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Winter 2010/2011

The Magazine for Canadian Subaru Owners


Dynamite duo fiercer than ever


Future Olympians at the 2011 Canada Winter Games


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We creAted A MonSter IntroducIng the 2011 WrX StI What happens when you take pure performance and make it even meaner? You get the 2011 WRX STI. A turbocharged and intercooled 2.5-litre SUBARU BOXER engine powers a fierce wide-body design that conquers anything and everything in its path. Combine that with a performance-tuned STI suspension, an advanced driver-controlled centre differential, and the legendary Subaru symmetrical full-time All-Wheel Drive system, and you have a rally-inspired vehicle that’s the stuff of drivers’ dreams and opponents’ nightmares. Watch the commercial, the extended version and the making-of documentary to see the battle unfold. Visit today. SuPerIor JAPAneSe engIneerIng FroM




*MSRP of $37,995 on 2011 Impreza WRX STI 4-door (BY1-00). Model shown: 2011 Impreza WRX STI with Sport-tech package (BY1-SS). MSRP of $41,595. Freight, PDI, license, fees, registration and insurance are extra. Dealers may sell for less or may have to order or trade. Vehicle shown solely for purposes of illustration, and may not be equipped exactly as shown. See your local Subaru dealer for complete details.

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The 2011 Subaru WRX STI: The wing is back. (And that’s not all...)


The 2011 Subaru Forester: The fine-tuning of an award-winner.


The 2011 Subaru Lineup: Potent, popular and more appealing than ever.


Confident, capable and in control: Your Subaru is a well-engineered high-performance machine – are you?


Great white north stars: The Halifax 2011 Canada Games spotlight our best and brightest.



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Behind the wheel:

A special message from our new Chairman, President and CEO.


Updates from the world of Subaru.

Subaru at the Nürburgring:

A timeline of challenges and achievements.

The 2011 Subaru WRX: More WRX, much more to love.

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A faster frequency:

The story behind Raceline Radio.

Winter wonderland owners: Cars built to weather the snowy season.

Your winter preparedness checklist: Everything you need to cut through the snow and ice.


Designed to blast the winter blues.

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Welcome to the latest edition of Six Star, the magazine devoted to Subaru owners across Canada. Inspired by the introduction of the latest Subaru Impreza WRX STI – a purebred performance car, we think you’ll agree – we have themed this “the Performance Issue.” This theme is also inspired by our recent successes as a company – successes that we must share with all our customers because you have helped make all of our cars, including the WRX STI, more customer-focused than ever before. But let me step back a bit and introduce myself. It’s been a little over six months since I began my tenure as the Chairman, President and CEO of Subaru Canada, Inc. and it’s certainly a very exciting time to be here. This is actually my second posting to this fantastic country; from 1995-98, I assisted the former President of Subaru Canada and was also the Executive Coordinator, Field Operations. At that time, our annual sales volume in Canada was around 4,200 units as compared to our current sales of more than 24,000 vehicles as this issue goes to print. And we're on track to exceed 27,000 units by the end of 2010. So you can see why the chance to return to Canada was an opportunity I couldn’t refuse! Canadians have really embraced the idea of a unique vehicle lineup that offers a blend of excitement, efficiency, safety, quality and reliability – in all seasons and under all possible road conditions. In fact, with our proven


all-wheel-drive technology, Subaru vehicles are particularly well-suited to the Canadian climate, from the rainy weather of the west coast to the snowy roads of the eastern provinces. But we have worked hard to ensure our lineup is equally as attractive when the sun is shining and the weather is warm. Advancements such as our PZEV equipment – as well as the comfort, style and performance found in every vehicle in our fleet – are proof that we’re on the right track. The brand new 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI 4-door is just the latest example of a vehicle that brings together all of these attributes to create a true driver’s car that inspires confidence at every turn. While we are certainly enjoying the positive response from consumers, I can assure you that we will not rest on our laurels in the least, particularly when it comes to performance and safety. Our intention is to continue to build vehicles that will resonate with drivers who value their time behind the wheel. In fact, we have been turning to Subaru owners more and more in the recent past, gathering opinions of our products and using this knowledge to drive future product development. This process has already proved invaluable; just consider the new vehicles we have introduced over the past four years such as the Impreza, the Forester and, last year, the completely redesigned Legacy and Outback.

Our goal is to continue to build cars and SUVs that are safe and fun to drive, but also deliver other attributes that customers want such as innovation, efficiency and a wider range of convenience features. There are other signs that we’re headed in the right direction. Our vehicles have earned many awards in the recent past, including Best Mainstream Brand from the Automotive Lease Guide (ALG) for highest predicted residual value, as well as significant safety accolades from both the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). But the main indicator that we’re on course comes from you, the customer. This year, we have again experienced record-breaking sales as more and more Canadians choose Subaru. We also showed the most significant growth of any Japanese automobile manufacturer in 2008, 2009 and it looks as if we’ll secure this honour again in 2010. So, this is a very exciting time for Subaru drivers and an equally exciting time for me to return to Subaru Canada. I hope you enjoy this issue, you continue to enjoy your time with your Subaru and you continue to challenge us to become better.

Shiro Ohta Chairman, President and CEO, Subaru Canada

Photo: Aldas Minkevicius



Targa: rallying for the kids

Canadian Rally Champions: Three Years Running for Subaru Canada On November 19-20, the battle for bragging rights in the 2010 Canadian Rally Championship came down to the final round, the Rally of the Tall Pines in Bancroft, Ontario. Subaru Rally Team Canada driver Patrick Richard and co-driver Alan Ockwell, the defending national champions, entered the round just two points out of first place, but misfortune ended their rally prematurely. Nevertheless, a strong showing over the course of the six-event season saw the Manufacturer’s Championship go to Subaru Canada for the third year in a row, the ninth time since 2000 and the tenth time overall. Richard and Ockwell led the Subaru brigade by winning one event, placing second in three others and finishing in second place overall. Tying that team for second place was a privateer Subaru entry, Craig Henderson and Lyne Murphy. The duo from New Richmond, Quebec, piloted

their 2005 Subaru Impreza WRX STI to second place in the final round, earning a shared runner-up position and, more importantly, securing Subaru the Manufacturer’s Championship. Yet another privateer team, Bruno Carré and Yvan Joyal of Laval, Quebec, won the season’s opening round in their 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX STI, led the standings through the midpoint of the season and eventually finished fourth overall. In fact, Subaru vehicles took five of the top six positions in the championship, a testament to the cars’ rugged durability and outright speed. For those of you who missed the action in person, check your local listings for the TSN/RDS broadcast of the Rally of the Tall Pines. You can also catch the 2010 Year in Review and the 2011 Preview on TSN/RDS on January 1, 2011. The Canadian Rally Championship is presented by Subaru Canada, Inc. and supported by Yokohama Tire (Canada).

Now in its ninth year, Targa Newfoundland has become a staple on the Canadian motorsport calendar. One of the only three such events in the world – competitions in New Zealand and Tasmania being the other two – this tarmac car rally takes place each September across the eastern and central parts of the province. Beginning and ending in St. John’s, the rally encompasses close to 2,200 kilometres of driving; of that total, some 500 kilometres are comprised of competitive runs against the clock held on closed roads, many of them through the small communities that dot the coastline. There are two separate categories at Targa Newfoundland: Grand Touring, a time/speed/ distance competition that rewards precise driving, and Targa, a flat-out competition for specially prepared vehicles where speed counts above all else. This year, the event once again featured many inspiring performances – two of them coming from a pair of Subaru dealers proudly flying the six-starred flag. After five straight days of tough competition, Mike Davenport and Shawn Monette, representing Davenport Subaru of Orillia, Ontario, finished third in the Modern class and fifth overall in the same 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX Sport Wagon that won the Targa competition back in 2003. Jon Howard and Paul Dyer from Capital Subaru of St. John’s piloted their modified 2004 Subaru WRX Sport Wagon to 11th place in the Modern class. Even better, the two dealer principals teamed up to form Rally for the Kids, a joint fundraising effort to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) in their respective communities. The final tally showed Davenport raising $22,478 for BBBS Orillia, while the Capital crew garnered $15,000 for BBBS Eastern Newfoundland. Next year marks the historic 10th anniversary of Targa Newfoundland and the competition promises to be tougher and more popular than ever before. For more information on this unique motorsport event, visit


