Subaru Will Roll Out Hybrid by 2012

Subaru is already plotting how it will meet the Obama administration’s new fuel standards, and the plan involves the addition of a gas-electric hybrid to the automaker’s lineup.

Ikuo Mori, the president and CEO of Fuji Heavy Industries, which owns Subaru, told the Wall Street Journal that the automaker will use Toyota’s technology to add a hybrid by 2011 or 2012. Toyota owns a 16% stake in Subaru, but the partnership has included minimal exchanges of hybrid technology.

Still, Mori plainly stated that Subaru would “take advantage” of the alliance with Toyota to move forward on the new hybrid. The company will also develop a new diesel engine for several of its models, and the all-electric R1e seems likelier to reach the U.S. as Subaru plans to meet the new emissions rules.

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