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Subaru Debates Which Design Approach to Go With Seven-Seat Crossover

Mar 25 2015 04:15 PM | Subaru News
Subaru is planning a new seven-seat crossover for the U.S. marketplace that will be out in the next couple of years. But there is one problem the company is dealing with at the moment: should we go with a Forester-inspired or Outback-inspired look?

"How can we differentiate the position of our product? That is the fundamental strategy," said " said Nobuhiko Murakami, senior vice president of global marketing for Subaru's parent company Fuji Heavy Industries.

Both options have advantages: the Forester is easily-recognizable as a crossover, while the Outback has the rugged, off-road look. The one option Subaru will be avoiding is the Tribeca - the automaker's first attempt at a seven-seat crossover. The odd looks made...

Rumorpile: End of the Line For Subaru's Six-Cylinder Engine?

Dec 23 2014 09:35 AM | Subaru News
Subaru might be the next automaker to follow the downsizing trend. Speaking with Australian outlet CarAdvice.com.au, Yoichi Hori, Subaru's deputy general manager engineering department mentioned the possibility of dropping their six-cylinder engine - used in the Legacy and Outback models - and replacing it with a turbocharged four-cylinder.

“Our research said the six-cylinder model is decreasing in the world. So that’s why probably the future, many companies take the smaller displacement with a turbocharger, or diesel, or hybrid," said Hori.

As for a possible engine size, Hori mentioned that a 2.0L would be just right.

“In terms of the body size, a 2.0-litre with a turbocharger is enough, I think.”

Rumorpile: Subaru BRZ A One Hit Wonder?

Jun 23 2014 09:45 AM | Subaru News
Toyota and Subaru's partnership on the GT 86/Scion FR-S/BRZ is well known, but it could be a one time thing. Toyota has turned to BMW for help on a new flagship sports car, rumored to be a spiritual successor to the Supra. Because of this, the speculation has been flowing of whether this partnership could expand to other sports cars.

Drive.com.au had the chance to speak with Tetsuya Tada, the chief engineer for the GT 86 family. Tada said the next-generation GT 86 could be part of the BMW partnership. However when asked if Subaru will be a part of this, Tada said "Maybe, but this is not decided at the moment."

When asked if BMW could take the place of Subaru in the partnership, Tada said "That is one possibility."

Subaru WRX Hatchback? Yeah, It Isn't Happening

Apr 23 2014 07:15 AM | William Maley in Subaru News

Earlier this month, we reported in the rumorpile that Subaru was possibly reconsidering bringing back the WRX hatchback.   “We have received strong interest from the US, where the hatchback was 50 per cent (of previous-generation WRX sales),...

Rumorpile: Subaru Reconsiders The WRX Hatchback

Apr 05 2014 09:15 AM | William Maley in Subaru News

The biggest complaint laid before the 2015 Subaru WRX aside from the styling is the lack of a hatchback. This is a bit odd since the last-generation WRX hatchback made up 50 percent of sales in the U.S. But a new report says Subaru is reconsidering thi...

Rumorpile: Subaru Has Some Engine Changes Coming For The Legacy

Feb 13 2014 01:25 PM | William Maley in Subaru News

Despite just showing off the new 2015 Legacy at the Chicago Auto Show, Subaru has some changes incoming. Car & Driver reports that the automaker is working on a replacement on 3.6L flat-six that will appear the mid-cycle refresh, most likely happen...

What Is Happening Between Subaru and Toyota? Subaru's Chief Says No To Convertible

Nov 22 2013 08:35 AM | William Maley in Subaru News

William Maley Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com November 22, 2013   If you ever wanted to see a case of mixed messages in the automotive world, let us introduce you to the mess with Toyota and Subaru over the GT86 Convertible. Automotive News spok...

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