LA Auto Show: concept unveiling

On November 17, 2010, Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI) revealed a major surprise by pulling the covers off the Subaru Impreza Concept before the global media at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The first concept to be released since the development of Subaru’s new brand statement – Confidence in Motion – this vehicle hints at a possible design direction for future Impreza models. The exterior certainly attracted a lot of attention from onlookers, photographers and camera crews alike; they were no doubt taken with the vehicle’s simple, clean lines and powerful fender arches that create a dynamic, confident look. Other notable features include the low, wide stance and high-lustre aluminum alloy wheels in a 10-spoke design. The Impreza Concept also showcases a rich, 4-seat interior that promises a spacious, safe and comfortable ride. The designers have used high-quality materials throughout the cabin, including platinum double-stitched leather. The driving environment is highlighted by a large multi-function display in the centre panel; this touchscreen feature comprises three different displays for the navigation system, audio system and vehicle information. The concept also sees the introduction of a brand new EyeSight system, which first debuted on the SUBARU HYBRID TOURER CONCEPT at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show last October. This advanced driving assist system employs a stereo camera with added communication technologies (both vehicle-to-vehicle and road-to-vehicle) to see and respond to a wide range of driving conditions and hazards in real time. Under the hood, the Impreza Concept is equipped with a next-generation 2.0-litre 4-cylinder naturally aspirated SUBARU BOXER engine; linked to this engine, is a Subaru symmetrical full-time AWD drivetrain. While the Subaru Impreza Concept is, after all, still just a “theoretical vehicle,” it definitely paves the way for a future line of production models that promise more excitement, luxury, safety and dynamic performance than ever before.



Bigger, better:

A new Ronald McDonald House for Toronto Subaru Canada, Inc. continues to be actively involved with Ronald McDonald House Toronto (RMH Toronto) and the near future promises to be a very exciting time for this incredibly worthy cause. Since 1981, RMH Toronto has provided a “home away from home” for out-of-town families whose children are receiving medical care in a Toronto hospital. However, the fact of the matter is, the current facility is not large enough to house the many families required to stay for extended periods of time – the average stay is 51 days. But there is hope: A new House is being built with 96 bedrooms to serve 80 families, including 15 suites for families requiring longer stays. When it’s complete, it will serve nearly three times as many families as the existing house and it will be the largest RMH in the world. The fundraising goal for

the project is $34 million and, thus far, $31.5 million has been raised. Each year, Subaru Canada is proud to donate a vehicle to RMH Toronto for out-of-town families to use for running errands such as buying groceries and other necessities; this year, the House received a brand new 2011 Subaru Outback. Subaru also helps out through the Home for Dinner program, which sees Subaru Canada employees from head office prepare a home-cooked meal for families staying in the House. But perhaps

the most popular element of our involvement – as far as the children are concerned, at least – is the rally-themed room, which is decorated with posters and other bold Subaru paraphernalia. The groundbreaking for the new House took place on March 17, 2010. If everything goes according to plan, the House will open in the fall of 2011. If you are interested in making an online donation or for more information, please visit


Hey students! Don’t feel left out.

Your hard work has paid off in more ways than one! Through our Graduate Reward Program, Subaru Canada, Inc. is proud to offer a $750 cash rebate† to qualified college and university graduates who purchase a new Subaru vehicle. Eligible participants must be within four months of graduation, or have graduated in the current year or previous two calendar years from a recognized university undergraduate degree program or two-year college program (48 weeks minimum). Rebate is applicable to new, unregistered vehicles only. Lifetime limit of one graduate rebate per qualified buyer. Vehicle must be registered in the graduate’s name. Graduate rebate is over and above most consumer retail offers available from Subaru Canada, Inc. but cannot be combined with any other rebate or employee discount. Offer is non-transferable.


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At Subaru, we take great pride in our sponsorship of athletic competitions such as Subaru Ironman Canada. But one of our own, Western District Sales Manager (DSM) Larry Feagan, takes it one big step further. When his region was approached in 2007 by Lifesport Coaching to be the title sponsor of a new western triathlon series, Feagan became actively involved in more than just sponsorship. That year, he attended his first Canadian Ironman event and this began a new kind of journey – training to become a triathlete himself. “I trained hard the rest of the 2007 and 2008 season,” Feagan recounts. “I found myself at the starting line for the swim in August 2008 and haven’t missed a Subaru Ironman Canada since.” It takes a big effort to balance career and family commitments with his love for triathlons, but this DSM has found a way to make it work: “I compete in six triathlons plus each year and train year-round. This sport becomes a lifestyle. During heavy training periods, I work out twice a day – first thing in the morning and then again after work.” Some of the Subaru dealers he connects with on a regular basis are competing in triathlons as well, so Feagan sets up training sessions together with them. And his family allows him the luxury of training on weekend mornings and weeknights after work. The hard work and sacrifice have paid off: In the 2010 Subaru Ironman Canada, he recorded his second-fastest swim, fastest bike and second-fastest run to complete the race in just over 14 hours. And what does the future hold for this dedicated professional? “As long as Subaru Canada, Inc. is part of Ironman, you will see the 'Subaru Guy' swimming, biking, running and promoting one of the most incredible events that I have ever had the pleasure to participate in.”


Ironman Canada A record number of athletes – 2,780 to be precise – participated in the 28th annual edition of the Subaru Ironman Canada in Penticton, BC, on August 29, 2010. After a gripping event that saw the two leaders in the men’s division race neck-and-neck until the last few moments, Viktor Zyemtsev from the Ukraine came away with the win, the seventh of his career. Finishing just 13 seconds behind was Germany’s Christian Brader with a tough, somewhat disheartening yet ultimately rewarding result. Top Canadian finisher was Kyle Marcotte of Calgary, who finished in fifth place, completing the grueling event just over eight minutes off the pace of the winner. In the women’s division, Meredith Kessler from the USA claimed victory and her first Subaru Ironman Canada title. Two Canadian athletes featured prominently among the leaders: Heather Wurtele of Kelowna, BC, finished second to Kessler, while Gillian Moody of Vancouver, BC, claimed fourth place in the end. Subaru Canada extends its thanks to all the athletes, spectators, volunteers and officials who continue to make Subaru Ironman Canada one of the most important events on the calendar. For more information, please visit

Top Five Women

Top Five Men 1. Viktor Zyemtsev, UKR


1. Meredith Kessler, USA


2. Christian Brader, GER


2. Heather Wurtele, CAN


3. Stephan Vuckovic, GER


3. Mackenzie Madison, USA 9:34:51

4. Petr Vabrousek, CZE


4. Gillian Moody, CAN


5. Kyle Marcotte, CAN


5. Christie Sym, AUS


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$750 CASH BACK REBATE In appreciation of those who participate in our sponsorships, we are offering a $750 cash back rebate* on the purchase or lease of a new Subaru vehicle.

Subaru Canada is committed to promoting healthy, active lifestyles for Canadians through all of our sponsorships. REBATE* AVAILABLE TO: • Golf Fore the Cure participants • Subaru Ironman Canada, Subaru Ironman Muskoka 70.3 and all Subaru title-sponsored Triathlon Series or Subaru Running Series participants • Canadian Ski Instructors’ Alliance (CSIA) members • Canadian Association of Rallysport (CARS) members *Valid on the purchase or lease of any new Subaru vehicle acquired from any Canadian Subaru dealer. Only one rebate per customer and cannot be combined with any other offer. Visit > buying a subaru > current promotions > national promotions for eligibility and full program details.


Subaru Canada: Active and involved In the past few years, our support of athletic competition in this country has grown significantly, and we now sponsor no fewer than six separate triathlon and running series: The Subaru Triathlon Series, the Subaru Western Triathlon Series, the Subaru East Coast Triathlon Series, the Subaru of Hamilton Niagara Running Series, Subaru Ironman Muskoka 70.3 and Subaru Ironman Canada. These series make Subaru Canada the largest single sponsor of triathlons in the country – a fact that makes all of us very proud. For 2010, there have been some significant developments to these series, changes that reflect the growing popularity of running and triathlons in this country.

