Subaru has unveiled its first hybrid vehicle at the 2013 New York International Auto Show. The vehicle is based on Subaru's popular XV Crosstrek crossover SUV that was introduced in 2013. The new hybrid version will launch in Q4 2013 as a 2014 model.
The WRX is arguably Subaru's most popular car ever, so it makes sense that the company would be addressing the model during the New York Auto Show this week, and indeed they did. Subaru unveiled the WRX concept, which is a completely new design for the WRX series, and while the overall shape of the car looks rather chunky (especially from the side view), we have to see it's mighty sleek.
Thanks to a remote starter glitch, Subaru is recalling 47,419 of its vehicles over an issue that results in the cars starting up by themselves. According to documents filed with the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the recall affects some Legacy and Outback cars from 2010 through 2013, Impreza sedans from 2012 and 2013, and XV Crosstrek crossovers from 2013.
Not only did Lexus earn top slot in Consumer Reports' annual Car Brand Report Cards, but it achieved a 100-percent recommendation across all its vehicles that were tested. Said Consumer Reports' Director of Automotive Testing Jake Fisher, "That is quite a feat for a brand whose cars are brimming with technology including impressive hybrid drivetrains and complicated infotainment systems."
When it comes to in car connectivity, the big push for automotive manufacturers is to get away from systems that require drivers to take their eyes off the road to voice control. Ford was one of the first companies to offer this type of system with its Sync voice control system that has been available for a number of years. Subaru has now announced at CES 2013 that it has its own in car connectivity system called Starlink.
Car maker Subaru has found itself in the unenviable position of having to recall more than half a million vehicles today. The company is recalling 633,842 vehicles in total, and the models it wants back span quite a large range of years, so there are a significant number of Subaru owners affected here. Apparently, there's a problem with a fuse in an accessory light that could potentially lead to a fire, so Subaru is recalling these vehicles to check the lights and make sure they're good to go.
Each year at the Los Angeles Auto Show, a Design Challenge is held. The Design Challenge is a competition between major automotive manufacturers to design a vehicle based on a specific concept. At this year's Design Challenge six different major automakers offered design concepts for a futuristic 24-hour highway monitoring system for the Highway Patrol.
Subaru Canada has announced something that the sports car fans in the Great White North will really be excited about. Subaru Canada has announced the launch of the 2013 Impreza WRX sports car. The Impreza is a world-renowned all-wheel-drive sports car and very capable rally car designed for driving on roads and very capable of driving on gravel and other surfaces with good handling.
Generally, when we see a recall issued on automobile it's due to some sort of defect. Defects can be anything from battery packs that overheat on electric vehicles leading to the possibility of a fire, to throttle pedals that stick making the cars accelerate accident. Toyota and Subaru have issued a recall on the jointly marketed sports cars, including the Subaru BRZ and the Scion FR-S.
I may come from an American muscle car background, but I have no hate for the small foreign cars. In fact, I race on the road course as often as I can in a Mustang, and anyone will tell you that you can be passed in your 400 whp muscle car by a good driver in a stock Miata. Power covers up poor technique while underpowered momentum cars like the new 2013 Scion FR-S force you to use that technique. There's been a lot of talk about the Scion FR-S and its slightly different sibling from Subaru.