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05-20-2009, 06:40 PM
Filed under: Hybrids/Alternative (http://www.autoblog.com/category/hybrids/), Government/Legal (http://www.autoblog.com/category/government-legal/), Green (http://www.autoblog.com/category/green/), Subaru (http://www.autoblog.com/category/subaru/)
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Subaru's been hyping its future green technology for years, but despite promises of diesels (http://www.autobloggreen.com/2007/10/18/diesel-subies-to-beat-hybrids-to-market/) and hybrids (http://www.autoblog.com/2006/01/09/detroit-auto-show-subaru-b5-tph/), those of us in the States have yet to sample any alt-fuel, boxer-powered Imprezas, Legacys or Foresters. But according to Subie's president Ikuo Mori, in addition to bringing a new diesel powerplant to the U.S. in 2011 or 2012, Subaru, "hopes to introduce a hybrid around the same time."

As previously reported, Subaru will license and adapt Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive (http://www.autoblog.com/2006/03/13/toyota-fuji-heavy-industries-to-co-develop-new-hybrid-system-fo/) system to its current drivetrains, which has proved difficult and, apparently, time consuming (we first reported on Subaru's hybrid plans back in 2005 (http://www.autoblog.com/2005/09/06/subaru-develops-turbo-parallel-hybrid-for-possible-2007-legacy/)). However, with yesterday's new CAFE announcement (http://www.autoblog.com/2009/05/19/obama-cafe-increase-an-historic-agreement-to-help-america-brea/) that requires automakers' products to average 35.5 mpg by 2016 - with Japan and Europe likely to follow suit - Subaru seems to finally be ready to make good on its promise - seven years later.

[Source: Bloomberg (http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=a4MxWf.dcDrk)]REPORT: Subaru may bring gasoline-hybrid to the U.S. in 2012 (http://www.autoblog.com/2009/05/20/report-subaru-may-bring-gasoline-hybrid-to-the-u-s-in-2012/) originally appeared on Autoblog (http://www.autoblog.com) on Wed, 20 May 2009 18:32:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds (http://www.weblogsinc.com/feed-terms/).


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