Agreed, I dont see them doing the FA motor in the STi until 2020, even then, I'd only want it if it was a wagon.I think the 3 row larger SUV makes a lot of sense. Subaru has the wagon, SUV, and Sedan pretty squared away when it comes to AWD cars and such. However, in order to compete with the bigger rides like the escalades and yukons, a bigger SUV is a great move.
Sedan wise you can go smaller on an impreza or jump a little bigger to a legacy
Wagon wise you can go crosstrek or outback
Performance wise you can go BRZ coupe or WRX for a sedan..or step it up to an STI for even more power/performance.
SUV wise: Forester and then ascent...it makes sense.
Re: Electric vehicle, that will be interesting to see what they come up with.
Our sales goal for the year from Subaru was 688. As of today we are sitting at 751. Still over 3 months left to go!I also like the Ascent and think it will be a hit. I have serious doubts about the plug-in being a profitable thing, and who knows about an all electric. If Tesla keeps the EV hype going as it has been, then it will be a very good thing that Subaru has an offering.
I liked the first sentence, "...nd is setting sales records every month." I sit on my stock and wait for it to take off again.
I would actually love to see a factory turbo brz. idk about awd, but ppl are turboing them anyways. That would be pretty sweet.Here's what I'd like to see:
A WRX coupe or AWD BRZ with a turbo
Convertible based on the above
Redesigned Baja with a turbo
Also I'd like the WRX to move toward the original concept design from a few years ago--sleeker, more aerodynamic
All of the above are probably why I'm not in design and marketing...
Subaru has been conservative over the last few decades. The company appears uinterested in competing in the horsepower wars and I respect them more for this reason.Problem with a brz being turbo (AWD or not) is then it becomes faster and wipes the WRX away. Heck it's so tiny, it has STI potential.
You cannot let your 25k entry level model compete with your 36/40k flagship model.
That's why even the Brz TS or RA whatever they're calling it isnt even turbo. They just can't make it compete.
Also an extremely valid point.Subaru has been conservative over the last few decades. The company appears uinterested in competing in the horsepower wars and I respect them more for this reason.
The BRZ was intended to be a lightweight, NA sports coupe. More power would undermine this strategy and add significant weight.
It would need the driveline and brakes to support the additional power which comes at a weight penalty. I respect that the BRZ knows what it is and doesn't give a **** what horsepower muscle heads think.
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If they added a turbo and made it a bit more robust and charged well into the 30's, well it might do something for sales.
I wouldn't bank on all battery electric vehicles being easily accessible for the common man in the next decade plus. Even with all of this talk of solid state batteries we are still years out for the manufacturing to be viable, costs to be affordable, and the public's willingness to buy.I don't find any of that stuff interesting because it offers nothing that I can't get elsewhere -- and it's usually wiser to just buy a Honda.
They ought to pursue the EV in earnest rather than simply having some marketing guy write a sentence or two.
I don't want to buy anything with an internal combustion engine going forward if I can avoid it at all. This probably excludes Subaru for the foreseeable future.