For example, the Western Series continues to show strong growth with the first-ever event in Banff taking place this past September 11. With the addition of this Olympic-distance event, the series now comprises five races. The other big news for our races across the country is that Subaru dealers are becoming more involved all the time. Another popular western race, the official Ironman Calgary 70.3, has enjoyed the support of Centaur Subaru for the past two years. And the Niagara Running Series is now presented by Subaru of Hamilton in conjunction with Subaru Canada. All told, close to 50,000 people will participate in a Subaru-sponsored triathlon or running event by the end of

this year. We are thrilled that our support of these series is resonating so strongly with Canadians from coast to coast. When we first started this sponsorship direction, we did so with the goal of encouraging people just like you to maintain your physical fitness and to get out and experience the great outdoors firsthand. These series represent a great way for people of all ages and skill levels to compete in a variety of events, from kids’ fun runs to introductory triathlons to elite events that attract the world’s very best athletes. At Subaru Canada, we are proud to have played a role in introducing Canadians to events that are both great fun and a great way to stay in shape.

A great game, a great cause

Giving ski instructors the edge

Subaru Canada, Inc. championed Golf Fore the Cure as presenting sponsors for the fourth consecutive year. This charity event created by Golf Canada – a member-based organization governed by the Royal Canadian Golf Association – is designed to help grow the sport with women of all skill levels. The purpose of the event is to encourage women to participate in golf through the use of fun activities while raising money for the fight against breast cancer. This year, the event raised over $700,000 to support this cause. SCI is proud to help promote the sport in Canada and to stand alongside the many compassionate women in this country who are seeking to make a difference. For more information, to make a donation or to get involved, visit

Another sponsorship initiative sees Subaru Canada, Inc. support the Canadian Ski Instructors’ Alliance (CSIA). This organization trains and certifies Canadian ski instructors through a four-tiered certification program; the ultimate goal is to develop the highest quality of instructors for snow schools across the country. For more information, visit their website at


ONLINE, IN TOUCH AND ENGAGED Now it’s easier than ever to stay current on all the latest Subaru Canada news and information. On our corporate site,, we’ve made countless improvements in terms of content, functionality and ease of navigation. Visitors can now go online to find owner’s manuals and brochures for past and current model year vehicles. In addition, the Subaru Symmetry line of merchandise is now available to view online. You can also track all things Subaru on Facebook, become an avid follower of us on Twitter and enjoy the latest vehicle unveilings, technology demonstrations or rally clips on our YouTube channel.

There’s another exciting component to our expanded online presence: This online community was designed for people to share information about their favourite outdoor activities, training locations and more. As the name suggests, the idea behind the community is to inspire people to get out more and raise the bar on their outdoor adventures in terms of excitement and, well, adventure. Sound intriguing? Simply visit the web page and join today! News gathering, networking and viewing – it’s all online and it’s all improved, giving you more ways to connect with all things Subaru.

Twitter: Get the latest news and read the latest vehicle reviews by following us on Twitter.

Mobile site: Find Subaru-related information while you’re on the move and research our vehicles on the fly.

Facebook: Join the official Subaru Canada Facebook page to connect with other Subaru owners, get updated on recent information and view official event photos.

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NEWS Get Out More: An online community inspiring people to experience outdoor adventure like never before!

YouTube: Check out the official Subaru channel to view our latest commercials, championship-winning rally action and product-related videos.

QR CODES Each small square shown above contains a code capable of accessing the correct web page in an instant via your mobile device. Just use the camera on your smartphone to snap the tag and away you go! Don’t have a QR code reader yet? Just go to to automatically install a reader on your smartphone.

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The wing is Back! (And that’s not all...)

In terms of tall orders, it’s no mean feat to take a car that has rightfully attained the status of legend and improve upon it. For over a decade now, driving enthusiasts around the world have praised the Subaru Impreza WRX STI for its unique ability to produce heart-pumping performance on all types of roads and under all sorts of conditions. With each successive model, the WRX STI has improved – more speed, more grip, greater cornering capability, bigger thrills. But the brand new 2011 WRX STI may represent the biggest improvement yet because this vehicle offers more bang for the buck than ever before. The WRX STI project team was guided by a single vision: To give the driver more confidence behind the wheel through a closer connection to the car and more direct feedback from the road. The goal was to take a great performer to the next level of performance and, by all accounts, they’ve succeeded.

In other news: Yes, the wing is back. The 4-door version of the WRX STI – the shape that helped to build that legend as it raced from one corner of the globe to the next in pursuit of the FIA World Rally Championship – has returned to prominence once again, thrust into the spotlight by the return of a massive rear wing spoiler. Of course, there’s more to the new WRX STI than truckloads of downforce – much more. For example, the handling is sharper and stability has improved, creating the heightened confidence that comes from both. Plus, for the record, that giant rear wing has been expertly shaped in order to maximize the driver’s field of vision through the rear window. But this is just one of the reasons why the new WRX STI is a significant improvement over the previous version, which was already considered one of

the very best sports cars in the world for under $50,000. More on these enhancements later, though, as we spend a bit of time reminding you of why the WRX STI is an honest-togoodness automotive icon. (Sidebar: The base price for the new WRX STI is a shockingly low $37,995.) There are some things that remain unchanged from the 2010 model year for one main reason: There was no reason for change. Example: The highperformance 2.5-litre turbocharged and intercooled 4-cylinder SUBARU BOXER. With 305 horsepower and 290 lb-ft of torque under foot, this engine has the potential to make every moment behind the wheel a thrilling adventure. Acceleration is mighty, around-town driveability is immense and fuel efficiency is surprisingly impressive. Another key aspect to this incredibly

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wrx sti At a glance: • 305 hp, 2.5L 4-cylinder horizontally opposed high performance SUBARU BOXER engine with high-pressure turbocharger, high-capacity intercooler and SI-DRIVE • 6-speed close-ratio Manual Transmission (6MT) with Hill Holder system • Multi-mode Driver Controlled Centre Differential (DCCD) • Multi-mode Vehicle Dynamics Control system • Enhanced STI sport-tuned suspension system • Large (5-door) or massive (4-door) rear spoiler • Available glass sunroof

PIONEER® AVIC MEDIA SYSTEM The available Pioneer AVIC navigation/audio system offers all the bells and whistles, including your choice of music through the AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA tuner, a navigation system with SD card featuring 12 million points of interest, iPod®/USB audio integration with song title and artist display and Bluetooth® hands-free connectivity. Plus the detachable touchscreen allows you to update settings from the comfort of your home.

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versatile engine is its inherent smoothness, allied with the SI-DRIVE engine management system that enables the driver to pick one of three settings ranging from maximum attack to optimum fuel economy. But for the serious driver who likes his fair share of control over the proceedings, the appeal of the WRX STI doesn’t end there. This potent vehicle also comes standard with a short-throw 6-speed manual transmission that is engineered for quick shifts and bulletproof durability. Also standard: The multi-mode Driver Controlled Centre Differential (DCCD) with four different settings that control the electromechanical centre differential. This feature is perfect for everything from powering through a snowdrift to hitting your favourite bone-dry country road. With these same, diverse objectives in mind, the WRX STI also features a multi-mode Vehicle Dynamics Control system with three different settings ranging from full on to fully off. To top it all off, the WRX STI benefits from serious “stop-fast” parts – a braking system from the Italian masters at Brembo®, complete with 4-wheel

ventilated disc brakes, Brake Assist, Electronic Brake-force Distribution and 4-channel/4-sensor Super Sport ABS. All of this automotive excellence is wrapped in an outer shell that is undeniably fierce. Whether your personal favourite is the 4-door – with its more prominent wing – or the 5-door, one thing is certain: You probably appreciate your fair share of attention. And then some. If this is the case, it makes sense that the WRX STI is parked in your driveway. Witness the bulging bodywork, the gaping hood scoop, fender vents like incisions from a surgeon’s steady hand, sculpted rear underbody diffuser, quad-tipped exhaust, lightweight 18-inch wheels and aerodynamic ground effects: Everything has a purpose here – and that purpose is pure performance. The optional Sport-tech Package is purposeful in another way: contents include a power sunroof, automatic climate control, High Intensity Discharge headlights, fog lights and a new Pioneer AVIC media system with navigation and a number of other multimedia and advanced audio features including Pioneer A-series front speakers.

