Subaru has chosen Septemberâ€™s 62nd Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA) for the biggest new model blitz in its history.
Key attractions include the European debut for the completely new Impreza, a striking World Rally Car Concept, facelifted Tribeca luxury SUV, totally new Justy supermini and the worldâ€™s first horizontally-opposed â€˜boxerâ€™ turbo-diesel engine â€“ due to be progressively installed in various models from spring 2008.
Subaru WRC driver, Petter Solberg, will speak at the Subaru press conference (Tuesday, September 11, Hall 8 at 2 pm) when the new Impreza-based WRC Concept will be unveiled.
Described as an indication of future styling trends for a world rally car, the WRC Concept is sure to draw the crowds â€“ and conjure up speculation among enthusiasts and the press alike.
Also presenting at the press conference is Mr Matsatsugu Nagato, Fuji Heavy Industriesâ€™ Executive Vice President in charge of European markets.
He will unveil the completely new Impreza five-door hatchback in its 1.5 and 2.0 litre naturally-aspirated formats â€“ aimed at appealing to a wider audience while still retaining Subaruâ€™s distinctive â€˜boxerâ€™ engines and symmetrical all-wheel drive. Both technologies offer outstanding handling and roadholding with â€˜real worldâ€™ active safety.
On-sale late September in the UK, the new Impreza boasts substantially increased passenger space thanks to a new platform with new multi-link, double-wishbone rear suspension which gives agile handling combined with an exceptionally absorbent ride.
Other exhibits include a facelifted Tribeca with new front and rear styling plus a larger â€“ but more efficient â€“ 3.6 litre â€˜boxerâ€™ engine mated to a more responsive five-speed automatic gearbox. Other improvements include easier access to the optional third row of seats in the seven-seat versions.
A surprise appearance at the show is a completely new Justy 1.0 litre five-door supermini offering superb fuel economy coupled with low exhaust emissions. The front-wheel drive Justy will be supplied to Subaru for sale in Europe by Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd.
Also guaranteed to generate intense interest is a display Subaru Boxer Turbo Diesel engine which will be fitted progressively to various models from spring 2008.
The worldâ€™s first horizontally-opposed diesel engine promises outstanding refinement, smoothness and low weight for excellent handling. In addition, fuel economy, performance and emissions will all be class-challenging.
Also underlying Subaruâ€™s commitment to developing environmentally-friendly technologies is an example of its R1e electric city car â€“ already in use in Japan.