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Subaru’s New Platform

Subaru’s parent company, Fuji Heavy Industries, has announced that the 2016 Impreza, which will go on the market later this year, is the first vehicle to be based on what they’re calling the “Subaru Global Platform,” which will be the basis of the company’s vehicles going forward.
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Subaru’s parent company, Fuji Heavy Industries, has announced that the 2016 Impreza, which will go on the market later this year, is the first vehicle to be based on what they’re calling the “Subaru Global Platform,” which will be the basis of the company’s vehicles going forward.

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According to the company, by having a single unified design concept, it will be able to scale the platforms as required by the particular vehicle being developed. The platform is sufficiently flexible so that it can accommodate conventional gasoline powertrains as well as hybrids and fully electric systems.

There are a variety of benefits that are being derived, such as reducing the engineering costs for additional vehicles. What’s more, they will be able to produce platform components for multiple models in a single production facility, and provide the ability to have mixed vehicle production in its two Japan factories and one U.S. plant.

Development objectives for the platform were to provide a “dynamic feel” for its vehicles and to increase the levels of safety provided.

Both of these seem to be predicated on the use of high-strength steels, including hot-stamped materials.

That is, according to Subaru, the new platform provides a much more rigid body and chassis—an increase on the order of 70 to 100 percent. This not only improves the ride, but the company notes that the enhanced rigidity contributes to a 40 percent improvement in impact energy absorption, and this is largely due to the “increased use of high-tensile steel plates” in the structure.

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