Subaru President Promises to Offer a Hybrid by 2012

Subaru president Ikuo Mori said during a press preview of the Tokyo motor show that the company will offer a hybrid by 2012. The hybrid powertrain will arrive in an existing model in the Subaru lineup.

Mori said that the hybrid would make its way into one of the smaller models Subaru offers in order to maximize fuel efficiency. As we reported a few weeks back, the new offering would utilize Subaru driving characteristics. We would assume that all-wheel drive will make its way into the hybrid to keep with Subaru's promise of standard awd.

As C.A.F.E standards reach 35.5 mpg in 2016, Subaru needs something to help it reach this mandate. Mori has not said if the hybrid would be sold stateside, but we think that's pretty much a given.

Subaru showed off its Tourer hybrid concept at the Tokyo show that features a 2.0-liter gas engine paired with an electric motor that drives the front wheels. The rear axle is driven solely by an electric motor. The 2-door gull-winged hatchback may not make it to market in its current form, but we can always dream.

Subaru is developing its hybrid powertrain based on Toyota's proven green technology. Toyota owns 16.5-percent of Fuji Heavy Industry.

Source: Automotive News

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