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CR Reviews the Often Overlooked 2015 Subaru Impreza

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Consumer Reports says the 2015 Subaru Impreza is a lot of car for the amount you’re asked to pay for it. It’s a car that is often outshined by more aggressively promoted rivals, even though there’s a lot to recommend it.

Euro NCAP Tests 12 New Cars, Corsa, Smart, MINI and Logan Fall Behind

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The latest round of Euro NCAP's safety tests see seven new models including the Porsche Macan and Lexus NX scoring big, and five newcomers falling behind.

He Rushes Through a Yellow Light, Pays the Price…Twice

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Cutting it thin and trying to rush through a yellow light the very last moment before it turns red is a risky business – especially if there's traffic ahead.

Subaru Runs Over Protesters During Ferguson Rally in Minneapolis

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Shocking footage of a Subaru Outback plowing through a crowd of Ferguson demonstrators in downtown Minneapolis has surfaced online.

Subaru Releases 280PS Forester tS in Japan, Only 300 Will Be Made

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Subaru has unveiled the limited-edition Forester tS SUV in Japan and, as you can see, the car looks exactly like the Forester STI tS Concept revealed in September.

Scion Boss Says FR-S Convertible and Turbo Engine Not Happening

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If you had high hopes for Scion, and consequently, Toyota and Subaru, releasing convertible and turbocharged versions of their FR-S, GT 86 and BRZ sports car, consider them dashed.

Subaru 2015 XV Crosstrek Prices Start from US$21,595

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A month ago, Subaru unveiled its revamped 2015MY XV Crosstrek, detailing its changes. Today it released the compact crossover’s pricing in the US market, which begins at US$21,595 and US$25,995 (excluding destination and delivery) for the gasoline and hybrid models respectively.

This is Subaru's Viziv GT Vision Concept [40 Pics & Video]

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So, what do you think about Subaru's latest conceptual effort dubbed Viziv GT that was made for the Gran Turismo 6 racing game?

Subaru Outback Debuts in China with 2.0L Turbo Boxer Engine

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While in the US, the Subaru Outback is offered with a naturally-aspirated 2.5-liter flat-four engine and a larger 3.6-liter six-cylinder unit, in China the latter engine will be replaced by a 2.0-liter turbocharged boxer.

Viziv GT Concept is Subaru's Gift to Gran Turismo 6 Players [w/Video]

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Subaru has afforded us a more revealing view of its new Viziv GT Vision Concept sports car made exclusively for the Gran Turismo 6.

Review Calls Subaru WRX STi "Properly Ballsy"

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In its latest generation incarnation, the Subaru WRX STi has grown and grown up, though you still can’t mistake it for anything else.

That on top of the qualities you’ve come to expect from an STi, its only problem being that the game has moved on a lot since it was first launched, and you’ve got a lot of choice for the same money…

There’s Little Not to Like about the Subaru Outback, Review Finds

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The fifth-generation Subaru Outback has changed quite a lot not only from its previous incarnation, but more so compared to the very first one. It’s grown in size (and height) and more importantly grown up in terms of quality, as well.

Subaru Updates 2015 XV Crosstrek with New Infotainment and Safety Techs

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Subaru said it release the 2015MY versions of its XV Crosstrek and XV Crosstrek Hybrid crossovers with equipment and tech upgrades in the US this December.

Future Cars: Could Subaru Grow a Pair and Develop a 911-Rivalling Supercar?

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In the world of questions that should never be asked, some things are better left unexplored. For example why do the Kardashians exist? Is it ok to deep-fry footwear and how many Hamsters do you need to fill a Kia’s fuel tank? Things we don’t care about aside; there is one question I’ve always pondered - should Subaru make an all-out Supercar?

Forget the BRZ Coupe, rally-bred WRX STI and long lost SVX; I’m talking about a competitor that can square up against the likes of Nissan’s GT-R and Porsche’s 911 Turbo S.

With that in mind and Toyota’s development of the FT-1 Supercar Concept, I've decided to delve deeper into the possibility of an hero car loosely based on Toyota’s upcoming, modern-day Supra replacement.

Firstly, let's start with the design; the donor FT-1 has stunning organic and curvaceous surfacing. Where the Subaru differs, is in its own design language. As with my rendered example, the styling is more geometric, angular and upright. For a strong point of difference, the rear takes on a shooting-break aesthetic with an upwards-wrapping C-pillar that incorporates inlet scoops within the rear quarter windows.

The front carries Subaru’s universally used trapezoidal front grille, flanked by horizontal intakes and a race car-inspired front splitter. Large side inlets intersect aggressively against the doors, with crease-work that runs along the sills then shoots upwards to create a visual link with the A-pillars.

Within the cabin should be an environment devoid of any current Subaru design traits; instead utilising more expressive styling, quality materials and exotic finishes cosseting a 2+2 layout.

Underneath the angular aesthetic cloak, would lay front engined, all-wheel drive fundamentals - albeit with a hybrid boxer twist. Electric motors sending power to front and rear axles, coupled to a turbocharged 3.6-liter flat six, could yield supercar performance with a distinctive soundtrack.

While the traditionalist within me would wish for a manual transmission, the logical approach for such a maniacal vehicle would utilise a quick-shifting 8 or 9-speed dual-clutch unit. Sorry rubber band lovers - no CVT’s allowed in this segment.

Subaru’s offering would need to carve up corners like a laser-guided weapon; rivals such as Porsche’s 911 Turbo S and McLaren MP4-12C, are considered some of the best handling exotics out there. Add other great alternatives to the mix like Mercedes-Benz’s AMG GT, Jaguar F-Type R and 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06; then suddenly one realises the daunting task Subaru would face.

Unfortunately, it’s at this point where reality sets back in; does Subaru have the capital, R&D and willingness from a potential partner like Toyota to make it happen? Odds are… well probably not. Although never say never and who knows - Fuji Heavy Industries may just one day surprise us.

Feasibility issues aside, would you like to see Subaru develop a 911-basher?

Share your views in the comments below.

By Josh Byrnes

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Faintly Revised 2015 Subaru Impreza Priced from $18,195*

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A couple of weeks after announcing a mild facelift for the 2015 Impreza sedan and hatchback, Subaru shared full pricing on the US models.

STi-Swapped 1998 Subaru Forester Gets Regular Car Reviewed

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The first-gen Subaru Forester to hit the US market arrived in the US in 1998, one year after its Japanese market debut and some three years after it was previewed by a Tokyo motor show concept.

Pro Shares Tricks on How to Clean Cloth Seats

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Despite the proliferation of real and synthetic leather on higher-spec and premium cars, most base and mid-level mainstream models continue to be offered with cloth seats.

Subaru Gives 2015 Impreza a Modest Facelift

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Apparently, Subaru has refreshed the 2015 Impreza series with some cosmetic tweaks on the outside and a series of interior upgrades.

Latest 2015 Subaru Outback Ad Proves Subaru Still Knows its Buyers

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Subaru may be in the midst of a huge sales surge that's bringing lots of new buyers into their fold, but they'd like to remind everyone they haven't abandoned all of their stereotypes.

Strangely Similar Sedans: Subaru Legacy vs Chrysler 200S

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When you look at the old Chrysler 200, you get a distinct urge to search for and find who signed off on its design, and then take sweet revenge for the retina scorching ugliness that they allowed.