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November 1, 2012 | By David Undercoffler
Getting a head start on its 2012 L.A. Auto Show plans, Subaru on Thursday revealed a few details about its all-new 2014 Forester sport utility vehicle. Subaru's latest will have two engine choices. The base will be the same 2.5-liter Boxer engine that's in current models. It's good for 170 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque and will be paired with either a six-speed manual transmission or a CVT. Meanwhile, an all-new 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with direct injection will be optional, and is expected to crank out a healthy 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.
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April 4, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Attention Vermont, the Pacific Northwest and college towns everywhere: Subaru plans to use the 2014 New York Auto Show to debut its all-new Outback station wagon. The perennially popular all-wheel-drive wagon is largely based on Subaru's Legacy midsize sedan. An all-new Legacy was unveiled at February's Chicago Auto Show, so it's no surprise that the more rugged Outback wagon version would follow soon after. Details on what will make the Outback tick haven't been announced, but don't expect much change from the mechanicals of the new Legacy.
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AUTOS
January 30, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Subaru is on a roll lately, and the automaker hopes to continue its momentum in February by introducing the next generation of its mid-size Legacy sedan. The company announced Thursday that the production version of the 2015 Legacy will debut at the Chicago Auto Show on Feb. 6. “The all-new Legacy offers a sleeker, more coupe-like profile with a faster windshield rake angle and narrower A-pillars that create a sporty and modern sedan,” Subaru said in a brief statement. Though that's all the company would officially disclose, don't expect huge surprises in the new Subie's drivetrain.
BUSINESS
March 11, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America has leased 167,778 square feet of industrial space in Huntington Beach for its regional headquarters. The deal will allow Mitsubishi to consolidate three existing Southern California facilities under one roof at 5800 Skylab Road, real state brokerage JLL said. Terms of the 10-year deal with landlord Morgan Stanley were not disclosed, but real estate experts calculating Orange County industrial rents valued the transaction at close to $1 million a year, or $10 million total.
BUSINESS
February 21, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
They are the bad boys of Subaru's lineup. Offsetting the brand's otherwise crunchy mind-set, the WRX and WRX STI pocket rockets have worked hard to bring some tire-smoking street cred to a brand that otherwise markets its vehicles with love and puppies. Based on the humble Impreza compact sedan, both the everyman WRX and the rally-ready STI are new for 2015. The basics stay the same: turbocharging and all-wheel-drive. But both models get an overhauled chassis, a refined cabin and fresh styling.
AUTOS
March 7, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
Subaru of America is recalling more than 47,000 cars and sport utility vehicles because their engines might start on their own. Several models are involved. The recall includes model year 2010 to 2013 Legacy passenger cars and Outback SUVs equipped with an automatic or CVT transmission and an Audiovox remote engine starter (RES) accessory. It also includes 2012-13 Imprezas and 2013 XV Crosstrek SUVs equipped with a CVT transmission and the Audiovox remote engine starter accessory.
AUTOS
April 4, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Attention Vermont, the Pacific Northwest and college towns everywhere: Subaru plans to use the 2014 New York Auto Show to debut its all-new Outback station wagon. The perennially popular all-wheel-drive wagon is largely based on Subaru's Legacy midsize sedan. An all-new Legacy was unveiled at February's Chicago Auto Show, so it's no surprise that the more rugged Outback wagon version would follow soon after. Details on what will make the Outback tick haven't been announced, but don't expect much change from the mechanicals of the new Legacy.
NEWS
December 2, 1986 | Associated Press
A $500-million automobile and truck plant employing about 3,000 people will be built here by Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. and Isuzu Motor Co. Ltd., officials announced today. The joint venture will be the sixth automobile production facility built in the United States by the Japanese. Production is scheduled to start at the end of 1989. The plant will produce 60,000 Subaru cars and 60,000 Isuzu vehicles for the 1990 model year.
BUSINESS
January 17, 2013 | By Brian Thevenot
Automakers issued 586 safety recalls for more than 16.2 million vehicles last year, slightly higher than the previous year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced Thursday. Most recalls start with consumer complaints, the NHTSA said in a release. Last year, the agency received 41,912 complaints concerning potential safety defects, compared with 49,417 in 2011 and 65,765 in 2010. "The role of the consumer in influencing auto recalls cannot be underestimated," NHTSA Administrator David Strickland said in the release.
BUSINESS
March 11, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America has leased 167,778 square feet of industrial space in Huntington Beach for its regional headquarters. The deal will allow Mitsubishi to consolidate three existing Southern California facilities under one roof at 5800 Skylab Road, real state brokerage JLL said. Terms of the 10-year deal with landlord Morgan Stanley were not disclosed, but real estate experts calculating Orange County industrial rents valued the transaction at close to $1 million a year, or $10 million total.
