Subaru Boxer Sports Car Takes Centre Stage at Geneva 2011
GENEVA – February 23, 2011: At the forthcoming 81st International Geneva Motor Show (1 to 13 March), Japanese manufacturer, Subaru, will be showcasing an exciting new concept vehicle.
Making its world debut will be the Subaru ‘BOXER Sports Car Architecture’ Concept, currently under joint development with the Toyota Motor Corporation. This partnership with the world’s largest car manufacturer has proved hugely successful in bringing the project to fruition in a timely and cost-effective manner.
Based on an all-new platform and highlighting Subaru’s new design direction, the vehicle boasts the brand’s trademark Horizontally-Opposed Boxer engine technology – a key component of any Subaru – and will reinterpret the enjoyable, sure-footed driving experience in a rear-wheel drive format.
For the first time in Europe, show-goers will also be able to see the Subaru BOXER Sports Car Architecture Concept in the metal. The first concept to be released under Subaru’s new international brand strategy of ‘Confidence in Motion’, the concept is designed to show the possible design direction for future Impreza models.
Expressing Subaru’s core brand value of ‘enjoyment and peace of mind’, the new Concept offers a sleek and lean form that exudes dynamism and elegance. It also features a spacious and plush four-seater interior, and promises an engaging yet safe and comfortable ride.
Measuring 4,520mm in length, 1,820mm in width and standing 1,430mm tall, the concept model features a new generation 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, Horizontally-Opposed Boxer engine paired with a Lineartronic (CVT) transmission.
The new Subaru Trezia will also be on display. The left-hand-drive-only B-segment vehicle is designed to meet the increasing demand for small, environmentally friendly cars in Europe. The ‘Compact Smart Wagon’ comes in at under four metres and offers remarkable levels of interior space. A 1.3-litre petrol and 1.4-litre diesel (with CO2 emissions of 113 g/km) will be on offer, and although only available in left-hand format, plans to study the development of a right-hand drive version for possible introduction to the UK are currently under review.