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Your New Subaru Outback Is Held Together By Glue? It’s True

Did you all know that glue is used to assemble new 2022 Subaru Outback, Crosstrek, Forester, Ascent, and other new models? Check out the surprising manufacturing method.


Is the new 2022 Subaru Outback, Crosstrek, Forester, Ascent, and other new models held together by glue? Is this a joke, or is it true? Subaru Corporation released a new fact about its vehicles and said its new models are held together by an automotive industrial glue that was first adopted with the next-generation Subaru Impreza when the automaker introduced the new Subaru Global Platform in 2017.

Here's how it works. The glue improves the vehicle's elasticity, reduces vibrational noises in next-generation models, and improves the car's response to steering wheel inputs from the driver, according to Subaru.

2023 Subaru Outback

The Subaru fact report says its all-wheel-drive model's body consists of many parts assembled with screws, bolts, and welding. But recently, they increased the use of a combination of structural, industrial adhesives, and spot welding called the weld bond method since 2017.

The new 2023 Subaru Outback, next-generation 2024 Crosstrek, 2023 Forester, and other recent models' rigidity are dramatically increased, reducing vibration noise. Subaru says the vehicle's response to steering wheel inputs can be improved. Subaru says, "Screws, bolts, and spot welding are fixed by points, while lines fix arc and laser welding."

2023 Subaru Outback
photo credit: Maita Subaru

In developing the new Subaru Global Platform, Subaru Corporation built a prototype Impreza using this method with structural adhesives and spot welding. It worked so well that there was a voice within the company saying, "Why didn't you do it sooner?"

When it comes to assembling Subaru's models, they need to keep the all-wheel-drive vehicles rigid and flexible enough for rugged all-terrain performance but agile and nimble for a comfortable ride on the open road. Subaru thinks they have created the perfect balance between off-road and city performance.

Subaru says, "It may sound a little strange because it looks like a plastic model, but if you drive the current and newly-redesigned 2023 Outback, Ascent, Legacy, 2023 Forester, and next-generation 2024 Crosstrek, you will experience its benefits."

With the new models hard to find sitting on a dealer's lot, it's difficult for customers to take a test drive in the latest models. We have test driven the new 2023 Outback, Ascent, Legacy, and 2023 Forester and have experienced improved ride quality. The new Subaru models are held together by glue, which translates to a quieter ride and enhances driving dynamics.

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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role working with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. Check out Subaru Report where he covers all of the Japanese automaker's models. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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