MISSISSAUGA, ON, Feb. 14, 2012 /CNW/ - Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) today
announced that this year marks the 40th anniversary of the debut of Subaru symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD)
vehicles since the Subaru Leone Estate Van 4WD was first introduced in
Japan in 1972. During the past 40 years, Subaru has continued to be a
pioneer of passenger AWD vehicles. In fact, the total production*1 of Subaru AWD vehicles has reached 11,782,812 units (as of January 31,
2012). This is approximately 55.7 percent of total vehicle sales for
*1 including the production of part-time 4WD vehicles
Subaru's AWD system provides traction effectively by distributing engine
torque to all four wheels in a balanced manner. With the combination of
Subaru symmetrical full-time AWD and Subaru's horizontally opposed
SUBARU BOXER engine, the whole powertrain is mounted with side-to-side
symmetry and the transmission sits back from the front axle within the
wheelbase. This layout optimizes the longitudinal-transverse weight
balance, bringing stable traction on a multitude of road surfaces and
driving conditions. Excellent stability at high speeds and superb
cornering and responsiveness are also realized, making Subaru
symmetrical full-time All-Wheel Drive a core technology that underpins
Subaru's core philosophies of safety and driving enjoyment.
Through continuous research and development over the past 40 years,
Subaru has refined its AWD technologies from a basic technology capable
of rough road driveability to the advanced engineering available today,
achieving high stability in rainy, snowy or high speed conditions and
allowing Subaru's AWD system to be paired with a transmission that best
meets each model's characteristics. This latest technology includes
four-wheel traction management, which gives firm and accurate grip
continuously to all four wheels at once. This four-wheel control
expertise is also utilized for the development of front-wheel drive and
rear-wheel drive vehicles, broadening Subaru's driving pleasure to
reach more customers.
These core philosophies - peace of mind and driving pleasure - are a key
component of Subaru's global brand statement, Confidence in Motion, and
Subaru will realize these objectives by continuing to utilize these
- Subaru symmetrical AWD systems -
Viscous-coupling limited-slip centre differential AWD: Mechanical AWD
for manual transmissions.
This set-up maintains a 50/50 torque split at all times to provide
heightened response under all possible conditions. This transmission
and AWD system is tailor-made for those who desire maximum control and
Legacy (MT models), Outback (MT models) Forester (MT models), WRX,
Impreza (MT models)
Electronically-controlled Multi-Plate Transfer Clutch AWD:
Electronically controlled AWD for enhanced fuel efficiency and stability.
Subaru's original electronically controlled MPT (Multi-plate Transfer
Clutch) adjusts torque distribution to the front and rear wheels in
real time to suit driving conditions. The Multi-plate Transfer Clutch
AWD maintains a 60/40 torque split front-to-rear for more predictable
handling, and then automatically adjusts to a 50/50 split under strong
acceleration or when road conditions warrant.
Legacy 2.5i (CVT models), Outback 2.5i (CVT models), Forester (4EAT
models), Impreza (CVT models)
Variable torque distribution AWD: Electronically controlled sporty AWD
for enhanced turning performance.
A compact AWD system that combines the centre differential using the
planetary gear set with an electronically controlled hydraulic
multiple-disc clutch limited-slip differential. An uneven 45:55
front/rear torque distribution is continuously variable using a
multiple disc clutch limited-slip differential. Torque distribution is
controlled automatically up to an equal 50:50 front and rear to suit
road surface conditions for superb stability. By distributing torque
with an emphasis on the rear wheels, turning performance is enhanced to
provide aggressive and sporty driving.
Legacy 3.6R, Outback 3.6R, Tribeca
Multi-mode Driver Controlled Centre Differential AWD:
Performance-directed AWD for maximum versatility.
Tailor-made to withstand the significant torque of the WRX STI, the
multi-mode Driver Controlled Centre Differential (DCCD) allows for the
adjustment of the electromechanical centre differential to ensure
precise handling in all conditions. The Auto mode is for all-around
driving; torque distribution automatically varies between 41/59 and
50/50 (front/rear) as conditions warrant. By tightening the centre
differential, the Auto [+] mode enhances traction and stability on
slippery roads, targeting a 50/50 torque split, front/rear. The Auto
[-] mode targets a 41/59 (front/rear) torque split for enhanced turning
capability and more responsive handling. Lastly, Manual mode offers the
driver a 6-step adjustment of the centre differential locking.
About Subaru Canada, Inc.
Subaru Canada, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy
Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, the
company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories
through a network of over 85 authorized dealers across Canada.
SOURCE Subaru Canada Inc.
For further information:
Joe Felstein or Julie Lychak
Media Relations, Quebec Region