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Subaru donates 50,000 blankets to homeless shelters across the U.S.

Subaru is helping communities across the U.S.

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Subaru is marking National Homeless Youth Awareness Month by donating 50,000 blankets to homeless shelters across the country. The donation, which impacts nearly 600 shelters, is an initiative in cooperation with Subaru retailers.

"As we head into the season of giving and the nights get colder, we wanted to do our part to provide warmth and solace for those who need our help this winter," said Thomas J. Doll, President and CEO, Subaru of America, Inc. "Subaru believes in being more than a car company for the communities where we live and work, and donating blankets is just one piece of our commitment to helping those in need."

According to Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, the result of a partnership between the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness, 43.1 million Americans live below the poverty level and 549,000 Americans are homeless on a typical night. One in five American children lives in poverty.

The blanket donation is a part of the Subaru Loves to Help pillar, the community-focused initiative of the Subaru Love Promise. The automaker continues to sponsor community initiates despite the pandemic. This includes its recent efforts to co-host the country's first national litter clean-up and recycling initiative.

Earlier this year, the company partnered with Feeding America to provide 50 million meals to those in need. Feeding America is the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization and a nationwide network of 200-member food banks. A reunion episode of the "Parks & Recreation" TV show was sponsored by the company and helped raise money for Feeding America's COVID-19 Response Fund.

In October, the 2020 Subaru Teccnica International Subiefest set a world record for the largest parade of Subaru cars.

Last March, Subaru announced that it had surpassed its goal and donated over $175 million to 1,170 charities.

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The Solterra is Subaru's first EV.

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Months of teases and rumors are over, as Subaru has just taken wraps off of its Solterra electric SUV. The EV was developed in conjunction with Toyota, whose own electrified SUV debuted earlier this year. Subaru unveiled the SUV at an event in Japan, and while the U.S. version won't be shown until next week, this international reveal gives us a great idea of what we'll see.

Subaru Solterra The Solterra is nearly identical to the Toyota bZ4X in several key areas.Subaru

Since Subaru worked jointly with Toyota on the EV program, the Solterra is more than a close relative of Toyota's bZ4X – it's nearly identical, down to the powertrain. Up front, the Subaru EV splits from its Toyota counterpart with fake grille panels, but the vehicle's sides and overall shape are practically interchangeable. The Solterra's interior is almost a mirror image of the bZ4X, but there's no yoke steering wheel.

The Japanese specs aren't remarkable, but they're nothing to sneeze at, either. The crossover comes with a 71.4 kWh battery that should deliver a 250-mile range by EPA standards. Two drivetrains are offered, including a front-wheel drive version with a 150-kW motor and an all-wheel drive model with two 80-kW motors.

Subaru Solterra Subaru will show the Solterra at the LA Auto Show next week.Subaru

Subaru will announce the North American version of the Solterra next week at the Los Angeles Auto Show. There may be minor differences in equipment and appearance, but the Subaru EV we see here should be close to the vehicle shown off in Japan. Subaru says that Solterra deliveries will start in mid-2022.

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New sports car

Toyota announces pricing for 2022 GR86

The new GR86 gets more power and chassis refinements.

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Toyota and Subaru are among few remaining automakers still building small sports cars. The 86 and BRZ twins are a rarity these days: Two-door, rear-drive sports cars with available manual transmissions. Even so, the cars were down on power and needed structural improvements to truly stand out, both of which they got for the 2022 model year. Today, Toyota announced pricing for the 2022 GR86, which starts at under $30,000.

2022 Toyota GR86 Pricing is reasonable at under $30,000.Toyota

The new GR86 addresses many of the complaints that buyers had about the last generation cars. A new 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is on board that makes 228 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque – both improvements on the previous model's 205 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque. Acceleration improves from a 0-60 mph time of 7.0 seconds to 6.1 seconds for cars equipped with the manual transmission(MT) and from 8.0 to 6.6 seconds for cars with the automatic transmission (AT).

2022 Toyota GR86 Power and torque are both up for 2022. Toyota

Toyota says that the GR86's chassis is stiffer for the new model year, thanks to new front cross-members and bracing under the hood. Engineers focused on weight control for the cars, resulting in a curb weight of just 2,811 pounds for MT models and 2,851 for AT models. For reference, that's between 400 and 500 pounds more than the tiny Mazda Miata, depending on transmission choice.

2022 Toyota GR86 Small sports cars are a dying breed.Toyota

The base GR86 with manual transmission starts at $27,700 before destination and the top GR86 Premium with automatic transmission starts at $31,800. Pricing for the 86 is reasonable, no matter which way you cut it, but there's a bonus that makes the deal even sweeter. Every buyer of a 2022 GR86 will get a one-year membership to the National Auto Sport Association (NASA), which includes the ability to attend a high-performance driving event and admission to other NASA events.

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