“The WRX STI proved to be as track ready as anything in the segment, including those speedsters that cost thousands more.” – Graeme Fletcher, National Post

Finally, we arrive at the “what’s new” section of this article; the major development that has made the 2011 Subaru WRX STI the best ever: the suspension system. While many manufacturers think that more performance only comes from a more powerful engine, the engineers at Subaru know different. Straight-line speed does not inspire confidence; in fact, it can create the opposite. But great reserves of power combined with precise steering, surefooted handling and remarkable braking can make competent drivers feel very secure in their surroundings. This is the approach that the WRX STI project team took with the new car – and exactly how they’ve managed to develop a car that is significantly faster than its predecessor around the unforgiving Nürburgring Nordschleife. The new WRX STI features an STI sport-tuned inverted strut-type front suspension and double-wishbone rear suspension including revised lower control arms with pillow ball bushings and thicker front and rear anti-roll bars. These components work together to create optimum stability and tire contact while reducing understeer during cornering.

In addition, the ride height has been lowered to produce sharper cornering and more immediate steering response. Finally, the entire STI sport-tuned suspension system was made stiffer and enhanced for greater precision after extensive testing around – you guessed it – the Nürburgring. For more than 20 years, Subaru has used this daunting race circuit to develop cars; no surprise considering the track is over 20 kilometres long, features countless elevation changes, and has no fewer than 73 turns of varying degrees of difficulty. The surface of the track can also change from one corner to the next, so it represents a true test of stability and handling. After all the testing, fine-tuning and recalibrating was completed, a run against the clock was organized. Of late, a quick lap around the Nürburgring is the way many manufacturers measure the performance capabilities of their vehicles. The chief protagonist this time around: The 2011 Subaru WRX STI 4-door test vehicle, driven by 4-time World Rally Champion Tommi Mäkinen. In the end, the run produced a time of 7:55.00, the fastest ever for a WRX STI – and quicker than numerous much more expensive cars. It’s worth noting that this lap time was produced despite the new WRX STI having the same top speed as the previous version; this means that all the time gained by the new car was gained in the corners. The end result: The new WRX STI is the fastest ever around corners of every type – and the best ever in terms of intuitive feedback and enhanced driver control. (In other words, mission accomplished.)

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STI: The “go-fast” division Formed in 1988, Subaru Tecnica International is the motorsports division of Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI), the parent company of Subaru Canada. The abbreviated form of the division name, STI, is also the moniker given to the highest performing of all the Subaru models – the WRX STI. Although FHI had been involved in the World Rally Championship (WRC) to some extent as far back as 1980, the company began STI in order to launch a more serious and far bolder attack on this grueling series. In partnership with Prodrive, a UK-based motorsports company, STI fielded teams in the world’s toughest rallies from 1990-2008 – capturing 47 wins, three manufacturer’s titles and three driver’s titles along the way. This strong rally heritage gave rise to another aspect of the STI business: factory-approved performance parts and accessories for street and racing applications in various markets and for various Subaru models. There are also STI versions of the Impreza, Legacy and Forester that have been sold in certain markets, but the WRX STI is the only such vehicle available in North America. The division was responsible for tuning the unique aspects of this purebred performer, including the Driver Controlled Centre Differential, limited-slip front and rear differentials, racy 6-speed manual transmission and high-output turbocharged SUBARU BOXER engine. The STI logo is easily recognized by its distinctive lettering, which always appears in a colour called “cherry blossom red” even though it seems pink to the naked eye. This logo is visible on the instrument panel, steering wheel, seats, shift lever console and trunk lid of the 2011 Subaru WRX STI... and imprinted on the hearts of true enthusiasts all over the world.

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Relentless refinement: Subaru at the NÜrbuRgring The NÜrburgring Nordschleife is more than just a legendary racetrack – it’s a punishing test bed that can highlight weaknesses in the set-up of virtually any car. This is why the world’s top manufacturers – including Subaru – visit the circuit in efforts to fine-tune their product before releasing it to the general public. The thinking is this: If your vehicle can lap the ‘Ring quickly and safely, it can handle anything the average public road can dish out. Here’s a timeline documenting Subaru’s involvement with testing at the NÜrburgring.

FIRST GENERATION wrx 1992-2000


1992 Subaru Impreza WRX

1996 Subaru Impreza WRX STi (Japanese specification model)

2002 Subaru Impreza WRX STi

The Subaru Impreza has enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with the Nürburgring. The first-generation WRX was tested there in September 1992 and the information gathered during that run resulted in significant improvements to both the front suspension and braking systems.

Four years later, the first WRX STI visited the German track and the gains were significant. The unforgiving nature of the circuit led to further improvements to the car’s braking system. Most notably, 4-piston calipers were added – an expensive solution, but one that was necessary to create the desired performance.

In 2002, a return visit for the secondgeneration WRX STI was arranged. This time, the car featured a stiffer body, revised front suspension, improved turbocharger and strengthened 6-speed manual transmission. The changes worked wonders as the Subaru edged closer to the mythical 7-minute mark, formerly the exclusive domain of the supercar.

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2004 Subaru Impreza WRX STi (Japanese specification prototype)

2007-2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI

Two years later, Subaru entered the exclusive domain of the supercar. Running a prototype based on the Japanese version of the WRX STI, the clock stopped in under eight minutes, a huge accomplishment. In honour of this feat, 300 editions of nearly the same car – dubbed the WRX STI spec C TYPE RA (for record attempt) – were sold in Japan.

During the development of the third-generation Impreza, the Subaru test team spent countless hours at the Nürburgring in search of more speed and increased safety. The result was a completely redesigned body with improved rigidity and agility. In addition, the car featured a vastly changed suspension system, as well as advanced technology in the form of the multimode DCCD, multi-mode VDC and SI-DRIVE engine management system.

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sti-branded shift knob (6mt)

surround moulding for exhaust tips

Finally, in 2010, the time came to turn back time once again. Armed with a 2011 WRX STI 4-door test vehicle, 4-time World Rally Champion Tommi Mäkinen achieved the fastest lap ever for an WRX STI model. The improvement was traced to the car's ability to generate higher cornering speeds than its predecessor. This dynamic sports car, currently in its 2011 model year, is now firmly entrenched among the exotics.

17-inch gold ALUMINUM alloy wheels


Photo: Aldas Minkevicius

More ATTITUDE, more performance, more WRX

For the 2011 model year, the Subaru Impreza WRX has received a serious shot of adrenaline. Echoing the performance credentials of its sibling, the potent WRX STI, the WRX now features the same aggressive, wide-body design, including flared fenders, sculpted air vents, an underbody rear diffuser, wider tires and a quad-tipped exhaust. The net effect of all these changes is a WRX that boasts better aerodynamics and superior handling characteristics. Of course, the core of this immensely fun car remains the same. Under the functional hood scoop beats the 2.5-litre turbocharged SUBARU BOXER engine with its 265 horsepower and 244 lb-ft of torque. The WRX comes standard with a slick 5-speed manual transmission linked to Subaru symmetrical full-time AWD. This system maintains a 50/50 torque split to generate plenty of traction and grip when it’s needed most. To prove that the WRX knows how to play safe as well, both the 4-door and 5-door models come standard with Vehicle Dynamics Control, ABS, ventilated

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front and solid rear brake discs, six airbags and Subaru’s legendary ring-shaped reinforcement frame. But this car is about more than just safety and performance – it also offers a host of convenience features. Highlighting the list are heated, rally-type front seats, automatic climate control, Bluetooth® connectivity and a MediaHub that integrates your iPod® or USB key seamlessly with the audio system.

Offered again for the 2011 model year is a Limited Package that includes leather seating surfaces, fog lights and a free 3-month trial subscription to SIRIUS® Satellite Radio. With an aggressive new look, a starting price of just $32,495 and a comprehensive list of features designed to please the most discriminating driver, the 2011 Subaru WRX is unquestionably one of the most desirable compact sports cars on the market.

wrx At a glance: • 265 hp, 2.5L 4-cylinder horizontally opposed SUBARU BOXER engine with turbocharger and intercooler • 5-speed Manual Transmission (5MT) with Hill Holder system • New 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels • Available glass sunroof • Available multi-reflector halogen fog lights • Voice-activated Bluetooth hands-free system with steering wheel-mounted controls • MediaHub for iPod/USB audio integration with Bluetooth streaming audio • Available leather seating surfaces


2011 Forester: More of a good thing

Although the current-generation Subaru Forester debuted to significant acclaim just two years ago, the pace of the automotive business is relentless. So, for the 2011 model year, this immensely popular, award-winning compact SUV is even better. Here’s a closer look at its evolution. The idea behind the Forester was to develop a vehicle that would be a true lifestyle enabler. Something with attractive styling, class-leading safety and incredible versatility – a vehicle that made the driving and ownership experience both effortless and satisfying. As soon as the current-generation Forester hit the market in 2008, it made waves. And it won awards – a lot of awards including honours from the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) and Motor Trend magazine. More importantly, though, the 2009 Forester made waves with people who love getting a lot of return on their investment. With standard Subaru symmetrical full-time AWD, the choice of two potent and efficient SUBARU BOXER engines, and a host of convenience

