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Subaru to co-host first U.S. national litter clean-up and recycling initiative

Subaru will co-host the first U.S. national litter clean-up and recycling initiative.

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Subaru will join forces with The North Face to co-host the country's first national litter clean-up and recycling initiative. Called Facelift: Act Local, the six-day long event, produced by the Yosemite Climbing Association, encourages people to independently get outdoors and safely pick up trash at their local green spaces, neighborhood parks or backyards from September 22nd through September 27th.

The event is tied to Subaru's Don't Feed the Landfills initiative, which is focused on reducing landfill waste in and around America's national parks, the environmentally focused event is aimed at keeping outdoor areas across the country free from landfill trash.

Yosemite National ParkYosemi.te is one of America's oldest national parksPhoto by Eileen Falkenberg-Hull

"At Subaru, we believe keeping the outdoors clean is a gift that keeps on giving, and no matter how small the site of the clean-up is, it makes a big difference," said Alan Bethke, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Subaru of America, Inc. "We encourage our fellow outdoor lovers across the country to take the time to sign up, get outside and make a difference in protecting and preserving the natural wonders of their own community."

"It feels good to do good! If even one person is motivated to get outside and clean up a place they love who wouldn't have been otherwise, this event will be successful," said Allyson Gunsallus, Managing Director of the Yosemite Climbing Association. "We need positive local engagement more than ever right now."

To participate, Americans are invited to create a small team and find a nearby outdoor location to safely pick up, sort and recycle trash found.

Hard-to-recycle items, including snack bags, disposable cups, lids and plastic straws, and coffee and creamer capsules can be brought to a participating, local Subaru retailer, who will have the items responsibly recycled into furnishings like park benches and donated back to the local communities.

Participants must take The Pledge to participate; they can visit Facelift: Act Local at www.yosemitefacelift.com for details and share their clean-up and recycling results and photos on social media with the hashtag, #FaceliftActLocal.

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2022 Subaru WRX pricing starts around $30,000

The new WRX starts at around $30,000.

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The all-new 2022 Subaru WRX is here, and regardless of how you feel about its styling, there's no denying that the car is worth talking about. It's got a new engine for 2022, and while power output is the same as before, the larger four-cylinder is more responsive and provides solid performance.

2022 Subaru WRXSubaru offers a large, vertically-oriented touchscreen for the 2022 WRX.Subaru

Four trims are available for 2022: Base, Premium, Limited, and GT. The 2022 WRX Base starts at $30,100 including a $995 destination charge, and at the top end of the lineup, the WRX GT costs $42,890. Subaru offers just one option for the car: A $1,875 Harman Kardon speaker system and a moonroof for the midrange Premium trim.

The base WRX gets a decent list of standard features that include a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, 17-inch wheels, a six-speed manual transmission, and more. Moving up through trim levels, the WRX adds features that include a larger 11.6-inch touchscreen with navigation, blind spot monitoring, adaptive dampers, and LED headlights. The top WRX GT gets a new drive mode selection system that offers up to 430 different combinations of settings, and new Recaro sport seats with synthetic suede upholstery.

2022 Subaru WRXA manual transmission is standard. Subaru

All 2022 WRX models come with a turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 271 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Subaru says it fitted the turbo with an electronically controlled wastegate and new air bypass valves that improve responsiveness and acceleration. Every car also gets Subaru's all-wheel drive system with active torque vectoring, which shifts power between the wheels that need traction most. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard, but buyers can opt to "upgrade" to an automatic.

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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 SolterraThe 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 SolterraSubaru 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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