Back in 2005, Toyota acquired 8.7% stake in Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) from General Motors. This seemed to be the perfect way FHI-owned Subaru would get some more experience from the Japanese carmaker and also benefit from its expertise on hybrid propulsion systems.
Well, this was not really the case as Subaru decided to develop its own system and not adapt Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive to work with its boxer engines. This is what sources within Subaru declared.
Apparently they are talking about a new hybrid system that it's very similar to the one found in the Honda Insight and CR-Z. This system doesn't allow the car to move on electric power alone, but also assists the gasoline engine. This way the CO2 emissions and the fuel consumption are reduced.
Just take a look back in 2009, and remember the Hybrid Tourer concept revealed by Subaru at the Tokyo Motor Show. The model had a turbocharged 2.0-liter flat-four engine and twin electric motors. The idea is very good and we'll probably see the engine into production, but without the second electric motor used to power the rear wheels.
Same sources say that this new hybrid system will be fitted to a new model and will be launched in 2013. The models that could receive the system are the Forester SUV, the mid-size Legacy sedan or the Outback crossover variant.
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