World Record

Subaru adds Guinness World Record holder to list of accolades after stunt with 1,751 cars

The Guiness World Record attempt was successful, tripling the number of the previous record.

Photo courtesy of Subaru of America, Inc.

Americans love their Subarus. They love them so much that there's an annual festival that attracted nearly 2,000 Subaru vehicles to it during a pandemic.

The 2020 Subaru Teccnica International Subiefest took place at the OC Fair & Expo center in Costa Mesa, California on Sunday. The event attracted 1,751 Subarus, which formed a line two miles long to break the Guinness World Record for the largest parade of Subaru cars.

2020 Subaru Teccnica International Subiefest Guinness World RecordSubarus from across the country attended the event.Photo courtesy of Subaru of America, Inc.

But they didn't just break the record. They smashed it. The previous best was 549 cars.

In lieu of ticket sales this year, Subaru asked for a donation to Feeding America from each registration who participated in the record-attempt. Subaru has been supporting Feeding America's efforts throughout the pandemic. In April, the company announced a donation that would provide 50 million meals to those in need. Later that month, a reunion episode of "Parks & Recreation" was sponsored by Subaru and raised money for Feeding America.

Feeding America is the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization and a nationwide network of 200-member food banks.

The donations from the participants that took place in the Guinness World Record event will provide 241,800 meals. Subaru will match the donations, bringing the total number of meals provided by the effort to 500,000. Feeding America will deliver the meals to two local food banks – Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and Second Harvest Orange County.

"In these trying times we all search for stability in our daily lives," said Alan Bethke, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Subaru of America. "We hope that through this donation to Feeding America, we can provide the comfort and stability of a meal for people who struggle with hunger in America. We must all stay safe but remember to help others where we can."

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New AWD sports sedan

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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