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Subaru won’t use Toyota tech for hybrids – Mid Hudson Subaru

Subaru will be going it alone on its first hybrid-powered vehicles, a new report finds. It was thought that Subaru would lean on corporate partner Toyota for its hybrid technology, but a Subaru executive says that will not be the case.

Toyota purchased an 8.7 percent stake in Subaru back in 2005, which was expected to lay the groundwork for a hybrid partnership between the two. However, an un-named Subaru executive has revealed to just-auto that the company will not be borrowing Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive technology.

Instead, Subaru engineers will develop their own hybrid system. Unlike Toyota’s HSD, Subaru’s system will be based on a mild system like those used by Hondaand General Motors. Although that means Subaru’s hybrid vehicles won’t be able to operate in electric only mode, they will use a small electric motor to aid in vehicle acceleration which will boost overall fuel economy.

Subaru’s hybrid technology will likely bow in 2013 in the company’s Legacy model. The hybrid Legacy is expected to first launch in Japan, but Subaru has plans to quickly bring the green technology to the United States. It remains unclear, though, if Subaru’s first hybrid application for the U.S. would be the Legacy or another vehicle like the Forester crossover. Whatever the case, look for Subaru’s first hybrid to retain the company’s signature boxer engine and all-wheel drive.

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2012 Subaru Advanced Tourer Concept news, pictures, and information – Mid Hudson Subaru

2012 Subaru Advanced Tourer Concept Image

1. Concept
Exquisitely balancing the enjoyment of driving wîth environmental friendliness, the car, under its product concept of ‘Revolutionary Sports Tourer’, embodies Subaru’s theme of ‘Confidence in Motion’. This C-§egmènt class car was developed as a new-generation sports wagon providing both superior driving performance and utility. It features an innovative exterior design not found in conventional wagon models and expert wagon utility Subaru has cultivated over the years.

The well established sports power unit, the Horizontally-Opposed Subaru Boxer engine, is now wîth direct fuel injection. This highlight mixed wîth Subaru’s downsizing concept and original Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) expertise has enabled Subaru to make considerate progress on its unique Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD) technology. An even sportier drivability and advanced environmental friendliness are both attainable in this new conceptcar.

2. Design and Packaging
Exterior Design
• Subaru’s brand statement ‘Confidence in Motion’ is portrayed in the outward design as well. The dynamic yet sleek look promises an enthusiastic drive, while the cabin offers all the usability of a C-§egmènt wagon.
• A flowing line on the side surfaces augments the stylish design calling to mind a coupe style car.

Interior Design
• In pursuit of Subaru’s human-centered philosophy, all passengers are assured a safe and pleasant ride in a comfortable and quality interior.
• An entire roof made of glass adds to the spacious feel. Various textures such as wood and metal are incorporated into the inside layout to produce ample ambiance.
• A large monitor is built into the §teering wheel allowing access to maps, television and internet services.
Information will be available at hand to support contemporary lifestyles even in the car.

3. Mechanisms
(1) Next-Generation Power Únit System
– Downsized direct fuel injection turbo engine –
• The downsized direct fuel injection turbo engine is one of the principal technologies that will guide Subaru’s engine strategy in the future. Not only is acceleration quick and smooth wîth the new-generation Horizontally-Opposed engine, it is environmentally friendly. The direct fuel injection system which injects necessary amounts of fuel into the cylinders at appropriate moments, and a turbo system which efficiently supplies large amounts of air into the cylinders, along wîth the downsizing of current turbo engine displacements (2,500cc and 2,000cc) to 1,600cc drastically improve combustion efficiency at practical driving-speed range compared to the existing turbo engine.

Vital Stats
Engine : 1.6 L., 4-cylinder

– High torque compatible Lineartronic (CVT) –
• Lineartronic is Subaru’s continuously variable transmission device designed for the new era. It is the world’s first longitudinally-mounted chain drive CVT to be utilized in mass-produced AWD passenger cars. For the concept car, the Lineartronic was refined to satisfy the high-power output turbo engine.

– Hybrid system –
• Subaru’s original hybrid system has been developed to harmonize wîth the Symmetrical AWD
technology, another one of its specialties, and to further enhance its appeal. A single motor system was employed for its simple structure and light weight.
• This system has an Electric Vehicle (EV) mode which allows AWD motion using only the motor at start-ups and low-speed drives. When decelerating, the regenerating mechanism uses the motor as a power generator.

(2) EyeSight
Subaru’s advanced driving assist system EyeSight (Version 2), well received since its release in May 2010, has made further progress. The recognition range of the stereo camera has expanded considerably, both in width and depth.

Length x Width x Height: 4,580 x 1,840 x 1,430mm
Engine type: 1.6 liter Horizontally-Opposed direct fuel injection turbo engine
Transmission type: High torque compatible Lineartronic
Drive train: Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive wîth hybrid system
Battery type: Lithium-ion battery

Is this the new Subaru Legacy? – Mid Hudson Subaru

 

Say moshimoshi to Subaru’s Advanced Tourer Concept, which is getting unveiled at the 2011 Tokyo motor show alongside the long-awaited BRZ coupe.
And, according the chaps in Ōta, the hybrid boxer-engined show car’s giving us a ruddy good insight into the replacement for the hoary but marvellous Legacy. It’s strikingly similar proportions suggest plenty of truth in the claim, too. This is a Very Good Thing.

