Charity

Subaru's Share the Love Event surpasses $200 million donated mark

Subaru brought back its popular year-end donation campaign in 2020.

Photo courtesy of Subaru of America, Inc.

You've seen the ads. During the Subaru Share the Love Event, hundreds of Subaru retailer locations donate a portion of each vehicle sale to the charity of the buyer's choice. Those small portions have really added up with over $200 million donated to over 1,440 national and local charity partners over the last 13 years.

In 2020 alone, between mid-November and December 31, more than $20.6 million was donated. "In a year where good news was harder to come by, our 2020 Subaru Share the Love Event represented a glimmer of hope for people looking to help their communities," said Alan Bethke, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Subaru of America, Inc.

"With our retailers, customers, national and local charity partners, Subaru of America has donated over $200 million to help those in need over the last thirteen years. This, along with bringing love into the lives of our friends and neighbors, is just one more reason why Subaru is more than a car company."

2021 Subaru Crosstrek In 2020, Subaru had new versions of the Outback and Legacy for sale, as well as a refreshed Crosstrek, among other models. Photo courtesy of Subaru of America Inc.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek

Since 2015, Subaru has not placed a cap on the total amount of contributions it makes to its national Subaru Share the Love Event 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.

Dealerships are also allowed to select one or two hometown charities for their community to support, adding more than 790 local cases to the annual campaign. All retailers participated in an additional hometown charity donation by offering their own 'per vehicle sold' contribution which generated nearly $5.6 million nationwide. An additional flat donation, which totaled more than $182,000, was also contributed by select retailers.

National charity partners received nearly $7.7 million, while hometown charities received $18.5 million. Additionally, 256 Subaru retailers participated in a vehicle service donation, resulting in donations from Subaru and Subaru retailers totaling $1.3 million.

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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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