Seems as though Toyota's inclination to stick with its hybrid strategy has affected Subaru (which Toyota partially owns) with reports that the Japanese based company will bring out a hybrid version of the Subaru Impreza when the new model comes out in 2012.
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Although previous suggestions of a hybrid car were thought to be for the Subaru Liberty, Road & Track's Sam Mitani said Subaru insiders have suggested it will first be seen on the all-new Impreza.

The news should not come as a surprise given Ikuo Mori, president of Subaru, recently declared that his company will introduce a new hybrid vehicle in 2012. Given the Impreza's size and popularity it's certainly the right choice to start with.

With a diesel now in the lineup, Subaru is a brand on the move. A hybrid drivetrain based on the company's boxer engine could be a very interesting idea and can potentially produce much better results than similar systems found in Toyota hybrids.

Even if a Subaru Impreza Hybrid does come out in 2012, it may not necessarily come to Australia straight away.

Would you consider an Impreza Hybrid?