• Jan 17th 2011 at 6:53PM
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Subaru finally appears ready to enter the hybrid segment. This conclusion stems from numerous rumors and reports that the Japanese automaker, which has strong ties with Toyota, aims to launch it first hybridized vehicle by the end of 2012. However, Subaru's tight-lipped approach prevents us from confirming what vehicle the automaker will use to introduce its hybrid to the world. Initial speculation puts the fuel-sipping technology into either the Legacy or Impreza platform. Additionally, Reuters claims that Subaru's hybrid is coming in 2012 and will be U.S.-bound sometime in 2013.

On the sidelines of this year's Detroit Auto Show, Reuters prodded Tom Doll, chief operating officer of Subaru of America, seeking insight into the automaker's hybrid plans. Doll stated, "We're going to need something at some point, even (only) to say we have it because that enhances our brand image in the market." Subaru is, of course, not officially confirming the launch of any hybrid vehicle, so we'll just have to stay tuned.

[Source: Reuters]

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      • 8 Months Ago
      Well, they sound pretty gung-ho about it.
      • 8 Months Ago
      they just don't get it
      • 8 Months Ago
      I'd be happy with the Europe diesel and something other than a 4sp auto Subaru
      • 8 Months Ago
      As long as they still stick with AWD, this will be a good thing for Subaru. Let's just hope it's not a half-hearted attempt like their CVT tech is. Hopefully this is where their partnership with Toyota will come in handy.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Agreed... I've been waiting for five years... hoping Subaru would release a hybrid (gotta have 4WD up here in the snow-- the Prius is useless)... Finally! Now, if only Subaru will bring in their diesel Forester!
      • 8 Months Ago
      Seems to me the Subaru is an ideal candidate for something like the Peugeot road coupled hybrid, not the complex Toyota system. They already make a 1600 cc flat four for a domestic model. They could eliminate energy sucking all wheel drive and put an electric motor or a pair of smaller ones in the rear that would be controlled electrically and through the road to not only provide the hybrid part, but to provide the all wheel drive and limited slip differential functions.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Actually, the Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive is simpler than the Peugeot "through the road" system, as the transmission design is much simpler with fewer moving parts and no clutches. More efficient, too.

        But the best feature of the Hybrid Synergy Drive is how well suited it is to a potential Plug-in upgrade.
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Chris M,
        Adding AWD to Toyota HSD makes it substantially more complicated, see the diagrams at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hybrid_Synergy_Drive#Subsequent_developments
        It seems to me adding a plug to through-the-road hybrid AWD is as easy as HSD.
        But I agree Subaru is likely to use HSD.

        I look forward to a Subaru Hybrid competing with Ford's 2012 Ford Escape Hybrid, which supposedly will be available with a plug, and with AWD, and look like the excellent European Ford Kuga! But maybe not all three at once.
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