Now, Subaru has confirmed that the company is preparing a turbocharged version of the 2.0-liter flat-four engine used in the BRZ, in addition to the previously rumored STI version. The new turbocharged variant will be based on the FA20 engine and will be built at the company’s Oizumi engine plant, where the BRZ and all Toyota/Scion variants are being produced. It will be used in many of the future Subaru models, most likely including a hotter version of the BRZ, as well as the future WRX.

As of right now, there are no other details regarding turbo size or the engine’s final output, but previous rumors have suggested that Subaru was working on a 300 HP BRZ model. This may be the final output for its turbocharged version, unless we’re going to get some extra ponies in addition to that.

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Subaru/Toyota FT-86 will be badged as Scion in the US: Features extremely low center of gravity

Subaru/Toyota FT-86 will be badged as Scion in the US: Features extremely low center of gravity

The Toyota/Subaru FT-86 creation has been buzzing about the internet since the two announced their partnership, but after months of concepts and hearsay, a Subaru source has provided a bit of official information about the new sports car. The FT-86 will be arriving in the U.S. badged as a Scion FR-S and will feature one of the lowest centers of gravity of any vehicle out on the market. It will actually be right behind the Porsche GT3 and the Ferrari 458, thanks to the boxer engine provided to Toyota by Subaru. Subaru’s boxer engine has a flat, low profile that balances weight efficiently and provides quick handling response and flat, confident cornering.

We’re expected to see debuts of all the FT-86 variants when the Tokyo Motor Show opens its doors in December 2011 so we’ll have more details on those models at that time. Subaru’s version of the FT-86 is also being considered for an STI version which could come sporting a new generation, naturally aspirated (not turbocharged as with other STI models) 2.0-liter, four-cylinder boxer engine.

Speaking of the STI, Subaru sources also say that the new STI will take at least two years before coming to the market and will be drastically different from the base Impreza. In fact, this is part of Subaru’s plan to separate their conventional models from their performance models. The Impreza was put together with an eye out for economy, but the STI will be a different beast altogether. It will get its own engine, one that will have nothing to do with the Toyota engine created for the FT-86 project and will make it easier for Subaru to market the vehicle as a performance model. No specific figures were given, but we expect the new STI to carry a turbocharged version of the 2.5 liter boxer engine with more than 305 HP on tap. The engine will be mated to a fully synchronized close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission.

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Next Impreza To Be Based off the Toyota Corolla

Next Impreza To Be Based off the Toyota Corolla

Akio Toyoda, President of Subaru’s parent company, Toyota, has announced that the next Subaru Impreza would be based on the venerable Toyota Corolla.

In a statement to select members of the press, Toyoda was quoted as saying, “We [at Toyota] are always looking to consolidate redundant parts of our lineup so we can pass our cost savings on to our customers. Because of this, we are pleased to announce that the next generation of the Subaru Impreza will be based on our Toyota Corolla, which is the best selling car in the world.”

While Toyoda declined to discuss a timeline for the changes, he did mention that Subaru’s signature boxer engines and symmetrical all wheel drive would not be carried over to the new Impreza because of, “[the] inefficient nature of the design.” He declined to comment further.

Toyoda did however make great note of his excitement over the Impreza’s changes, “Combining Corolla and Impreza designs makes perfect sense. They share the same area on the marketplace and while the Impreza is unique, it was never a class leader. Nevertheless, [the Impreza] will now have the same DNA inside that helped [Toyota] sell over 40 million Corollas.”

A Toyota insider later broke down the changes for us. The new Subaru Impreza will share very little with the Impreza concept that was shown at last year’s Los Angeles Auto Show. Instead the new Impreza will receive a face lift to look more similar to its Corolla cousin. Our insider also told us that under the hood, the new Impreza would get the Corolla’s 1.8L 4-cylinder engine driving the front wheels. Lastly and most unfortunately of all, our insider told us that Toyoda will relegate the WRX and WRX STI nameplates to being no more than sporty trim packages with, “Very little, if any,” more power added.

UPDATE 04/01/2011: Sorry to pull one over on you guys, but April Fool’s!!! This is all complete fallacy!

