• Sign in to follow this  
    Followers 0

    Subaru's Tokyo Motor Show Debuts Include Impreza and Crossover Concepts


    • Subaru shows what the future holds for them at the Tokyo Motor Show


    Subaru's booth at the Tokyo Motor Show has two concepts that will give us an idea of what the brand has in store for the future.

     

    First up is the Impreza 5-Door concept. Subaru is keeping quiet for the most part on this concept by only releasing some stylish renders and saying this will be the first model to debut a new modular platform for the company.

     

    Second is the Viziv Future Concept which gives a preview into what could be coming down the line in terms of powertrain and safety. The vehicle boasts a hybrid powertrain with turbocharged four-cylinder and an electric motor on the rear axle provides all-wheel drive. Also, the Viziv has an intelligent traffic communications system that allows to communicate with other vehicles and the surrounding infrastructure to prevent accidents and traffic jams, along with automated parking.

     

    Source: Subaru

     

     

     

    Press Release is on Page 2


     

    Subaru Exhibition Outline of the 44th Tokyo Motor Show 2015

     

    Tokyo, October 7, 2015 – Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the manufacturer of Subaru automobiles, will unveil two new concept cars at the 44th Tokyo Motor Show 2015 (Press Days: October 28 and 29; General Public: October 30 to November 8. ) The Company also plans to exhibit four new production models scheduled to be announced on October 28, and four other models for a total of ten models being shown.

     

    "New Subaru Story" is the theme of this year's booth. By providing automobiles that can be used with "enjoyment and peace of mind", Subaru wants to be broaden the activity realm of customers, becoming the occasion for a new story. At this year's show, the "Subaru Life Theater" will use five large screens to portray the worldview of "enjoyment and peace of mind" provided by Subaru.

     

    Among the products on display will be two concept models in their world premieres, the "Subaru VIZIV Future Concept",*1 giving substance to Subaru's future vision by incorporating automatic driving functions and other advanced safety technology, and the "Impreza 5-Door Concept", a design study model of the next-generation Impreza.

     

    Visitors will also be able to see the "SporVita Series", special editions of the WRX S4 and Legacy B4 with high-quality interior space; the "S207", an STI*2 complete car based on the WRX STI; and upgraded editions of the Forester and Subaru XV, for a well-rounded experience of the "enjoyment and peace of mind" Subaru vehicles offer.

     

    The press briefing will be given by FHI President Yasuyuki Yoshinaga on Wednesday, October 28 starting from 1:45 p.m. at the Subaru booth in the East Exhibition Hall, and will be streamed live on SUBARU-USTREAM(http://ustream.tv/channel/SUBARU-USTREAM).*3
    The official Subaru website (http://www.subaru-global.com/2015tokyo.html) will feature information on the Subaru booth.

     

    *1. VIZIV is a name derived from Vision for Innovation.
    *2. Subaru Tecnica International Inc. (President: Yoshio Hirakawa; Mitaka, Tokyo)
    *3. Ustream is a live streaming service operated by Ustream Asia Inc.

     

    Description of Main Exhibits

     

    Subaru VIZIV Future Concept (world premiere)
    Subaru VIZIV Future Concept is a SUV-type concept model embodying the future vision of car development for “enjoyment and peace of mind” that Subaru wants to provide to customers. Along with a package of design features that motivate the owner to get out and get active, this car gives a look at next-generation technologies that will further enhance the reputation of Subaru for “enjoyment and peace of mind” in driving. Among them are the automatic driving technology resulting from the ongoing evolution of EyeSight, and the power unit combining a downsized turbo engine with a hybrid system. Subaru remains focused on providing cars that enrich the lives of customers, as the start of an exciting new chapter. The Subaru VIZIV Future Concept gives a glimpse at the future Subaru has in mind for the brand.

     

    1. Design

     

    The design concept is “Subaru & Active Life”. Giving concrete form to the Subaru Dynamic & Solid design theme, the design clearly shows the value of “enjoyment and peace of mind”, while generating the urge to go out and actively discover the wide world.

     

    Exterior

    • The body as a three-dimensional solid form is given a clear polished surface enhancing the impression of high density and sturdiness. This design along with the powerfully extended fenders expressing the reliability of Subaru All-Wheel Drive (AWD) evoke the safety, enjoyment, and peace of mind of Subaru.
    • A true SUV style is expressed throughout, by the strong motifs starting from the hexagonal grill that symbolizes the Subaru identity and flowing to the sides and then ascending to the rear pillar, as well as by the dynamic and wide bumper motif.


