Subaru to release first hybrid vehicle

January 29, 2013 12:00 AM

Subaru may have more than doubled in U.S. market share in recent years, but that doesn't mean the manufacturer is content to rest on its laurels. The brand has been planning to release a hybrid model for years, confirming that it was working on a design in 2009, but now rumors are swirling that the unveil of the new model is right around the corner, The Detroit Bureau reports. 

The Japanese manufacturer was pushed to work on a hybrid model after many of its main competitors, specifically other Asian automakers like Nissan, Toyota and Honda, began releasing their own energy-efficient models.

According to Hybrid Cars, Subaru will debut the new model at the New York Auto Show in March before later becoming available in Japan and the U.S. While no details have been released about what the vehicle will look like, past hints as to the technology used in the car have shed some light on what drivers can expect. 

In addition to the improved fuel economy that should be introduced across Subaru's lineup, the hybrid will likely not drive on electric power alone and will boast better vehicle maintenance than existing models. 


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