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features, this compact SUV struck a chord with the motoring public. Two years later, that’s set to continue as the 2011 Forester receives a number of enhancements that are designed to keep it at the very top of shopping lists. Perhaps the most significant development is under the hood. The Forester continues to be offered with the proven turbocharged 2.5-litre DOHC 4-cylinder as found in the 2.5XT Limited. This engine generates a healthy 224 horsepower and 226 lb-ft of torque, making this one of the most responsive compact SUVs around. But there’s even bigger news as it relates to the other engine – the naturally aspirated 2.5-litre DOHC 4-cylinder, the first of a new generation of SUBARU BOXER engines showcasing a revolutionary long-stroke design. The engineers at Subaru have pored over every detail of this powerplant, optimizing the air intake, fuel injectors, combustion chambers and the cooling system in order to minimize fuel consumption and emissions. They have also redesigned the cylinder heads; this change, combined

with the Active Valve Control System, gives the Forester more immediate response and smoother acceleration throughout the rev range. All of these revisions serve to make this compact SUV more efficient, more eco-friendly and more fun to drive. For an even greater dose of green thinking, the Forester is also available with the option of smog-fighting PZEV equipment. In other news, the suspension system has been updated to provide increased stability and confidence, regardless of the condition of the road surface. Due to the very low centre of gravity of the SUBARU BOXER engine, the Forester already had a level of stability that easily exceeded that of other compact SUVs. Now, with the retuned suspension in place, it’s even further ahead of the pack. Inside, the Forester has received some upgrades as well: smooth leather replaces the perforated leather used previously, Bluetooth® connectivity is now standard on more models, and the quality of the interior materials has increased for added comfort. The Forester 2.5X is now available with a Convenience Package (4EAT only) that includes a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, the voice-activated blueconnect® Bluetooth hands-free system and

16-inch aluminum alloy wheels. (This is the package that is also available with optional PZEV equipment.) There have also been changes in other areas. The audio system on the 2.5X Limited Package and 2.5XT Limited now boasts a Pioneer A-series speaker system and, as a result, dramatically improved sound quality. These speakers incorporate the latest in audio technology – such as basalt rock composite and carbon fibre, high-strength cone architecture – to produce powerful bass, natural vocals and stunning clarity overall. In addition, the Pioneer® AVIC navigation/audio system on these models features a detachable touchscreen, iPod®/USB audio integration, Bluetooth hands-free calling and an SD card with 12 million points of interest. (More fun behind the wheel... and more fun attempting to get lost.) Over and above all these changes, the 2011 Subaru Forester will no doubt meet with approval because it offers so much. Not only do you get Subaru symmetrical full-time AWD and your choice of SUBARU BOXER engine, you also get a number of other desirable standard features such as Vehicle Dynamics Control, heated front seats and raised-profile roof rails. When you consider all this, it’s no wonder the Forester is both popular and award-winning.


forester Accessories While every Subaru Forester comes generously equipped right out of the gate, Genuine Subaru accessories are available to bring added convenience, functionality or personality to your SUV. Best of all, these add-ons are engineered to the same high standards as your Forester and are designed to fit and function perfectly, making this award-winning compact SUV the ideal lifestyle accessory.

Bring the boat, camper or skis and kayaks along with a trailer hitch, ski/snowboard carrier or kayak stacker – just tow, stow and go!

Keep everything in its place with cargo area trays, nets (rear, side and seatback) and organizers. And if you somehow run out of room, store even more with several sizes and styles of our cargo roof boxes.

Deflect bugs, stones, wind and debris with a hood or sunroof deflector or front and rear underguards. All promise to keep the great outdoors... well, outdoors, while keeping your vehicle’s exterior looking like new.


a closer look at an award-winning lineup

Since first starting to sell vehicles in Canada in 1976, Subaru has gained popularity with each passing year. Of course, this hasn’t happened by chance: The automotive industry is filled with smart competitors and quality vehicles, so it has meant that Subaru has had to forge its own path and offer Canadians a completely unique experience behind the wheel. While the early years were all about convincing people of the benefits of the SUBARU BOXER engine and Subaru symmetrical full-time All-Wheel Drive, that message has come through loud and clear. In the recent past, the focus of the product development department has been to improve and refine these proprietary technologies. Meanwhile, the Subaru research department has been hard at work, asking our customers what they liked and didn’t like about their vehicles. As a result, the current generation of Subaru cars and SUVs is the most customer-centric in the history of the company.

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So it’s little wonder that the accolades and awards have been pouring in of late, from customers, critics and experts alike. For example, all of the 2010 models received a Top Safety Pick1 by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). In addition, Subaru earned awards at the annual Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) Car of the Year competition in both 2009 and 2010. Earlier this year, the 2010 Subaru Outback was named the Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year, beating out 14 other competitors for the title. For 2009, the Subaru Forester was named Best New SUV/CUV under $35,000. To fill out the trophy case even more, the Automotive Lease Guide (ALG) named Subaru as the Best Mainstream Brand for 2010 and we are now the fastest growing Japanese auto manufacturer as well. Read on to take a closer look at some more vehicles within the award-winning Subaru lineup.

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An annual competition to determine the best new vehicles in class and the best overall.

Annual rankings from the leading source of automotive residual value in the world.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety employs scientific methods to rate the crashworthiness of every vehicle, awarding the best with a Top Safety Pick designation.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sets and enforces safety performance standards for all vehicles, ranking each and awarding a 5-star rating to only the best of the best.

IMPREZA Selected highlights: • Sporty 4- or 5-door models • iPod®/USB audio integration and Bluetooth® connectivity • 60/40-split flat-folding seats for fun on the go • Sunroof

2011 Subaru Impreza: Efficiency, fun and frivolity

First introduced to the Canadian market for the 1993 model year, the Subaru Impreza is now in its third incarnation and it’s better than ever. Introduced in 2007, the latest generation of the Impreza has since undergone some minor revisions that combine to make this compact car one of the best deals on the road today. Available in 4-door or 5-door body styles, this potent little number offers plenty of fun behind the wheel, along with the confidence of Subaru symmetrical full-time AWD and the power and performance of the SUBARU BOXER engine. All versions receive a 2.5-litre 4-cylinder engine that is tuned for a winning combination of performance and efficiency; engine output is rated at 170 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque. The low centre of gravity of the horizontally opposed SUBARU BOXER engine also helps out by giving the Impreza sharp handling characteristics. This sets the stage for the fully independent suspension system that makes this Subaru a joy to drive along perfect winding roads, over brutal potholes and across anything in between. In other news, last year’s edition was named Best Mid-Compact Car by the Automotive Lease Guide, an award honouring the Impreza for its strong residual value. The car also earned a Top Safety Pick1 by the IIHS and three 5-star ratings2 from NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). For 2011, the Impreza is now available with a Convenience Package that includes more options, such as Bluetooth hands-free calling, 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels, MediaHub for iPod/USB audio integration and Bluetooth streaming audio. To sum up, then, the Subaru Impreza is an even more intriguing entry into the compact car segment and a serious competitor in the bang-for-your-buck sweepstakes.

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LEGACY Selected highlights: • More than 1,000 km† per tank • iPod/USB audio integration • Room and comfort for five adults • Voice-activated Bluetooth connectivity

2011 Subaru Legacy:

The redefinition of the family sedan Last year, the Subaru Legacy sedan received significant changes, so this year is definitely more about evolution than revolution. The fifth-generation Legacy sedan created a big impression when it debuted last year, earning accolades from the critics and third-party organizations alike. The Legacy earned 5-star ratings2 in all NHTSA crash tests – frontal impact, driver side, rear passenger side and rollover – the best possible score for a passenger vehicle, plus a Top Safety Pick1 rating from the IIHS. World of Wheels magazine awarded the Subaru Legacy with an Editor’s Choice rating in the family car category. Finally, this formidable family sedan was also named the Best Midsize Car by the Automotive Lease Guide for having the highest predicted residual value. Three versions of the Legacy remain available – the Legacy 2.5i, 2.5GT and 3.6R – and there are upgrade packages and multimedia options in the mix as well, including a new Convenience Package model that’s available with special smog-fighting PZEV equipment. The value-packed entry model comes equipped with such amenities as heated front seats and an ECO gauge to monitor fuel efficiency on the fly. All models receive new heated, foldable power side mirrors, while the Convenience Package adds Bluetooth connectivity, a 10-way power driver’s seat and 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels. In other news, the Legacy 2.5GT gains fog lights, aluminum alloy pedals and carbon fibre-look trim for a distinctly sportier appearance. This image is reinforced by a spirited turbocharged engine, a slick 6-speed manual transmission and 18-inch wheels. The Legacy 3.6R features an ultra-smooth 6-cylinder SUBARU BOXER, a power sunroof, twin exhaust and a 5-speed automatic transmission with Manual Mode and blipping control. For a healthy dose of performance, combined with surefooted handling, handsome styling and surprising fuel efficiency, there’s a 2011 Subaru Legacy just for you.