    Interior

    • The interior design heightens peace of mind and the anticipation of driving, by means of a dynamic motif spreading out symmetrically from the cutting-edge interface between the center and powerful frame.
    • An active life style is evoked by the beige and black contrast along with the use of orange as a unified accent color inside and out, creating a sporty and joyful space.
    • A camera for monitoring the driver is located on the instrument panel glare shield, further adding to peace of mind when driving.


    2. Mechanisms

     

    Advanced safety / human-machine interface (HMI) / telematics

     

    “Enjoyment and peace of mind” have been expanded by making advancements to EyeSight, Subaru’s original stereo camera-using technology, and by merging the linking technologies like vehicle-to-external communications and telematics. Element technologies have been incorporated that will lead to development of automatic driving worthy of Subaru.

     

    1) Combining the advanced front recognition of EyeSight with all-direction radar sensing, the traffic environment around the vehicle and risk from all sides are monitored. In addition, high-accuracy GPS and map data are used to pinpoint the vehicle location with high precision; and optimum control is applied based on curves, lane lines, and other information about the route ahead. Thanks to these technologies, not only is collision avoidance realized during straight-ahead movement, but avoidance of collision in all directions, with vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians, when turning at intersections or when backing up, is also enhanced. Automatic driving is realized at all speeds on expressways, and automatic parking is supported at home or in commercial facilities’ parking lots.

     

    2) The adoption of technological advances in telematics and HMI enables anticipation of traffic, weather, and other conditions along the route ahead, as well as effective communication of intentions with people and vehicles. Communication of information supporting the customer’s hobbies and other aspects of an active life is another feature of automatic driving that imparts driving peace of mind while making car life more interesting.

     

    Power unit

     

    (a) Next-generation hybrid system
    The next-generation hybrid system has advanced every aspect of the system first launched on the market with the Subaru XV Hybrid. The combination with a downsized turbo engine improves fuel efficiency, while at the same time the smooth, linear feel when accelerating brings driving enjoyment.

     

    (b) Next-generation downsized direct-injection turbo engine
    The downsized turbo engine adopted by Subaru for the first time in the Levorg has been further advanced, and optimized in all dimensions specifically for the next generation of cars. Compact size, light weight, and net thermal efficiency that is top in the segment raise to a new level the ability of Subaru to combine enjoyable driving with fuel efficiency.

     

    © Symmetrical motor AWD
    The propeller shaft has been eliminated by mounting the single motor concentrically on the rear axle in a compact layout. In addition to AWD capabilities, a flat floor is realized for an expansive, comfortable interior space. Moreover, it inherits the Subaru AWD performance while further improving maneuverability, thanks to the vectoring effect of actively controlling front/rear driving force distribution.

     

    Impreza 5-Door Concept (world premiere)

     

    The Impreza 5-Door Concept is a 5-door style concept model. It takes its inspiration from the design of the next-generation Impreza envisaged in FHI’s Mid-Term Management Vision “Prominence 2020,” announced in May 2014, as the first Subaru new-generation model.

     

    The Dynamic & Solid theme will be featured more prominently in new-generation models as the essence of Subaru. Adopting that theme as core, the design of this concept model expresses value exceeding its class, from the dynamically sporty feel that heightens the anticipation of driving, essential in Subaru design, to the solid performance functions that heighten the sense of innovation and peace of mind.

    0


      Report Article
    Sign in to follow this  
    Followers 0


    User Feedback


    I like the look of the concept, but not a fan of the blind spots all CUVs seem to be getting in the rear. I will say that I am loving the sky roofs. They rock. :)

    0

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    I think it was C&D that I was looking over yesterday and they named the Impreza but showed a picture of that Viziv and I was super confused how they were changing the whole basic "theme" or "class" of the Impreza nameplate. I guess they just had it mislabeled.

     

    Anyway, I think the little Viziv looks pretty sharp for a smaller CUV/SUV. I don't know if they are a thing that would make it to production but I think those school bus yellow accents look pretty sharp but not overdone either. ..Am I seeing it correct..it only has three doors? 2 on the driver side and 1 on the passenger side?

    0

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites


    Your content will need to be approved by a moderator

    Guest
    You are commenting as a guest. If you have an account, please sign in.
    Add a comment...

    ×   You have pasted content with formatting.   Remove formatting

    ×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

    Loading...



