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Subaru WRX STI: Next-gen could go hybrid as emissions laws tighten

The next-generation Subaru WRX STI may not be launched for a considerable length of time, as the company decides what to do with its powertrain. David Dello Stritto, head of sales and marketing for Subaru Europe, admitted to AutoRAI.nl "there will be a period where we will temporarily not run WRX STI". This is down to ever-tightening CO2 emissions regulations, which means "the current 2...

Subaru Ascent teased ahead of November 28 debut

Subaru has teased its upcoming seven-seat SUV, the Ascent, on Twitter ahead of its debut at the Los Angeles motor show. With styling derived from the Ascent Concept (below) launched in New York this April, the car is designed to go head-to-head with the VW Atlas in the USA. Unlike the unloved, too-small Tribeca that came before it, the Ascent is likely to be big enough to make American buyers happy...

Subaru opens new tracks for autonomous driving tests

Subaru has installed new tracks and made a number of changes to existing facilities at its Bifuka proving ground, in order to help it develop advanced driver assistance technologies. In addition to a new administration building and general upgrades to all of the facility's test roads, Subaru has created a new urban test track and given a major upgrade to Bifuka's high-speed circuit, bringing it closer to the real-world conditions found on many restricted access motorways...

Subaru admits to improper domestic vehicle inspection process

Subaru has admitted it failed to follow proper domestic vehicle inspection procedures for 30 years at its Gunma factory, located to the North of Tokyo. In a statement issued by the company, the automaker said vehicle inspection trainees, prior to becoming fully qualified inspectors, would often perform the required checks and use their supervisors' certification seal...

Subaru WRX STI S208 unveiled in Tokyo

Subaru has unveiled the limited-edition WRX STI S208 at the Tokyo motor show. The car follows in the footsteps of the S207 launched in 2015, with slew of performance and handling upgrades designed to take the standard WRX STI to another level. Exterior changes are headlined by a mesh grille with red highlights at the front, sitting above an angry-looking splitter finished in gloss black...

Subaru VIZIV Performance concept revealed

The Subaru VIZIV Performance concept has been revealed at the Tokyo motor show this week, previewing a future performance sedan from the Japanese manufacturer. Designed to embody "the brand’s vision for the future of making cars that deliver enjoyment and peace of mind to its customers", the VIZIV Performance is the first sedan in Subaru's 'Vision for Innovation' concept series, which has only included crossovers thus far...

The Shortlist: $35k small hatch with lots of rear-seat leg room

Ashish needs a new family-friendly hatchback with lots of rear-seat leg room. The budget is $35,000. Doing what we do, CarAdvice writers are often asked by friends and family, and through our contact page: which car is best for me? Most buyers can identify the top three non-negotiable factors that will guide their purchase decision...

Kobe Steel falsification scandal may impact Toyota, Honda, Nissan, other Japanese marques

Kobe Steel, a key supplier to the automakers and other heavy industries, has admitted it shipped products with falsified inspection certificates for at least a year. The certificates are meant to confirm the product in question meets specifications agreed to by both Kobe Steel and the customer...

Subaru WRX and STI recalled, audio system too hot to handle

Subaru Australia's importer and distributor is conducting a recall of 4017 WRX and WRX STI performance sedans made in 2015 due to a potential fire risk. The cause? A hectic subwoofer design flaw, whereby cargo could set off an electric short circuit, leading to flames. Subaru says that one instance of a sub-related overheat has actually occurred in Australia, which in part has led to this recall...

2018 Subaru Impreza pricing and specs

The 2018 Subaru Impreza is in showrooms now, with the Japanese brand's small hatch and sedan gaining some added equipment in the higher-spec versions. There are no cosmetic changes, but the EyeSight forward camera safety system in the Subaru Impreza hatch and sedan models has been upgraded as part of the 2018 model year run...

Subaru Impreza, XV concepts bound for Tokyo

Subaru is set to debut a pair of concepts at the Tokyo motor show next month, one based on its Impreza small hatch and the other on the XV crossover. In addition to the VIZIV Performance Concept, BRZ STI Sport and WRX STI-based S208, the Impreza Future Sport and XV Fun Adventure concepts give their donor cars a more focused look to go with their respective names...