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New Subaru Global Platform Enhances Safety, Dynamics

March 08, 2016

Photo of Subaru's global platform courtesy of Subaru.
Photo of Subaru's global platform courtesy of Subaru.

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI) has begun rolling out a new global Subaru platform that will enhance safety and driving dynamics on a flexible platform that will enable electrified powertrains in future Subaru vehicles, the company announced.

The new platform achieves a center of gravity that's 5 mm lower for a more stable driving experience. The platform improves rigidity and will offer a much improved suspension system. Increased use of high-tensile steel improves impact energy absorption by 40% to enhance collision safety.

Body rigidity is improved at least 70%, while noise and vibration are reduced.

The new platform also gives Subaru a unified design concept that allows for future powertrain options to enable gasoline, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or battery-electric vehicles.

FHI is pairing the new platform with the next-generation 2017 Subaru Impreza that will reach the market later this year.

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