AUTOS
March 3, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
Automakers sold 1.2 million vehicles last month, about the same as February 2013. Frigid weather in much of the nation put a damper on the business.  With most of the car companies having now reported their results Monday, here are the winners and losers. Subaru is hot:   The Japanese automaker may be the fastest growing major car brand in the United States. February sales rose 24% to 34,909 vehicles when overall auto sales were flat. Forester sales nearly doubled and now account for about a third of Subaru's business.
BUSINESS
February 21, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
They are the bad boys of Subaru's lineup. Offsetting the brand's otherwise crunchy mind-set, the WRX and WRX STI pocket rockets have worked hard to bring some tire-smoking street cred to a brand that otherwise markets its vehicles with love and puppies. Based on the humble Impreza compact sedan, both the everyman WRX and the rally-ready STI are new for 2015. The basics stay the same: turbocharging and all-wheel-drive. But both models get an overhauled chassis, a refined cabin and fresh styling.
AUTOS
February 6, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Subaru, a brand known for its all-wheel-drive, crunchy, love-centric ad campaigns and turbocharged engines, also wants to be known as a sedan company. It made this much clear during Thursday's 2014 Chicago Auto Show when it unveiled its all-new 2015 Legacy. Why? Sedans sell. Most mainstream brands sell more of their respective midsize sedans than anything else on the lot, and therefore take the segment very seriously. This kind of competition has made it hard for a smaller company like Subaru to keep up. PHOTOS: 2015 Subaru Legacy unveiled in Chicago The outgoing Legacy was a well-conceived car but never made it onto many shoppers' lists: In 2013 the Toyota Camry outsold this midsize Subaru by nearly 10 to one. Subaru hopes this 2015 Legacy will change that.
AUTOS
November 20, 2013 | By Los Angeles Times staff, This post has been updated as indicated below.
The L.A. Auto Show, which opens to the public Friday, raises the curtain today on dozens of new models - new BMWs, a new Jaguar coupe,  new Chevy pickups. Today, our reporters will be tracking the latest auto show news and most exciting debuts. Follow our live coverage below. PHOTOS: L.A. Auto Show model debuts [Updated 2:04 p.m. PDT Nov. 20: A Hummer-size Puma convertible is drawing double takes at the auto show. The Youabian Puma is about 8 feet wide and 20 feet in length, like an armored tank and a sports car in one. More on the $1.1-million monstrosity .]
AUTOS
November 20, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Subaru added a little heat to its lineup Wednesday at the Los Angeles Auto Show, with the global introduction of the all-new 2015 WRX. A turbocharged version of the compact Impreza, the WRX has earned a cult-like following by mixing all-wheel-drive handling and a high-strung four-cylinder in a practical car that starts at about $26,000. The 2014, offered in four-door form only, will also be offered in more extreme STI trim. “The WRX is the everyman's pocket rocket,” said Mike Wall, an analyst at IHS Automotive.
AUTOS
August 1, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
Japanese automakers had a big month in the U.S. Toyota's U.S sales rose 17.3% in July, to 193,394 vehicles, compared to the same month a year earlier. Honda said its U.S. sales in July rose 20.9% to 141,439 vehicles. With sales of more than 32,000, the Civic broke its July sales record set 13 years ago. In his meetings with dealers this week, Nissan's U.S. sales chief Fred Diaz has found that “traffic in the stores is robust, consumer sentiment is strong and shoppers are in the mood to buy.” Nissan's U.S. sales rose 10.9% to 109,041 vehicles last month, setting a July record for the Japanese company.
AUTOS
August 1, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
Japanese automakers had a big month in the U.S. Toyota's U.S sales rose 17.3% in July, to 193,394 vehicles, compared to the same month a year earlier. Honda said its U.S. sales in July rose 20.9% to 141,439 vehicles. With sales of more than 32,000, the Civic broke its July sales record set 13 years ago. In his meetings with dealers this week, Nissan's U.S. sales chief Fred Diaz has found that “traffic in the stores is robust, consumer sentiment is strong and shoppers are in the mood to buy.” Nissan's U.S. sales rose 10.9% to 109,041 vehicles last month, setting a July record for the Japanese company.
HEALTH
July 23, 2007
To exercise on foot is often to be accorded little respect. During my runs and speed walks, I've been sworn at, nearly spat upon and some guy in a Subaru came dangerously close to intentionally hitting me. And those were just my neighbors. I've had a sticky liquid thrown on me, been honked at more times than a moped doing 2 mph in the fast lane, and I've learned what passes for an obscene gesture on three continents.
AUTOS
June 7, 2013 | By David Undercoffler, Los Angeles Times
Subaru, long the bastion of all-wheel drive and rugged practicality, is an automaker on a hot streak. And the all-new 2014 Forester crossover shows every sign of becoming another sales hit. Subaru's profits have hit record highs this year, and May was the best sales month in the automaker's history. Over the last decade, the brand's market share has more than doubled, according to auto information company Edmunds.com. Subaru has been pushing to become a truly national company, said Thomas Doll, president of Subaru of America.
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