Subaru's new Global Platform to underpin future EVs and hybrids
The new platform will provide a single concept for all Subaru models, including hybrid vehicles, plug-in hybrids, electric cars, and other types of alternative power units.
The Subaru Global Platform will be used in the development of all Subaru vehicles from now on, beginning with the next-generation Impreza, due later in 2016.
The new platform brings a number of benefits including improved rigidity through the body and chassis, with a 70% to 100% increase over present models, and a lower centre of gravity.
It will also bring reduced noise and vibration suppression, and improved safety. The new frame structure enables more efficient energy absorption in the event of collision, and because of enhanced body rigidity resulting from increased use of high-tensile steel plates, impact energy absorption is improved by 40% over present models.
Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, president of Subaru parent firm Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd, said: “The Subaru Global Platform lifts Subaru’s automotive technology to new heights, and marks the next step in the evolution of ‘Enjoyment and Peace of Mind’, the value that Subaru offers to its customers. This new platform represents the culmination of the know-how we have developed over many years, and we are confident that it will allow us to produce vehicles that live up to our proud traditions and meet the high expectations customers have of Subaru. We continue to work on designing ever-more attractive vehicles that offer the customer both enjoyment and peace of mind.”