--
 
Renault's new Kadjar: Dare to live

Explore uncharted territory with the New Renault Kadjar. #DareToLive

Good debt vs bad debt: Get clued up!

A large percentage of South Africa is currently in debt and what is not always fully understood is that debt is not just debt.

Subaru joins hybrid clan

2013-04-19 08:24
TOKYO, Japan – Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd (FHI), the maker of Subaru automobiles, has unveiled a Japanese specification prototype of its first hybrid model, the XV Hybrid, at the technical presentation event held in Japan on Thursday, April 18.

Making its debut at the 2013 New York International Auto Show in March, Subaru's first hybrid vehicle offers the brand's distinctive driving experience and the company’s unique Symmetrical all-wheel-drive layout in the form of the XV.

STANDARD SYSTEM

The hybrid system includes a motor and a high voltage battery along with the AWD system. Heavier components such as the battery is housed under the boot area, thus ensuring a low centre of gravity and the overall front rear weight balance to stay exactly the same as the petrol version.

Thanks to the motor assist function, smoother acceleration and enhanced fuel economy have been achieved. The hybrid vehicle will hit the Japanese market later in 2013.

Based on the Lineartronic (CVT), the transmission was developed exclusively for the hybrid model with the motor installed behind the primary pulley, while the two-litre DOHC horizontally-opposed four-cylinder petrol engine was partially modified with reduced engine friction.

The hybrid system offers EV (Electric Vehicle) driving at low speeds and motor assist driving at medium speeds to improve the fuel economy.


NEXT ON WHEELS24X
Read more on:    hybrid  |  subaru

Inside Wheels24

How VW's Amarok helps abused victims in SA

Volkswagen's social test drive programme sees the automaker delivering much needed supplies and equipment to disadvantaged communities in South Africa.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.