See more pics of the Subaru Advanced Tourer Concept

Just look at it! A GT-R-like rear shrug, a cool wobbly spoiler and gently Art Deco wood banding. But we also discovered that there’s some interesting tech on board, chiefly the downsized boxer engine.

As well as being shackled to a single electric motor, the petrol’s been downsized and now uses direct fuel injection. It’s also got a high-pressure turbocharger, which Subaru reckons will allow the current crop of 2.5 and 2.0-litre engines to shrink to an awfully small 1600cc. No official figures have crept out, but engineers reckon it can be tuned to rub shoulders with the 262bhp 2.5-litre turbo once the boost from its hybrid’s accounted for. Not bad.

The bad bit is that the Advanced Tourer’s blown 1.6 runs through one of those Lineartronic CVT transmissions. On the plus side – and as you’d expect from Subaru – it powers all four wheels.

There is, of course, lots of pie-in-the-sky tech flagellation. The main offender’s a digital monitor built into the steering wheel that display maps, TV and internet services. Which sounds tremendously dangerous. To make up for it, it incorporates Subaru’s new EyeSight crash avoidance system – two cameras mounted above the rear-view mirror monitor traffic conditions and detect pedestrians and cyclists. Safe.

We’ll have to wait till November 30 for more details.

Subaru won’t use Toyota technology for hybrids – Mid Hudson Subaru

Subaru will be going it alone on its first hybrid-powered vehicles, a new report finds. It was thought that Subaru would lean on corporate partner Toyota for its hybrid technology, but a Subaru executive says that will not be the case.

Toyota purchased an 8.7 percent stake in Subaru back in 2005, which was expected to lay the groundwork for a hybrid partnership between the two. However, an un-named Subaru executive has revealed to just-auto that the company will not be borrowing Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive technology.

Instead, Subaru engineers will develop their own hybrid system. Unlike Toyota’s HSD, Subaru’s system will be based on a mild system like those used by Honda and General Motors. Although that means Subaru’s hybrid vehicles won’t be able to operate in electric only mode, they will use a small electric motor to aid in vehicle acceleration which will boost overall fuel economy.

Subaru’s hybrid technology will likely bow in 2013 in the company’s Legacy model. The hybrid Legacy is expected to first launch in Japan, but Subaru has plans to quickly bring the green technology to the United States. It remains unclear, though, if Subaru’s first hybrid application for the U.S. would be the Legacy or another vehicle like the Forester crossover. Whatever the case, look for Subaru’s first hybrid to retain the company’s signature boxer engine and all-wheel drive.

Subaru 2012 XV crossover – Mid Hudson Subaru – Subaru Hybrid ?

Subaru XV teaserSubaru sure does have some big plans for this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. Not only is it showing a “technology concept” to preview the BRZ rear-drive coupe it’s developing withToyota, but the Japanese automaker is also set to unveil the XV crossover there, as well.

Previewed by the XV concept unveiled in Shanghai a few months ago and the rudimentary sketch from earlier in August, the new crossover is essentially a high-riding Impreza that’s a further extension of the Outback Sport. Considering how imprezive that vehicle can be – particularly in WRX or STi trim – that could prove a good thing. We’ll reserve judgement until the vehicle’s unveiling, but in the meantime Fuji Heavy has hit us with the teaser image above to keep our interests piqued.

 

 

 

 

Subaru’s 5-year plan – Hybrid & 2-WD – Mid Hudson Subaru

Subaru, which sold a record 264,000 vehicles in the United States last year, aims to boost North American sales 24 percent to 380,000 units in the next five years under a new mid-term business plan that focuses on the United States and China.

The brand sees sales rising 37 percent to 900,000 units globally by the fiscal year ending 2016, from 657,000 units in this fiscal, parent company Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. said today while announcing its “Motion-V” mid-term plan.

The five-year plans calls for Subaru to improve the fuel efficiency of its lineup by 30 percent as it introduces four new vehicles, including its first gasoline-electric hybrid in 2013.

New models, cost cuts

One of the new models, scheduled to arrive next year, will be the rear-wheel-drive sporty car developed jointly with Toyota.

The Subaru plan targets a 20 percent reduction in costs when developing new cars.

Another goal: becoming “the world’s leading brand in safety performance” by pioneering risk-avoidance technologies, collision safety systems and pre-crash safety features.

Subaru wants global sales to more than double, to 1 million vehicles in the next 10 years.In addition to increasing North American sales 24 percent in the next five years, Subaru aims nearly to triple business in China, the world’s largest auto market, to 180,000 units, in that time.

Like many Japanese carmakers, Fuji Heavy is bracing for falling profits this year because of the March 11 earthquake in Japan that hammered the supply chain and interrupted production.

Still, as part of its five-year plan, Subaru is targeting an expansion in operating profits of $1.50 billion, with an operating profit margin of 6 percent.

During that period, Fuji Heavy said it plans to spend $3.12 billion) on r&d and invest $4.12 billion in capital improvements.To expand sales in fast growing markets, Fuji Heavy said it will begin production in China and start kit assembly of its vehicles in Malaysia to break into the ASEAN free trade zone.