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Subaru’s ’2011 Mediocrity’ marketing campaign is a hoot

In a day and age where cars are being outfitted with every technological quirk imaginable, Subaru’s new viral marketing campaign featuring the 2011 Mediocrity hearkens us back to the day when cars were more about just getting you from Point A to Point B.

Sure, there’s a ton of sarcasm oozing from the campaign, but it does remind us that there was a day and age when cars weren’t all that. Subaru even went all out with the campaign, promoting the 2011 Mediocrity as if it was the car of the future. From promo ads to spy photos, and even its own configurator, Subaru really put all their balls in one basket in promoting the 2011 Mediocrity.

Of course, the whole point of this campaign isn’t so much to promote the Mediocrity as it is to work up their new flagship sedan, the Legacy, which, in case you haven’t caught in on the whole campaign, is anything but mediocre.

There are more videos to be enjoyed after the jump so check them out.

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Subaru plans to expand its line-up by 2012

Subaru plans to expand its line-up by 2012

We already know a little about Subaru’s future because of the highly anticipated FT-86 that Subaru has developed with Toyota. However, that is not the only card in Subaru’s hand. Subaru will be unveiling the sports coupe in 2012, but will also be bringing out a hybrid version of the Impreza and improved versions of almost all of their models.

The first, and most awaited model, is the two-door coupe developed in cooperation with Toyota. The exterior of Subaru’s version will differ from the Toyota and will be powered by either Subaru’s 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine or the 2.5-liter turbocharged engine from the Impreza STI. The sports car developed by Toyota is a RWD model, and the buzz says that Subaru’s version will also be FWD. This is a little surprising for some considering all of Subaru’s vehicles are all-wheel drive, but for cost reasons, this feature just wasn’t practical.

The Impreza will be redesigned for the 2012 model year with bodies created by new design chief Osamu Namba. There are reports that the Impreza will have a hybrid variant, with Subaru getting hybrid technology from Toyota.

As for the other models in the line-up, a new-generation Forester will be revealed this November, the Tribeca will be refreshed in 2012. The Outback and Legacy won’t be seeing a facelift until 2014.

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Subaru To Bring Out New Flat Four Motors

Subaru To Bring Out New Flat Four Motors

One of the most iconic engines will be getting an upgrade. Subaru’s flat “boxer” four-cylinder motor that is used in most of their products will be getting a 20th birthday present in the form of a new flat four that will debut in the Forester.

The motor that will be in the Forester will be connected to a CVT transmission, most likely the same one that we find in the Outback and the Legacy.

The motors will likely be around 2.0 and 2.5-liters and we would expect there to be many different variations on the new boxer. We can expect a turbocharged version, direct injection versions, and maybe even a hybrid version. According to Japan’s Nikkei Sangyo daily, the motors will be 10 percent more fuel-efficient and will be offered on all of Subaru’s more popular models.

We would expect the new Forester to get around 23 miles per gallon in the city and 31 on the highway when equipped with the new flat four and the CVT transmission.

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Subaru issues another recall for the 2010 Outback and the 2010 Legacy due to wiring problems

Subaru issues another recall for the 2010 Outback and the 2010 Legacy due to wiring problems

The problems accompanying the 2010 Subaru Legacy and Outback aren’t over, according to the National Highway Safety Administration.

A few months after being recalled for a flawed CVT cooler hose that could potentially crack or split, Subaru has issued another recall for their two models, with this latest issue being a wiring problem in the steering column behind the vehicle’s steering wheel that could develop stress cracks and, in turn, lead to an eventual break. This break could end up shutting down a number of the vehicle’s electrical components, including the cruise and radio controls, paddle shifters, and car horn, in the process.

All in all, over 74,000 models of both the 2010 Outback SUV and the Legacy sedan built between February 16, 2009 and April 12, 2010 are being subjected to the recall.

Owners of the said models are now being requested to get in contact with any of their local Subaru dealerships so in the event their vehicles are covered in the recall, the dealerships can take action and replace any of the defective parts at no cost.

It’s not the kind of news Subaru – or any other automaker – is looking to be attached to, but now that it is, it’s good to know that they’re making the effort in fixing the problem before the situation gets any worse.

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