There are good Subaru stories that don’t warrant a whole page just for themselves, so here is a weekend digest of the best from around the globe. Get a cup of coffee, sit back and enjoy.
The first story comes from CES 2020 in Las Vegas. In a cross-industry effort, Subaru announced the Subaru Starlink infotainment platform on the all-new 2020 Subaru Outback and the 2020 Subaru Legacy will now use open source software from the AGL Unified Code Base (UCB) platform. Subaru says the new platform will allow customers a more user-friendly infotainment system experience that is more enjoyable for drivers. Subaru unveiled the new platform at CES 2020.
2020 Subaru Outback gets a new Starlink infotainment platform
This next story comes all the way from Tokyo where Subaru unveiled a new Levorg Prototype STI Sport at the Tokyo Auto Salon 2020. This is a delicious piece of forbidden fruit Americans can only look at and not taste. It’s only being offered in Japan and probably Australia if it is built at all. It’s a collaboration between Subaru Corporation and STI, its performance division. Could it be a forerunner of the new WRX STI? Stay tuned.
2020 Subaru Levorg Prototype STI Sport unveiled at the Tokyo Auto Salon 2020
Subaru Corporation announced an upbeat plan for 2020 and says they will ramp up production in Japan and at their plant in Lafayette, Indiana this year. The Japanese automaker aims to increase global production 11 percent to a record 1.10 million vehicles in 2020. Last year, Subaru slowed production to improve quality. This will mean a better selection of all-wheel-drive Subaru vehicles for customers in the U.S. when they visit dealer showrooms.
2020 Subaru Ascent 3-Row family hauler is produced in the U.S.
A story from AutoCar reports the next-generation Subaru BRZ/Toyota 86 will be getting a new 2.4-liter turbocharged engine sourced from the Ascent family hauler. They say the new two-door sports coupe will ride on the Toyota TNGA platform and that the Toyota version will be called the GR86 named after its Gazoo Razing division. The new Subaru BRZ/Toyota 86 models should arrive sometime in 2021.
The new 2020 Subaru Outback wagon and Legacy sedan have been named the Best Mid-Size Utility Vehicle and Best Large Car respectively in Canada for 2020. The all-new models were recognized by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) at the Montreal International Auto Show. The two winners from Subaru now qualify both for the 2020 Canadian Car of the Year and 2020 Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year.
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