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TRIBECA Selected highlights: • 7-passenger seating • Up to 1591 kg of towing capacity with auxiliary transmission cooler • Rear-seat DVD entertainment system • Harman Kardon® speaker system

2011 Subaru Tribeca: The personification of refinement When the Subaru Tribeca debuted in 2005, it left some observers confused. After all, the company known for building eminently capable all-wheel-drive vehicles for decades had never produced a family-size premium SUV. But it made sense: Subaru drivers can have big families, but they still want the same unique driving experience that only a Subaru can deliver. With its award-winning interior, countless amenities and seating for seven passengers, the Tribeca carved a niche in the mid-size SUV segment. Part of the credit must also go to this distinctive vehicle’s underpinnings; for example, when it first appeared on the market, the Tribeca was one of the few SUVs in its class to offer AWD as standard equipment. Another point of difference was – and remains to this day – the SUBARU BOXER engine. The current engine is a 3.6-litre 6-cylinder that generates a healthy 256 horsepower and surprising fuel efficiency – all on regular unleaded fuel. This inherently smooth powerplant produces effortless performance throughout the rev range and under all conditions, making the Tribeca a real joy to drive on those long road trips. But the performance doesn’t end there. This premium SUV also comes standard with Vehicle Dynamics Control, traction control, 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS, a 5-speed automatic transmission with Manual Mode and blipping control, and 18-inch wheels. Of course, the Tribeca story is not complete without a few words about its strong history of award-winning safety. The Tribeca has repeatedly earned a Top Safety Pick1 rating – the highest possible rating – from the IIHS as well as 5-star crash test ratings2 from NHTSA. Offering plenty of safety, luxury, versatility, efficiency and outright performance, the 2011 Subaru Tribeca represents the perfect choice for those who want a unique driving experience and room for the whole (big) family.

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OUTBACK Selected highlights: • Swing-in-place crossbars • More cargo room than many SUVs • Up to 1363 kg of towing capacity • Adventure-ready voice-activated navigation

2011 Subaru OUTBACK:

Space for everything... including an armload of awards With an all-new version of the Subaru Outback appearing just last year, the 2011 model continues with but a few minor modifications. Of course, there was little need for change because the 2010 edition was named Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). But this isn’t the only accolade garnered by the latest-generation Outback; it also won a Ward’s Automotive Group 2010 Interior of the Year under $30,000 (U.S.) and was named the Sport/Utility of the Year by Motor Trend magazine. With little room for improvement, then, the focus for 2011 was on offering customers more of what they wanted. The 2010 Outback was better than the previous generation in terms of interior space, comfort, convenience features and fuel efficiency. All of these refinements came through customer feedback and this process continued with the 2011 version. For example, new Outback owners expressed the desire for foldable, power side mirrors and these are now standard. On the mechanical side, the Outback is still available with a choice of SUBARU BOXER engine, either a 2.5-litre 4-cylinder or a 3.6-litre 6-cylinder. The former engine utilizes a 6-speed manual transmission or the super-efficient and often-praised Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The well-equipped entry model is also available with PZEV equipment, cutting-edge, smog-fighting technology that turns this particular Subaru into one of the cleanest gasoline-powered vehicles on the road today – with no loss in performance. Of course, the Outback also comes standard with Subaru symmetrical full-time All-Wheel Drive, making this nextgeneration utility vehicle one of the safest and most capable in its class. With a compelling mix of comfort, convenience, fuel efficiency and go-anywhere capability, the 2011 Subaru Outback is a very smart choice.

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Expert car control is mind over matter If you’ve already read the article on the 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI in this issue, then you already know that this purebred performance car was developed, tested and honed on the track and on rally courses around the world. But the truth of the matter is, even though the WRX STI is the fastest of the Subaru fleet, all of our vehicles are developed in the same way and with the same objective: To generate maximum confidence in the driver. Of course, confidence does not come from the vehicle alone – the driver himself must have the skills needed to understand how the vehicle reacts in different situations. Even the best all-wheel-drive system and the most advanced active safety technology cannot

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prevent a driver from making a poor decision at an inopportune time. For example, we all know that driving too quickly on public roads is not a great idea – there’s too much unpredictability out there, too many unexpected scenarios that can arise. Something as relatively harmless as a squirrel can jump into the road and this can cause a chain reaction situation that is potentially dangerous to you, the people around you, other drivers and passers-by. Recent legislation in Canada has called further attention to the issue of “street racing,” reinforcing the fact that excessive


speed on open roads is both illegal and dangerous. In fact, excessive speed is never a good idea – even in a controlled environment such as a racetrack – for a driver who doesn’t have a very firm grasp of car control. The majority of driving schools in this country exist for a sole purpose: To teach young drivers the rules of the road and to help them pass their driver’s licence test. Unfortunately, most of these schools do not teach crucial lessons such as how to control a skid or how to avoid an accident. Skids occur from a loss of grip with the surface of the road; clearly, this is more likely to happen in wet, snowy or icy conditions. Given our climate in Canada, it’s a great idea for every driver here to learn about the specific road conditions that

are most likely to cause a skid and what can be done to minimize the impact of a skid. Depending on where you live in the country, you should be able to find a skid-control school close by. One of the first such schools, simply called Skid Control School (, has been operating in Oakville, Ontario, for the past 40 years. Through their SafeRoads™ Program, they offer a number of different courses targeted for individual needs and they bring their training sessions to various regions across the country. Another unique facility, the Mecaglisse Motorsport Complex ( some 90 minutes north of Montreal, offers a variety of courses from defensive

driving to performance driving. Although programs run year-round, the facility derives its name from the winter training that takes place. The complex features a number of tracks that are watered down regularly to produce slick sheets of ice – and some truly lurid skids. For those drivers who want to take their car control skills to the next level, there are a number of training options that take place in parking lots, at airports and at racetracks around the country. But given that this magazine is about all things Subaru, let’s take a closer look at two training programs that really bring the idea of car control into sharp focus. Subaru has a long and successful history in rally competition and these

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two schools are building on that tradition by teaching genuine rally driving techniques to students – using real Subaru rally cars. Both schools are great adventure travel destinations where you can step out of a rally car and step right into other sporting activities such as mountain biking, hiking and snowshoeing. Located in Snoqualmie, about 50 km outside Seattle, the DirtFish Rally School ( offers a variety of courses from a quick introduction to driving on loose surfaces to a full-on, 3-day rally driver training program. The cars used are a current-generation WRX STI

that is close to showroom stock and a previous-generation WRX STI that has been prepared to Group N specifications. The facility encompasses over 275 acres of land that was a former paper mill and, eerily, was also used as a film location for the TV show Twin Peaks. There’s nothing scary about the training, though, it’s just flat-out fun as the instructors run students through a number of drills that incorporate proven rally-driving techniques to boost car control skills. The Tommi Mäkinen Rally School ( is owned and operated by the 4-time World Rally Champion, who also oversees a preparation shop that builds Subaru rally cars for customers. The school takes place year-round in Jyväskylä,

Finland, and uses some of the same roads that the professional drivers tackle during the famed Rally Finland. The facility incorporates tarmac and gravel roads and, of course, can experience a lot of snow and ice in the winter. The focus of the training is to take the driver’s inherent sense of car control and prepare him for driving quickly in a real rally competition. (If this doesn’t sound like a huge amount of fun, check your pulse.) Now that you have your car control skills honed to a fine edge, what next? Well, when you think of where you are as a driver, it might be a worthwhile exercise to equate yourself to the 2011 WRX STI. This car was developed from our learnings in the World Rally Championship, so it’s a master on lowtraction surfaces such as gravel, snow and ice. But it’s also been tested

