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According to Egmcartech, the rumors of a new $20,000 Toyota and Subaru sports car that has been under lock and key was finally validated with a Concept making its debut in the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show. The Toyota FT-86 will carry a 2.0L boxer Subaru engine sending power to the rear-wheels.

Since last year, we’ve been hearing about a new sports car from Toyota and Subaru that will be priced around $20,000 and would give the two brands something to be proud about. However, both automakers were very good at keeping their upcoming sports coupe out of way of spy photographer lenses and never really talked much to the media about it in terms of when it will be available or what it would be called. In fact, the car’s nickname eventually became “Toyobaru,” which to say the least, we hated. (more…)

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The well-known all-wheel-drive brand will be adding a little hybrid to itself next month at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show. Subaru announced today that it will show the Hybrid Tourer Concept in Tokyo next month – a concept that features “Subaru’s latest evolutions in handling agility, riding comfort and superior safety performance.” It also shows Subaru’s vision for a hybrid grand touring model. (more…)

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There’s a new sheriff in town at Toyota, and he’s wasting no time in making his presence felt at the World’s Largest Automaker. Fortunately, that finally means a return to building fun-to-drive cars after years of offering virtually nothing to tempt the enthusiast market. We can only hope that some of that sporting DNA finds its way into the rest of the automaker’s staid lineup as well. (more…)

subaru_impreza_wrx_sti_spec_c002Subaru’s personal tuning shop has pumped out another hardcore version of the Impreza WRX STI. Known as the spec C, this modified Impreza WRX STI is lighter and more powerful than other variants of the road-going rally-car that will only be sold in Japan. (more…)

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The new Impreza WRX STI looks like a fast ride for reviewers.

I remember the last red Subaru I drove. I was in high school, and the car was my dad’s – a new ‘88 GL wagon with an automatic and push-button 4WD on the shifter. I dug that Scooby. It wasn’t powerful but it was fun — especially when it snowed. Somehow I managed to avoid bouncing it off a lamppost while sliding it around corners. This had much more to do with luck than skill, as I was in high school and clearly an idiot.

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Subaru unveiled the electric R1e at the New York Auto Show. Although it will not be sold in the US, the New York Power Authority have accepted two for performance monitoring.

As reported by Travis Hudson:

Subaru’s press event was nothing short of spectacular and I say that in a fully sarcastic manner. The R1e that we already took many a peek at was officially unveiled by Subaru’s head honchos. If you’re wondering, the R1e will not be making it stateside, at least not anytime soon. However, it was announced that Subaru will be working with the New York Power Authority, which happily accepted two R1e’s. They will now drive them around and allow Subaru to monitor their performance, as well as potential consumer demand. Like I said, spectacular. Press release after the jump.
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Subaru tested its tiny electric car, the R1e, in New York City. Powered by lithium ion batteries capable of a two-minute fast charge.

As reported by Matt Hardigree:

Subaru’s is bringing its tiniest alternative energy cruiser, the R1e electric car, to New York for a little testing in the Big Apple. And while we’re currently being powered by soggy french fries, this NYC transplant will get its motivation from Subaru’s own lithium ion batteries, which offer a few unique features. For one, these batteries allow for a two-minute fast charges that doesn’t damage the batteries. Additionally, the battery packs have been designed in layers so that they can be easily recycled.

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