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Subaru to Use Modular Platform and Plug-In Hybrid

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Jun 6, 2014

Subaru’s new plans include using “Subaru Global Platform”, building some new hybrid engines and much more

Not long ago, the automotive industry giant, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles released some details on their future plans, and what we will be seeing on the roads soon. Now the Japanese auto tycoon Fuji Heavy Industries and its subsidiary Subaru announced what they have planned to hike up the sales up to 600,000 by 2020 from their North American plant which is currently sitting on 478,000 units. They also have plans for new fuel-efficient, direct-injection engines that will have a completely new platform.

Subaru is calling this new platform “Subaru Global Platform” which is modular, planned to make its debut in 2016 and continue underpinning a wide range of future Subaru vehicles.

Rumours are that a successor to the Tribeca, a seven-seat SUV will also get this platform and hopefully make its debut somewhere between 2016 and 2020.

These new engines are about to make their first appearance almost the same time as the new Tribeca would show up. The future vehicles may also get the Atkinson-cycle engine which increases thermal efficiency even more and Subaru has made it a top priority. As the focus is more on emissions and efficiency, there is a strong possibility of plug-in hybrid, but it will not disrupt company’s brand heritage.

It is feared that Subaru might ditch its traditional boxer engines but it’s still a speculation, nothing has been said or confirmed by Subaru though.

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