Photos: Courtesy of Sean McDonough, DirtFish


extensively on the NÜrburgring Nordschleife, so it has high-speed track experience as well. Here in Canada, we have a number of racing schools that allow you to explore this side of your development in a safe and controlled environment. Again, there are a number of options to choose from, depending on whether you prefer NASCAR-style oval racing, sedan racing on road courses or open-wheel racing like Formula One (F1) or IndyCar. Two of these options have a longstanding reputation for providing safe and effective training using honest-to-goodness racecars capable of very high speeds. Even better, they take place at two of the best racetracks in the country. The Bridgestone Racing Academy ( has been around for decades and offers numerous programs aimed at everyone from the thrill-seeker to the serious up-and-comer. The school takes place at the Mosport Driver Development Track in Ontario, which is a multi-configuration circuit that offers plenty of challenges. The instructors teach you everything you need to know about driving a racecar – in this case, a 170-horsepower Reynard Formula 2000 racecar – including

threshold braking, analyzing corners and using the heel-and-toe technique for downshifting. This school boasts a 25-year record of injury-free instruction, which is incredible considering these formula cars are faster than virtually any sports car on the road today. The Jim Russell Racing Drivers School ( has been at Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant in Quebec since 1969 and is based on the original school that started in the UK. Their racing programs also utilize 170-horsepower formula racecars and comprise numerous courses running from three hours to three days long. The track is arguably the most challenging in Canada, so if you can master your driving technique here, it will serve you well as you go on to visit other racetracks down the road. The school boasts some very famous former students including F1 legend Gilles Villeneuve.

True speed behind the wheel does not happen without supreme car control – things can definitely feel fast if you’re out of control, but that never translates into genuine pace. But with the right type of instruction, you will find increased car control, greater speed and more safety – all at the same time. Approach any advanced driving, skid control, rallying or racing school with an open mind and you’ll come out miles (per hour) ahead.

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erik tOMas

Raceline Radio:

Racing show, roaring success In 1992, a pair of devoted gearheads launched Raceline Radio, the first nationally syndicated motorsport radio program in Canada. Eighteen years later, the show is still going strong with a presence in the country’s 20 biggest markets and a loyal following that tunes in every week to learn all about the racing scene from coast to coast. Some 10 years ago, Subaru Canada, Inc. recognized that this enthusiast program appealed to a lot of the same people who love Subaru vehicles – namely, people who love their time behind the wheel as much as they love their racing. “Subaru Canada has got an interesting product and it kind of dovetails with what we talk about at Raceline Radio,” reports Erik Tomas, who is now flying solo after the untimely death of his co-host John Massingberd in late 2008. “But it also ties in with street performance. There’s a direct connection between their motorsports efforts and what they sell

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here in Canada, particularly the WRX and WRX STI models.” The race series covered by Raceline Radio comprises a diverse group – as diverse as the entire motorsport scene itself. Tomas reports on everything from regional series to the upper echelons of professional racing, including NASCAR, Formula One and the Canadian Rally Championship. Rallying is, of course, of particular interest to Subaru Canada, despite Subaru’s withdrawal from the world championship at the end of 2008. “In terms of rallying in North America, Subaru is still a major force,” says Tomas. “Even the people on the corporate side at [Subaru parent company] Fuji Heavy Industries in Japan, they know what’s going on here. They know [Canadian rally champion] Pat Richard, they know when Subaru is winning, when they’re losing and why motorsports helps them sell these cars.”

As someone who has been a big promoter of motorsport in Canada – part of the show’s mandate is to highlight the next generation of homegrown racing talent – Tomas has great respect for the similar role Subaru has played over the years. “If you look at racing in Canada, the only other manufacturer that has shown consistent support in Canada is Dodge in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series,” he notes. “Subaru presents the Canadian Rally Championship, backs individual competitors and supports privateers who run Subaru equipment. Without their support, the whole thing doesn’t work.” In the same vein, without the support of Erik Tomas and Raceline Radio, the Canadian motorsport scene would be a much poorer place – and there’s no sign of either slowing down any time soon. For information on when and where to hear Raceline Radio, visit: RacelineRadio.aspx.


Halifax 2011 Canada Games: Inspiring Dreams and Building Champions On February 11, 2011, things are going to get really exciting across this country. Notwithstanding the fact that it is the anniversary of Jean Beliveau’s 500th NHL goal, Jennifer Aniston’s birthday, and the date in history that a Nova Scotia fisherman caught a record- (and scale-) breaking 20.2-kilogram lobster, this day will truly stand out because it’s the day when 3,600 athletes, coaches and managers as well as 5,000 volunteers and tens of thousands of spectators will descend upon Halifax

for the 2011 Canada Games. As Canada’s largest multi-sport competition for young athletes, 2,700 of our country’s best and fittest will put their training to the test to compete in 20 sports over the course of 18 days. For many, this will be the biggest competition of their lives. For those of us on the sidelines, we will experience the thrill of watching young athletes as they take their first big step to becoming Canada’s next generation of national, international and Olympic champions.

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Games participants and spectators gather to celebrate youth, culture and sport at the opening and closing ceremonies.

The medals are the highest achievement at the Canada Games. Over 1,065 will be awarded in Halifax this February.

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In February, 2,700 young athletes will come to Halifax to compete in 20 sports over 18 days.

SO, WHAT ARE THESE GAMES ALL ABOUT? Even though this will be the 23rd Canada Games, there are still many Canadians who are not up-to-speed on what this national event is all about. The Games got their start in 1967 in Quebec City where, for the first time in Canada’s history, 1,800 athletes from ten provinces and two territories gathered to compete. Since that time, the Canada Games have taken place every four years, alternating between summer and winter, and hosted on a rotation to every province and every territory. The mandate of these games, known as Dreams and Champions, is to inspire dreams in Canada’s youth, encourage

them to participate in sports and physical activity, and ultimately to build champions by providing the programs, tools and support young athletes need to reach and succeed at higher levels. The last Canada Games took place in Whitehorse, indeed a unique destination for many of the young athletes competing. It was leading up to Whitehorse that Subaru became enamoured with the idea of the Games as well as becoming involved as a corporate sponsor. “Sponsorship is so important to the Games, from both an experience and a financial perspective,” says Chris Morrissey, Chief Executive Officer, Halifax 2011 Canada Games and General Manager of the 2007 Whitehorse Games. As the “Official Automobile Provider," Subaru not only provided vehicles for transportation, but also a warming tent dubbed the Legacy Lounge, which was a very popular meeting point outside the opening and closing ceremonies as well as the


Canada Games – a lasting Legacy From February 11–27, the Halifax 2011 Canada Games will provide Canadian athletes with a tremendous opportunity to compete with the best in the nation and give the rest of us the thrill of watching them bring their best game. Their medals and memories will be their own personal legacy. But, long after those 18 great days are behind us, the legacy the Canada Games leaves with the nation and the host community is something that will last for decades to come. Since the first Games in 1967, close to 500 venues in host communities have been built or upgraded to national standards resulting in the availability of quality facilities in which to train and host other provincial, national or international events. For the Halifax 2011 Canada Games, several building projects, including the new $42-million Canada Games Centre, which will host artistic gymnastics, synchronized swimming and badminton, were undertaken. The state-of-the-art, 176,000-square-foot multipurpose Canada Games Centre will be the premier infrastructure legacy of the Games. Funding came from national, provincial and municipal governments, plus monies raised in the community and through corporate partnerships. The additional $15 million in capital upgrades to existing facilities will allow Nova Scotia to meet each of the 20 Canada Games sports’ requirements and provide a lasting infrastructure for athletes, particularly young athletes, to train and compete in the future.

Along with the Canada Games Centre, other sites in and around the Halifax Regional Municipality received important upgrades. At St. Margaret’s Centre, one rink was converted to an international-size ice surface. The Tower at Saint Mary’s University has received better squash facilities and major improvements have taken place at Nova Scotia’s two major ski hills, Ski Martock and Ski Wentworth. As the venue for cross-country (including biathlon), Martock’s acreage of trails doubled and a new stadium where athletes in both sports will train and compete was built. As the only province without biathlon facilities, this is a boon to competitors in the province. For athletes competing in these Games, their “human” legacy will be in what they take away. Melissa MacKinnon, who competed in her first Canada Games at the age of 19 as co-captain for Nova Scotia’s women’s softball team, says it best. “The Canada Games are about excellence, and from my Games experience, I learned that you can always be better prepared; you can always push yourself harder. At the Canada Games, you’re surrounded by young, motivated, smart, energized people. You simply can’t help but be inspired.” For future generations of athletes aspiring to the greatness achieved by many past Canada Games athletes, the “physical” legacy that past Canada Games have left behind will help them to create their own “human” legacy.

