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Subaru, National Ski Patrol ink partnership extension including avalanche dog sponsorship

The National Ski Patrol and Subaru have partnered for the last 25 years.

Photo courtesy of Subaru of America, Inc.

The National Ski Patrol (NSP) and Subaru are celebrating the 25th anniversary of their partnership this year and extending the automaker's sponsorship of NSP and their programs for an additional two years.

"NSP is thrilled to continue our longstanding partnership with Subaru," said National Ski Patrol Executive Director Meegan Moszynski. "Hitting the 25-year mark means that Subaru continues to support NSP as it evolves and grows, and we value that loyalty and longevity. NSP and its members believe in Subaru and its vehicles; just like a Subaru, this partnership has been top of the line with a consistent focus on safety."

Subaru National Park Service avalanche dog Subaru has sponsored training for numerous avalanche dogs and their handlers.Photo courtesy of Subaru of America, Inc.

Over the last three years, NSP and Subaru have begun transitioning their partnership to a new phase with additional marketing initiatives including the NSP-Subaru Ambassadors. You may have seen their custom wrapped vehicles - there are 10 of these across the U.S.

Subaru WinterFest, a winter infotainment series that tours the country occurring at various ski resorts. At the events, Subaru collects information forms from attendees. For each form collected, Subaru donates $1 to the Subaru NSP Avalanche Rescue Dog Scholarship Fund.

NSP and Subaru have sponsored avalanche dogs and their handlers to attend the Wasatch Backcountry Rescue International Dog School and Colorado Rapid Avalanche fall programs. The scholarship fund helps teams who might not otherwise be able to continue training their dogs due to the high cost of the courses.

"For 25 years, Subaru has relished working with National Ski Patrol on impactful initiatives that make the slopes a safer place to be," said Alan Bethke, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Subaru of America, Inc. "We know our Subaru owners are devotees of winter sports, and through our ongoing work with NSP, are excited to continue bringing fun, safe initiatives to skiers across the country."

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The Subaru WRX is a rally-bred performance car that offers a unique mix of rowdy all-wheel drive fun, a value price, and youthful styling. The car is long overdue for an update, though, and Subaru is doing just that for the 2022 model year. The fifth-generation WRX is all-new, and features a more powerful engine, along with several go-fast upgrades.

2022 Subaru WRX Both a manual and an automatic transmission will be offered.Subaru

A new GT trim joins the WRX lineup for 2022. It features a new automatic transmission, adaptive dampers, and drive mode selections. With various customization options available to the driver, the system offers up to 430 different settings combinations. The GT's interior adds Recaro seats wrapped in Ultrasuede with red stitching. The GT also gets exclusive 18-inch wheels.

Though still a Boxer engine, the 2022 WRX's powerplant is new and more powerful than before. It delivers 271 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, as well as a broader torque curve. Subaru says that the larger engine plus an electronically controlled turbo wastegate and air bypass valves improve responsiveness and acceleration.

2022 Subaru WRX A larger 11.6-inch infotainment screen is on board. Subaru

All WRX models come with Subaru's Symmetrical all-wheel drive system and active torque vectoring, which can shift power to individual wheels that need the most traction. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, but a new Subaru Performance Transmission is available, which features faster shifts and other features to improve performance.

The 2022 WRX also gets a tech upgrade that brings a large 11.6-inch tablet-style touchscreen. It runs Subaru Starlink infotainment, handles HVAC and vehicle controls, and offers split-screen functionality for two apps to run simultaneously. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, as is Bluetooth, SiriusXM radio, and HD radio. An upgraded version of the system also offers navigation with three years of free map updates.

2022 Subaru WRX Subaru will offer a new GT trim with upgraded suspension and finishes.Subaru

As it has done with many of its other vehicles, Subaru is equipping every WRX with its EyeSight suite of advanced driver aids. The packge includes lane departure prevention, adaptive cruise control with lane centering, and more. A new available automatic emergency steering system works with the car's pre-collision braking feature to help avoid collisions at speeds under 50 mph.

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Earlier this year, Subaru announced the all-new BRZ sports car, which is coming this fall to replace the previous generation of the car that was discontinued in 2020. It, along with its Toyota cousin, the 86, get more power, updated interiors, and better technology than their predecessors.

The BRZ Premium is the base trim of the car. It starts at $28,955 after destination. Adding an automatic transmission drives the price up by $1,600 to $30,555. The BRZ Limited starts at $31,455 after destination, which shifts to $33,255 with an automatic transmission.


2022 Subaru BRZ The BRZ's compact size and manual transmission make it enthusiast friendly.


The 2022 BRZ gets a new 2.4-liter four-cylinder Boxer engine that produces 228 horsepower. Part of the appeal of small, sporty cars like BRZ is that they are infinitely more fun to drive than larger, more computerized vehicles. To that end, the car comes standard with a six-speed close-ratio manual transmission. Buyers can opt to swap in a six-speed automatic transmission, but that almost defeats the point of the car. A Torsen limited-slip differential, vehicle stability control with track mode, and 17-inch wheels round out the car's standard performance features.

Inside, the BRZ comes with an 8-inch touchscreen that runs Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, SiriusXM radio, and dual-zone automatic climate controls. A new gauge cluster display can show amps, coolant temperatures, or the car's lateral g-forces, and when track mode is engaged, the tachometer shifts from a circular to a color linear graph.


2022 Subaru BRZ An updated interior and tech are highlights of the new BRZ,

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