Fuji Heavy Industries: Subaru Going Diesel

By: Art Gib

Announced earlier this year, Subaru tinkered with its engine design, and after some deliberation and help from Toyota manufacturer, came out with a turbo diesel engine. The engine will still maintain its claim to fame "boxer" engine design that keeps the pistons pumping horizontally rather than up and down.

With all the rage in Europe about clean burning diesels that produce less pollution and get stellar gas mileage, the car choice of Europeans in recent years have been predominantly of the diesel set. German car makers have created some serious draw from around the world, especially in Japan, where several of the big car manufacturers are releasing their diesels in Europe. One of them is the powerhouse Fuji Heavy Industries.

The car manufacturer Subaru, better known in the U.S., is actually a subsidiary of the much larger conglomerate based in Japan called Fuji Heavy Industries, Ltd (FHI for short). The two models that Subaru released are the Outback wagon and Legacy sedan. FHI, the manufacturers of Subaru Legacy parts, had to revamp their design programs to adjust for a new engine based on different physical mechanics. The new designs that when into the engine made it so the engine's center of gravity was lower in the car, upping the handling for what would be a less wieldy ride.

The two models have already landed in Spain and are going on sale soon. Later, Subaru will bring on more of their care model force with the rally legend Impreza and crossover SUV, the Forester.

The Boxer Design and Integrating Diesel Technology

The engine that was recently displayed at the Spain showrooms earlier this year is a 2.0 liter engine Boxer. This will come equipped with an aluminum-alloy cylinder block and of course the horizontal opposing piston set up. With the set up is also a turbo charger at the bottom of the block. It's the first of its kind as both a horizontal boxer diesel in a passenger car form.

FHI is doing its usual updates on manufacturing new models and have already displayed their prototypes in the U.S. and will soon have more models for the car press to cluster around later this year.
Consumers of the sporty Impreza (in world rally) will not have problems finding replacement parts as FHI manufactures Legacy car parts that are often compatible.

It's been circulating the auto world that the number one giant, Toyota may also be integrating their hybrid technology with new diesel technology.

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