  • Popular Stories

  • Today's Birthdays

    1. zoomtm
      zoomtm
      (27 years old)
  • Similar Content

    • By William Maley
      SUBARU OF AMERICA, INC. SMASHES SALES RECORD: AUGUST 2016 BEST SALES MONTH EVER
      August 2016 marks best-ever sales month in company history Record August - monthly sales increase 14.7 percent over August 2015 57 consecutive months of month-over-month growth Best August ever for Outback, Legacy and Forester Best month ever for Outback and Forester 30 consecutive months of more than 10,000 Outbacks sold 37 consecutive months of more than 10,000 Foresters sold Cherry Hill, N.J. -  Subaru of America, Inc. today reported 60,418 vehicle sales for August 2016, a 14.7 percent increase over August 2015 sales of 52,697. August marks the best-ever sales month in company history, breaking the previous record set in December 2015 (56,274). The company also reported year-to-date sales of 391,969 vehicles, a 4.4 percent gain over the same period in 2015.
      August marked the 30th consecutive month of 40,000+ vehicle sales for the company. Outback, Legacy and Forester sales were notably strong as each carline achieved its best August ever. Outback posted a 56.2 percent increase, Legacy posted a 35.5 percent increase, while Forester posted a 11.9 percent sales increase in August. Outback and Forester also enjoyed new all-time monthly sales records.
       
      “August 2016 will always be remembered as a ‘Month for the Ages’ because it is the first time our franchise exceeded sales of 60,000 vehicles in a month,” said Thomas J. Doll, President and COO of Subaru of America, Inc. “These epic results show what our franchise is capable of achieving and is the outcome of the dedicated efforts of our retailers who made these record-setting sales possible.”
       
      “The Subaru of America team is thrilled to set an all-time sales record in the month of August. It is an exciting accomplishment and we’re looking forward to continued success over the remaining months of this year,” said Jeff Walters, senior vice president of sales. “Our retailers continue to sell at high levels of efficiency and we are grateful for their outstanding efforts,” Walters continued.
      Carline Aug-16 Aug-15 % Chg Aug-16 Aug-15 % Chg   MTD MTD MTD YTD YTD YTD Forester 19,658 17,565 11.9% 114,769 114,204 0.5% Impreza 5,319 7,074 -24.8% 40,284 44,907 -10.3% WRX/STI 3,194 3,367 -5.1% 22,488 22,118 1.7% Legacy 5,800 4,281 35.5% 41,369 37,954 9.0% Outback 17,358 11,113 56.2% 109,448 93,293 17.3% BRZ 302 498 -39.4% 3,062 3,832 -20.1% Crosstrek 8,787 8,799 -0.1% 60,549 59,324 2.1% TOTAL 60,418 52,697 14.7% 391,969 375,632 4.4%
    • By William Maley
      Subaru's green credentials aren't the best as it only sells one hybrid in the U.S. (XV Crosstrek Hybrid) and one in Japan (Impreza Sport Hybrid). But that could be changing in 2021.
       
      Japanese newspaper Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun reports that Subaru plans on launching an electric crossover in the U.S. by 2021. This crossover is expected to use Subaru's new modular platform that was revealed earlier this year. The report doesn't say anything about power or possible range, nor does it say how it got this information.
       
      When asked by Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun, Fuji Heavy spokesman Masato Saito said the company hasn't made any decision on introducing an electric vehicle. Saito went on to say that if Subaru did go forward with an EV, it would likely target the North American marketplace.
       
      Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required), Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun
    • By William Maley
      Subaru of America, Inc. Reports Record July Sales   CHERRY HILL, N.J., Aug. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --  Record July - monthly sales increase 3.1 percent over July 2015 56 consecutive months of month-over-month growth Best July ever for Legacy and Outback 29 consecutive months of more than 10,000 Outbacks sold 36 consecutive months of more than 10,000 Foresters sold Subaru of America, Inc. today reported record July 2016 sales of 52,093 vehicles, a 3.1 percent gain over the same month a year ago. The company also reported year-to-date sales of 331,551 vehicles, a 2.7 percent gain over the same period in 2015.   July marked the 29th consecutive month of 40,000+ vehicle sales for the company. Legacy and Outback sales were notably strong as each carline achieved its best July ever.   "Subaru is pleased to be celebrating another sales record," said Thomas J. Doll, president and chief operating officer, Subaru of America, Inc. "These milestones are the result of the dedication and commitment of our retailers who passionately serve the needs of our customers. 2016 looks set to be our eighth year of consecutive sales records, with more new product yet to come."    "With several 2017 models – including Legacy and Outback – now arriving at retailer show rooms, we expect sales to continue to grow throughout the remainder of the year," said Jeff Walters, senior vice president of sales, Subaru of America, Inc. "At our current pace, selling over 600,000 vehicles in 2016 is certainly within reach."   Also in July, Subaru Outback, Forester, and Crosstrek won their segments in the Crossover SUV categories for the 2016 AutoPacific Ideal Vehicle Awards. These awards, based on customer responses, recognize vehicles that best meet the expectations of their owners. Both Outback and Forester won their segments for the second year in a row.  
      Carline
      Jul-16
      Jul-15
      % Chg
      Jul-16
      Jul-15
      % Chg
        MTD
      MTD
      MTD
      YTD
      YTD
      YTD
      Forester
      14,856
      15,811
      -6.0%
      95,111
      96,639
      -1.6%
      Impreza
      5,200
      6,527
      -20.3%
      34,965
      37,833
      -7.6%
      WRX/STI
      3,288
      3,716
      -11.5%
      19,294
      18,751
      2.9%
      Legacy
      5,212
      4,500
      15.8%
      35,569
      33,673
      5.6%
      Outback
      14,704
      10,863
      35.4%
      92,090
      82,180
      12.1%
      BRZ
      353
      525
      -32.8%
      2,760
      3,334
      -17.2%
      Crosstrek
      8,480
      8,575
      -1.1%
      51,762
      50,525
      2.5%
      TOTAL
      52,093
      50,517
      3.1%
      331,551
      322,935
      2.7%
       
