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8th February, 2008

Subaru Diesel

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the maker of Subaru cars, today announced the major features of its exhibit at the 78th Geneva Motor Show slated for March in Geneva, Switzerland (open to the public from 6th-16th March, 2008). FHI will present the Subaru Legacy (Liberty) and the Outback, which are outfitted with the company’s unique Subaru Boxer Diesel and due to be released into the European market ahead of other parts of the world. In addition, models to be exhibited include the new Subaru Forester, which will make a debut in Europe, and the Subaru G4e Concept and the Subaru R1e electric vehicles as environmental-friendly solutions.

Subaru Legacy/Outback 2.0D

FHI applied the world’s first Horizontally-Opposed Diesel Engine “Subaru Boxer Diesel” for passenger vehicles to the Subaru Legacy (known as Liberty in Australia) and the Outback. For the two models, the Subaru Boxer Diesel is matched with Subaru’s unique symmetrical AWD (All-Wheel-Drive). The two models adopt new electric power steering to achieve improved fuel efficiency. The engine does not only comply with the Euro 4 emission regulations, but realise top-level fuel economy for AWD passenger vehicles, thereby integrating driving performance into the environment.

Subaru Boxer Diesel: Features

The Subaru Boxer Diesel takes advantage of high rigidity of the horizontally opposed engine. It uses an aluminium-alloy cylinder block. With its engine width equivalent to that of a horizontally opposed petrol engine of the same displacement volume, it is 61.3 mm shorter in length, achieving top level lightweight and compact design of the class. Its unique layout allows the right and left pistons to negate each other’s inertia. This translates into smooth rotational balance, low vibration and quietness.

Subaru Boxer Diesel: Main specifications

- Engine type: Horizontally opposed 4-cylinder DOHC 16-valve turbo diesel
- Displacement: 1,998 cc
- Maximum output: 110 kW (150 PS)/3,600 rpm
- Maximum torque: 350 Nm (35.7 kgf·m)/1,800 rpm
- CO2 emissions: 148 g/km (Legacy/Liberty sedan)
- Fuel injection system: Common rail type
- Turbo type: Variable nozzle turbocharger

Subaru Forester

The new third generation Subaru Forester, developed under the concept of “Best Package for Active Life,” will make its European debut at the Geneva Motor Show. This is a crossover SUV, a pure Subaru product, which provides all its passengers with ease of use, comfort and safe and pleasant driving.

An Australian debut for this new Forester is scheduled for the 2008 Melbourne Motor Show.

Subaru G4e Concept

The Subaru G4e Concept is a concept car that envisions a future form of an environment friendly electric vehicle. Contrary to the traditional perception of the electric vehicle being heavy and cramped, the Subaru G4e Concept adopts a packaging that can accommodate five passengers. This is achieved by storing batteries underneath the floor, expressing an image of heading toward the future through its triangle-shaped exterior design. Thanks to its next generation lithium ion high performance batteries and reduced weight, the Subaru G4e Concept is expected to travel 200 kilometres per charge.

Subaru R1e

FHI aims to commercialise the Subaru R1-based Subaru R1e electric vehicle as a city commuter. A total of 40 units have been used for business activities by its joint development partner Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) to date. FHI plans to test market around 100 units of EV during 2009 in Japan. This electric vehicle can be fully charged in eight hours on a standard household current and an 80 percent charge is possible in 15 minutes using a quick charger.

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