Subaru Will Roll Out Hybrid by 2012

SubaruHybrid Subaru is already plotting how it will meet the Obama administration’s new fuel standards, and the plan involves the addition of a gas-electric hybrid to the automaker’s lineup.

Ikuo Mori, the president and CEO of Fuji Heavy Industries, which owns Subaru, told the Wall Street Journal that the automaker will use Toyota’s technology to add a hybrid by 2011 or 2012. Toyota owns a 16% stake in Subaru, but the partnership has included minimal exchanges of hybrid technology.

Still, Mori plainly stated that Subaru would “take advantage” of the alliance with Toyota to move forward on the new hybrid. The company will also develop a new diesel engine for several of its models, and the all-electric R1e seems likelier to reach the U.S. as Subaru plans to meet the new emissions rules.

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Ben Miner

Great. Now where's the diesel?

C

Great, R1e. But wait, that's a K-Car, meaning it would not come over here.

cody

since subaru is sticking w/awd for all models, i don't understand why they don't take a different approach. they could electrify the rear axle, using an electric motor to power those wheels and use a smaller boxer-4 to power the front wheels.

the electric motor in the rear could propel the vehicle in city driving, provide traction when needed, and also provide power boosts when faster acceleration is needed. then again..i'm not an engineer.

C

Cody,

The coding for synchronizing the electric powered wheels and gas powered wheels are big issues. It is no easy task, and could fail miserably.

Six

Diesel and engine cutoff technology could get mileage way up without adding the cost of a hybrid. There's enough room for marginal efficiency increases to stay competitive on mileage.

I agree with you cody, it will fail miserably. Did not know that Toyota own 16% of subaru. Thanks for info

This doesn't surprise me. Subaru has always appealed to left-leaning, outdoorsy types, so this hybrid sounds like a perfect fit for their customers. Good luck to them.

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Andiamo

From what I've read on the Subaru diesel, it really didn't get that great of reviews. Although the longitudinal layout of the Suby engines, I would think integrating an electric motor would be fairly straight forward to do.

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I have seen allot of people make an effort to discus and write about this subject...and i have seen a lot of failures...but you have hit the nail on the HEAD....I agree totally and am looking forward to your view on other subjects

I think its an amazing news. We all want out planet to be green and i think its an major step.

Well the hybrid version of the car will certainly be the most talked about cars in 2012. I hope the Subaru's Diesel engines makes wonders in the automobile industry!

I think this is the way to the future with the way we are consuming our natural resources.

Hybrid are getting more and more popular now days with the amount of fuel pricing going up. I am sure this is going to be the alternative.

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Toyota’s technology to add a hybrid by 2011 or 2012. Toyota owns a 16% stake in Subaru, but the partnership has included minimal exchanges of hybrid technology.

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