    • By William Maley
      Like it or not, crossovers are dominating the automotive landscape. This is nowhere more apparent than the compact crossover class as it seems a month doesn’t go by without a new model, redesign, or refresh being announced. Case in point is the vehicle seen here, the 2016 Subaru Forester. Just a few weeks after we drove it, Subaru announced mid-cycle refresh which brings a slightly revised exterior, new interior bits, and an upgraded EyeSight system. Now is that going to stop us from reviewing the 2016 model? No. Here is what we thought of the pre-refreshed Forester.
       
      In the spectrum of crossover design, the Forester would be at the boring end. This is a model that doesn’t have any hint of style. It is just a box on wheels. There is a positive to this shape as it gives the Forester a large area of glass. Not only does this improve overall visibility, it also makes the interior feel quite airy and huge.
       
      Speaking of which, the Forester’s interior is one of the most spacious in the class. No matter if you’re sitting in the front or back, you’ll have plenty of head and legroom. The seats themselves provide the right the amount of comfort and support for long trips. Cargo space is towards the top with 31.5 cubic feet with the rear seat up and 68.5 cubic feet with the rear seat down. It should be noted models without the panoramic sunroof have a larger cargo area - 34.4/74.7 cubic feet.
       
      As for the dash, it is similar to the one you’ll find in the Impreza and XV Crosstrek. On the one hand, it is very simple with a logical control layout. On the other hand, Subaru’s choice in materials is slightly disappointing with a fair amount of hard plastics on the dash and door panels. All models feature Subaru’s Starlink infotainment system that comes with either a 6.5-inch or 7-inch screen. Our tester came with latter via an option package. Starlink is one of the better infotainment systems in the marketplace with a simple interface, quick performance, and touch buttons that actually respond on a consistent basis.
       
      Most Foresters will feature the engine found in our tester; a 2.5L boxer-four with 170 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual is standard on the base model, but most Foresters will come equipped with a CVT. Around town, the 2.5 provides a decent amount of power. We do wish the responsiveness of the engine was a little bit better, but that could be fixed with some tweaks to the CVT. On the freeway, the Forester does take its time to get up to speed. Again, this is likely due to the CVT needing some tweaking. At least the CVT does help with fuel economy. The EPA rates the Forester 2.5i with the CVT at 24 City/32 Highway/27 Combined. Our average for the week landed around 27 MPG.
       
      For the daily grind, the Forester’s suspension delivers a smooth and cushy ride. Another plus is how much quieter Subaru has been making their vehicles. Compared to previous Subarus we have driven, the Forester has a noticeable decrease in road and wind noise. Handling can be described as meh. The Forester does show good body control when going around corners, but the steering feels somewhat rubbery. For most people, this isn’t a deal breaker.
       
      The Forester may not be the sharpest looking compact crossover in the class. But it does have a number of traits that buyers will find as positives such as a spacious interior, high fuel economy figures, all-wheel drive as standard equipment, and Subaru’s excellent EyeSight system that brings lane departure warning, pre-collision braking, and adaptive cruise control that is available on models such as the Premium.
       
      A competent crossover that goes about its business without shouting about it, the Forester in a nutshell.
       

