Community Outreach

Subaru surpasses goal, donates over $175 million to 1,170 charities

Subaru partners with dealerships nationwide to customize their charitable giving based on customer preferences.

Photo courtesy of Subaru of America, Inc.

The annual Subaru Share the Love Event raised more than $30.4 million for national and local charities between mid-November and the end of the December 2019. Subaru of America, Inc. contributed $24 million to national and local charities. Dealerships added additional dollars bringing the overall total to $30.4 million. That brings the total donated during the annual campaign to over $175 million in the last 12 years.

The Share the Love Event sees Subaru donating $250 to the charity of the customer's choice for every new Subaru vehicle purchased or leased at 632 participating dealerships nationwide.

ASPCA and Subaru of America, Inc. The ASPCA has teamed up with Subaru for the Subaru Loves Pets adoption initiative at local auto shows this year.Photo courtesy of the ASPCA and Subaru of America, Inc.

"Subaru of America, our retailers and our owners all share a common bond that unites us; we are extremely passionate about making a positive impact in local communities nationwide, and nothing aligns with our brand values more than the annual Subaru Share the Love Event," said Alan Bethke, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Subaru of America, Inc. "We are immensely proud to work together with our retailers to give back and since 2008, we're honored to have donated more than $175 million to a host of national and local charities."

This marks the fourth consecutive year that Subaru opted to not cap donations to the company's charitable partners; the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), Make-A-Wish, Meals on Wheels America, and the National Park Foundation.

Subaru retailers were also able to add one or two local charities to the mix as options for their customers bringing the efforts of more than 695 charitable organizations to the forefront. Select retailers had the option to add an additional flat donation, which totaled more than $250,000.

Additionally, 221 Subaru retailers participated in a Subaru vehicle service donation, resulting in donations from Subaru and Subaru retailers totaling $1.1 million.

Subaru routinely partners with local and national organizations outside the Share the Love Event timetable. These efforts include rescue dog adoption areas at local auto shows and clean up efforts in and around Philadelphia, near the company's headquarters.

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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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