Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., better known as the maker of Subaru automobiles, announced that it has completed the development of a new driver aid system called "New EyeSight." The New EyeSight setup is based on Subaru's current old EyeSight system, which debuted in May 2008 and has been available since then in Japanese Subaru vehicles; it features dual forward-facing cameras to give the vehicle stereoscopic vision for pedestrian detection. The new rig integrates with the other driver assist systems to improve overall vehicle safety. How come we never see this sort of tech in Subaru's North … Read more
We take you on a walking tour of the New York show, including the hot BMW 335is, Hyundai Sonata Turbo & Hybrid, Chevy Cruze Eco, the supposedly compact Rolls Royce Ghost, and we even bump into Fudgie the Whale.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) EPISODE 162 SHOW NOTES
NEW YORK--Subaru used the New York auto show to show off the significant performance improvements it made to its WRX and WRX STI, but what will stand out for most observers are the body changes. The STI gets fitted into a nice little compact sedan package, while the WRX gets the STI's wide body design.
The new four-door STI, and addition in the model line-up to the current hatchback STI, means more than just the loss of some cargo area. Subaru fits it with a large wing, giving it zero lift, according to the company.
Sedan and hatchback STIs … Read more
NEW YORK--Several Asian brands plan world debuts at the New York auto show this week.
Kia will show a stylish redesign of the Optima sedan, Infiniti is rolling out a new QX56 luxury SUV, and Scion is expected to show either its new iQ minicar or the next version of the tC coupe.
Meanwhile, Acura, Subaru and Suzuki plan variants of models already on sale. Mercedes-Benz will unveil a freshened R-class crossover. And Cadillac, Chevrolet and Lincoln are expected to show derivatives of existing vehicles.
Press conferences are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, March 31 and April 1. … Read more
The Saab 9-5 rolls off the production line. GM comes up with two-seater. And in this special presentation of Car Tech Live, we drive at Laguna Seca in a track car, a commuter car, and a car you've never heard of before.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) EPISODE 161 SHOW NOTES
Subaru put automotive journalists behind the wheel of the company's latest WRX, WRX STI, and Impreza models at the Subaru Ice Driving Event in Park City, Utah.
The high-altitude event was to highlight Subaru's all-wheel drive on a half-mile track. Subaru's latest models offer rally-style handling in the most extreme road conditions, including the combination of ice, snow, and gravel.
All of my friends back east are jumping for joy, as it appears to be finally warming up a little and melting the pounds of snow they've been hit with for the past month. And since it seems that the snow will soon be drained into our great country's sewer systems, I thought we'd send the snow off with this video blog post about the most badass snowcar I've ever seen. Check it out.
Rally team driver and Chief Brand Officer of DC Shoes, Ken Block, apparently took a Subaru Impreza WRX STI and transformed it … Read more
As we all know by now, over the past week (or so) the East Coast has recently suffered one of the worst winter storms ever. In fact, some have referred to this blizzard as "Snowmageddon" due to the turbulent, unforgiving nature of this regional weather system. Despite the hazardous conditions, many antsy, adventurous drivers have documented their attempts to brave the elements and drive around in these icy and snowy conditions with the end result being a video on YouTube. Because of their valiant efforts, parts of the world that are not having to endure this commuting nightmare … Read more
As much as we like Subaru's all-wheel-drive handling and fuel-efficient engines, cabin tech is always a disappointment, and never more so than with the 2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5i we tested. The Legacy model comes in eight different trims, but the 2.5i is the bottom. As such, Subaru offers no factory options for the car--you have to go up a trim level to get a decent audio system, then up another to get navigation. We put it through its driving paces, but found nothing to like in the cabin.
We had high hopes for the updated Subaru Outback. At recent auto shows, the company seemed like it was going tech-forward, displaying new Harmon Kardon audio systems in the Legacy and Outback. But our review of the 2010 Outback showed us that the company is still well behind the curve of car technology. Sure, the all-wheel-drive system is great, as is the car's general utility. And in how many SUVs can you get a manual transmission? But, aside from that new audio system and a very basic Bluetooth phone system, the new Outback doesn't have much to offer … Read more