      Album: Quick Drive: 2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium
      10 images 0 comments
       
      Disclaimer: Subaru Provided the Forester, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas
       
      Year: 2016
      Make: Subaru
      Model: Forester
      Trim: 2.5i Premium
      Engine: 2.5L Boxer-Four
      Driveline: CVT, All-Wheel Drive
      Horsepower @ RPM: 170 @ 5,800
      Torque @ RPM: 174 @ 4,100
      Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 24/32/27
      Curb Weight: 3,391 lbs
      Location of Manufacture: Ōta, Gunma Japan
      Base Price: $24,795
      As Tested Price: $28,540 (Includes $850.00 Destination Charge)
       
      Options:
      All-Weather Package - $1,895
      Lineartronic CVT - $1,000


      Click here to view the article
    • By William Maley
      Like it or not, crossovers are dominating the automotive landscape. This is nowhere more apparent than the compact crossover class as it seems a month doesn’t go by without a new model, redesign, or refresh being announced. Case in point is the vehicle seen here, the 2016 Subaru Forester. Just a few weeks after we drove it, Subaru announced mid-cycle refresh which brings a slightly revised exterior, new interior bits, and an upgraded EyeSight system. Now is that going to stop us from reviewing the 2016 model? No. Here is what we thought of the pre-refreshed Forester.
       
      In the spectrum of crossover design, the Forester would be at the boring end. This is a model that doesn’t have any hint of style. It is just a box on wheels. There is a positive to this shape as it gives the Forester a large area of glass. Not only does this improve overall visibility, it also makes the interior feel quite airy and huge.
       
      Speaking of which, the Forester’s interior is one of the most spacious in the class. No matter if you’re sitting in the front or back, you’ll have plenty of head and legroom. The seats themselves provide the right the amount of comfort and support for long trips. Cargo space is towards the top with 31.5 cubic feet with the rear seat up and 68.5 cubic feet with the rear seat down. It should be noted models without the panoramic sunroof have a larger cargo area - 34.4/74.7 cubic feet.
       
      As for the dash, it is similar to the one you’ll find in the Impreza and XV Crosstrek. On the one hand, it is very simple with a logical control layout. On the other hand, Subaru’s choice in materials is slightly disappointing with a fair amount of hard plastics on the dash and door panels. All models feature Subaru’s Starlink infotainment system that comes with either a 6.5-inch or 7-inch screen. Our tester came with latter via an option package. Starlink is one of the better infotainment systems in the marketplace with a simple interface, quick performance, and touch buttons that actually respond on a consistent basis.
       
      Most Foresters will feature the engine found in our tester; a 2.5L boxer-four with 170 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual is standard on the base model, but most Foresters will come equipped with a CVT. Around town, the 2.5 provides a decent amount of power. We do wish the responsiveness of the engine was a little bit better, but that could be fixed with some tweaks to the CVT. On the freeway, the Forester does take its time to get up to speed. Again, this is likely due to the CVT needing some tweaking. At least the CVT does help with fuel economy. The EPA rates the Forester 2.5i with the CVT at 24 City/32 Highway/27 Combined. Our average for the week landed around 27 MPG.
       
      For the daily grind, the Forester’s suspension delivers a smooth and cushy ride. Another plus is how much quieter Subaru has been making their vehicles. Compared to previous Subarus we have driven, the Forester has a noticeable decrease in road and wind noise. Handling can be described as meh. The Forester does show good body control when going around corners, but the steering feels somewhat rubbery. For most people, this isn’t a deal breaker.
       
      The Forester may not be the sharpest looking compact crossover in the class. But it does have a number of traits that buyers will find as positives such as a spacious interior, high fuel economy figures, all-wheel drive as standard equipment, and Subaru’s excellent EyeSight system that brings lane departure warning, pre-collision braking, and adaptive cruise control that is available on models such as the Premium.
       
      A competent crossover that goes about its business without shouting about it, the Forester in a nutshell.
       

       
      Disclaimer: Subaru Provided the Forester, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas
       
      Year: 2016
      Make: Subaru
      Model: Forester
      Trim: 2.5i Premium
      Engine: 2.5L Boxer-Four
      Driveline: CVT, All-Wheel Drive
      Horsepower @ RPM: 170 @ 5,800
      Torque @ RPM: 174 @ 4,100
      Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 24/32/27
      Curb Weight: 3,391 lbs
      Location of Manufacture: Ōta, Gunma Japan
      Base Price: $24,795
      As Tested Price: $28,540 (Includes $850.00 Destination Charge)
       
      Options:
      All-Weather Package - $1,895
      Lineartronic CVT - $1,000
  • Recent Status Updates

  • Who's Online (See full list)

    There are no registered users currently online