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Subarus have sported standard AWD since the 80s, well before most other automakers even bothered with the technology. That, partnered with its boxer engine, goes together like peanut butter and jelly. But the Japanese automaker has to begin worrying about fuel efficiency and emissions, so the two features that have defined the brand for decades may become optional on future models. Thankfully, it's got Toyota to pilfer from, so the implementation of new drivetrains will be a bit easier if and when it makes the shift. Subaru of Australia Director Nick Senior broke the news of the possible switch, but he also emphasized that any changes wouldn't be made before 2010 and that no product plans are without AWD or the boxer engine in the foreseeable future.
[Source: Go Auto via Straightline]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Here come the Toyota rebadges.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looked at Subaru's last year before buying my Mazda3. Subaru's get crap fuel economy, I took one look at the fuel economy ratings and walked out, no point in even test driving a small car that performs so poorly. Even though I live in snow country, southeast Michigan, AWD does not interest me and Subaru does not presently offer me a choice. So if they had given me a choice of FWD and decent fuel enconomy, maybe I would be driving one of their cars. Choice is the keyword in selling products and I applaud them for trying to get back in the game.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I guess no more 'it's what makes a Subaru a Subaru' huh

      • 7 Years Ago
      The boxer going away wouldn't bother me nearly as much as the AWD leaving.

      Looks like my Legacy GT will be my last new Scooby.
        • 7 Years Ago
        You're right. No one has ever created a well balanced car without a boxer.

        Subarus, just like pretty much every production car, have a good amount of understeer stock also.
        • 7 Years Ago

        I guess you can always put the battery in the trunk.

        But, drive your Legacy GT back-to-back in the snow against an A4 and a 3 Series xi.

        There is a difference in the handling that you'll feel. Not to mention the longevity of an engine whose cylinders are always bathed in oil - even when resting.
      • 7 Years Ago
      NO! one of my most favorite cars was my 99 Legacy GT. The engine was solid as a rock and the AWD system was unbeatable. i was cruising through snow that SUVs were sliding in.

      damn... now i miss that car even more.
        • 7 Years Ago
        damn you, i wish i had an LGT. I'm stuck with the base model for '06, rock solid car, amazing to drive, just weak on performance (11 sec 0-60, 17 in the quarter). and how could you cruise through the snow? you never tried sliding that thing around? it was a monster in the snow!
        • 7 Years Ago
        the 99 GT was less powerful than the 06 base model Legacy. i'm sure you realize that though.
      • 7 Years Ago
      At the end of the day, I imagine that most Autobloggers want Subaru to succeed. Subaru articles always seem to bring on the posts here.

      Yes, there are bashers of the brand and to them I say: "Don't dis the Cool Aid until you've had a taste, because these little flat-engined machines are leagues ahead of their price point in terms of handling, solidity of construction and, now, resale value...and they are also highly addictive."

      But if Subaru thinks that growth can be had by dropping a couple of half-shafts and differentials - OK! Make it happen. And if they can reduce cost per unit via Toyota-sourced i-4's that's OK too. (Hell, the Elise has a Toyota engine and I sure like driving it).

      But, don't eliminate the core product that stirs so much passion and loyalty and is so damn well executed. And, Please, can we Americans have our LGT wagons back?
      Jonathan Hicks
      • 7 Years Ago
      Those are the two core features for Subaru. Without them, Subaru wouldn't be Subaru.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I saw this one coming. Toyota bought into Sube last year, futuire Subes will be Toyota based, count on it.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Actually, at least one Toyota is going to be Subie based.
      • 7 Years Ago
      OK, this is further proof that we Americans have a terrible case of both Alzheimers and ADD. Hello. Subaru has only been "All AWD All Boxer" in the US itself for the past decade. It's not like that's always been their identity. They also aren't saying they are abandoning either AWD or Boxer engines. They're saying that some products may have neither. You know, like they did for decades on the US market.

      I would imagine two forces are at work: CAFE (Subies get terrible mileage for their size and cylinders) and the new Toyota folks sitting in some of the managing seats.
        • 7 Years Ago
        My 2007 WRX gets me 25mpg combined, 28 on the highways. Real world, not the EPA numbers.

        Not bad for a car making 230hp, with awd, and that can hold its own against a 300hp mustang gt.
        • 7 Years Ago
        An 08 Subaru Impreza get the same gas mileage as a Scion TC and has a larger, more powerful engine.
      • 7 Years Ago
      A mid engined turbo boxer engined coupe would be great.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If Subaru wants to improve fuel efficiency and emissions, they have to remove the AWD in the non-turbo models as FWD will be cheaper and more efficient as there will b less weight and the should also fit Direct Injection to the boxer engine
      • 7 Years Ago
      It already offers both in the Asian market with its Honda Fit, Nissan Versa competitor.
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