The weather might be nasty, but Jalopnik is showing that the snow and ice can still be tons of fun too in the right vehicle. It took a quartet of performance cars to the Consumer Reports test track to go sliding around the slippery circuit.
The West Coast labor dispute between the dockworkers union and port owners is continuing to affect Japanese automakers with factories in the United States. Subaru, Honda, Toyota and Nissan are all airlifting some parts into the country to avoid shortages.
A Subaru dealer in California is being sued by Subaru of America in US District Court, for allegedly falsifying 224 customer satisfaction surveys last year. The scheme wasn't hard to discover because all of the questionnaires were submitted from the IP address of a showroom owned by the same business.
Japanese tuner Jun Auto has placed a 2.4-liter V8 based on two engines from a Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R motorcycle into the engine bay of a Subaru BRZ. The mill makes 362 horsepower and revs past 10,000 rpm to sound absolutely wonderful.
A labor dispute between a West Coast dockworkers union and management is forcing Honda and Subaru to fly in parts to their US factories to avoid production delays. It costs about $60 million more per month to bring the components in by air rather than by ship.
Security camera footage surfaces more than a month after the incident, showing thieves driving into the lobby of Red Bull Racing headquarters in the UK and making off with the team's hard-earned trophies.
Subaru has decided not to open a joint venture factory in China with Chery, even if the Chinese government gave it permission. The Japanese brand looked at the numbers and decided that it would have to double its sales just to maintain the same profits from exporting from Japan. Growth in the Chinese market may also be slowing.
After several years of growing sales, Subaru sees 2015 as no different. The Japanese brand thinks that it could sell around 540,000 vehicles in the US this year to make it the automaker's largest single market. To cope with all of this demand, the brand is also boosting production and later planning to add additional capacity to its SIA factory in Indiana for the Legacy and Outback.
With its bright Sunrise Yellow paint, the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Special Edition is an easy model to spot on the floor of the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Beyond the exclusive color, Subie's crossover gets a seven-inch touchscreen, all-weather package and a power moonroof. Get an order in quick though, because Subaru is only making 1,000 of these limited models with deliveries starting in the spring.
After record-setting sales in 2014, Subaru is ringing in the new year with its 2015 XV Crosstrek Special Edition. Limited to 1,000 units, these rare compact crossovers get exclusive Sunrise Yellow paint and some interior upgrades, and deliveries start in the spring.
Having sold 336,441 cars in the US in 2012, Subaru said in early 2013 that it wanted to hit 500,000 annual sales here by 2015. After boosting sales to 424,683 in 2013, it's hit its half-mil target a year early: on December 29, 2014 Subaru sold its 500,000th car.
Motorhead Magazine somehow finagled a complete shutdown of the Mazda Turnpike in Japan. What'd they do with it? Raced a bunch of cars, naturally. Watch every commuter's dream brought to life in this cool video.
Subaru had plans to build the Crosstrek here in the US, but Reuters reports that the company has changed its mind and will build the little crossover Scooby in Japan, in the same Gunma Prefecture factory where the Impreza, BRZ and Levorg are built.