The brand new Canada Games Centre will play host to synchronized swimming, badminton and artistic gymnastics at the Halifax 2011 Canada Games, but will also serve the people of Halifax for generations to come as a multi-purpose community recreation centre.

feature Where artistic and athletic endeavours combine Sports is top-of-mind for the 2,700 athletes set to descend on Halifax for the 2011 Canada Games. But another 39 “artistic athletes,“ three from each province and territory, plan to bring their best game as they participate in the National Artist Program, a key cultural element of the Games. The philosophy of the National Artist Program is to bring together bright and talented young artists and challenge them to use the games as inspiration for their art. In Halifax, participants between the ages of 16 and 22, representing dance, music, theatre arts, or visual arts, will be featured during the two weeks of the Games. Much like their athlete counterparts, these artists will participate individually and as a team. Many will provide performances and exhibitions to athletes and spectators, showing their artistic chops to the largest audience of their life. waiting area for the Subaru-sponsored shuttle bus. “Given the climate in Whitehorse, this nice warm spot was crucial,” added Morrissey, “even bringing Prime Minister Stephen Harper in from the cold.” In Halifax, Subaru will throw its support behind the Games as not only the official vehicle sponsor, but also the proud official sponsor of two events: downhill skiing and short-track speed skating. It is a perfect fit for the company’s sponsorship mandate, which is to support pursuits, especially athletic ones, which encourage people to strive for their absolute best. FUTURE STARS Absolute best is what these Games are all about. The Canada Games have played a key role in the development of Canada’s athletic stars. This is the

place where Sidney Crosby was first noticed by the masses. Other names you might recognize, such as Toller Cranston, Bob Gainey, Catriona Le May Doan, Hayley Wickenheiser, Steve Nash and Adam Van Koeverden have leapt to the forefront of national and international sports recognition at the Canada Games. At the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, 34 of the 79 Canada Games alumni returned with one or more medals around their necks. One of them, François-Louis Tremblay, who competed in the 1999 Canada Games and went on to win medals in the three consecutive Winter Olympics, believes the Canada Games are an important precursor for future Olympic athletes. “When I was in the Olympics, I was much better prepared than I would otherwise have been, thanks to the experience I gained at the Canada Games.”


Katherine Short is hoping that dedication, hard work and lots of practice will help her achieve gold at the Canada Games in Halifax.

A name you likely have not heard of, yet, is 14-year-old Katherine Short. Katherine has been figure skating at a competitive level since she was seven and is hoping to have her best skate ever in Halifax. For her, there really never was a question about having a passion for on-ice pursuits. Between figure skating and hockey, her family pretty much lives at the rink. “I go to school every day and practice my skating two to three hours, five days a week,” she says. “I take Thursday and Friday off from skating.” And, what does a day off look like to Katherine? “That is when I catch up on my homework and spend time working out,” she adds. That’s dedication – and that’s exactly what each of those young athletes needs to get to Halifax. Unlike Katherine, though, many will participate in sports you might not expect. While you would certainly anticipate figure skating along with biathlon, curling, hockey, speed skating, cross-country, alpine and freestyle skiing and snowboarding, there will be many more sports in Halifax that will surprise you. Artistic gymnastics, ringette, target shooting, wheelchair basketball, table tennis, synchronized swimming, judo, boxing, badminton, archery, and squash will all be part of

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the competition at the Games. Why all these seemingly warmer weather pursuits? “The Canada Games is very much about equality,” says Morrissey. “Sports for each individual Games are selected by the Canada Games Council approximately five years in advance. Along with presenting a dynamic field of sports, there is also a mandate to ensure that there are an equal number of male and female competitors, and that all provinces and territories, along with people with physical disabilities, are represented.” Along with the differences in sporting events, the 2011 Canada Games will present a much different demographic than does the Olympics. Of the athletes expected in Halifax, it is estimated that the age range will be between 13 and 21, with the average age being 17. Most, 91 percent, are full-time students who, like Katherine Short, are juggling school and athletics and hitting the gym, slopes, pool or arena any moment they can. And, with athletes from 800 Canadian communities represented, most of us will have a hometown hero to cheer on. A CITY COMING TOGETHER The City of Halifax is the largest city to ever host the Canada Games and, as such, has a lot to live up to. While considerable work has gone into building a permanent infrastructure of

venues that will be availed by athletes for generations to come, there is one temporary venue, built on an area known as the Halifax Common, which has local residents on sheer ice. Since December, enthusiastic skaters from all walks of life have had the opportunity to experience the Canada Games outdoor long-track speed-skating oval firsthand. The temporary venue, with an ice surface equivalent to three NHL hockey rinks, has been open to the public for free public recreation programs and special events. Once competition begins on the oval, spectators will have an opportunity to see the events free of charge. “Our goal is to make this the ‘cool games’,” says Morrissey, “very relevant, up-to-date and engaging for the community. Long-track speed skating is a sport not many Nova Scotians have seen in person so we want the Halifax Common and the speed-skating oval to be hopping with activity leading up to and during the Games.” So, if, on February 11, you are not out fishing for giant lobster or celebrating with Jennifer, tune in to TSN and RDS to watch as these 2,700 proud athletes, who have the sore muscles and blisters to prove their dedication, put their hard work to the test. Will a new Sidney Crosby or François-Louis Tremblay emerge? See for yourself.

tech talk

Built to weather Canadian Winters For many Canadians, the thought of winter can be disheartening, daunting and downright depressing. That’s a lot of “D”s in one sentence – and, conversely, that’s a big part of the problem, a distinct lack of vitamin D during the bleak period that can stretch from the beginning of November to the end of March. But for drivers behind the wheel of a Subaru, the outlook can be much sunnier. That’s because there’s a very special relationship between Subaru and Canadians – and this relationship developed as a result of our (sometimes) brutal winters. In fact, these vehicles are so uniquely suited to our climate, you might think they were designed, developed and built entirely in Canada. Of course, as we all know, every vehicle comes standard with Subaru symmetrical full-time All-Wheel Drive, but we’ll get into the advantages of this formidable system a bit later. What people might not realize is that Subaru engineers have been studying the effects of Canadian winters on their vehicles for decades now. For example, every year, parent company Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) sends an engineering team to Canada to look at vehicles of a certain age and see how they are standing up to the unique challenges of a Canadian winter. In 2010, the engineers visited Montreal and Quebec City and studied a range of Subaru vehicles, each a decade old. In addition, FHI has had rust-monitor vehicles running in Montreal for over 20 years now. These are cars and SUVs that are driven every day for five years in a row and then sent back to Japan for closer study. The engineers there take apart the vehicles and study the effects of corrosion on each and every component.

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Your winter preparedness checklist Even though your Subaru is well equipped to take on Canadian winters, it is always wise to carry the following supplies to dig yourself out of a wintry situation or roadside emergency:  Ice scraper/snowbrush  Bag of sand or cat litter  Booster cables  First-aid kit  Small tool kit  Blanket  Bottled water  Shovel  Tow rope or chain

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What’s clear from these examples is that Canadian winters can wreak havoc on Canadian cars – and Subaru vehicles are designed and engineered to withstand everything that a Canadian winter can possibly dish out. But snow, sleet, slush and ice can do more than just cause corrosion – they can turn your daily commute into the road trip from hell. This is why great time and energy has gone into countless other aspects of your Subaru, two of them being ventilation and visibility. In the mid-1990s, FHI sent still more engineers to Canada to study ventilation systems. Prior to this time, dry snow that would accumulate at the base of the windshield would be drawn into the heating system. The snow could then melt and be deposited on the cold windshield in the form of moisture, which could then turn to frost, reducing visibility. Using this information and with the assistance of Subaru Canada, the engineers completely redesigned the ventilation system so that the air was drawn under a ledge that did not accumulate snow. This redesign has since been incorporated into all Subaru vehicles.

When it comes to visibility, the following rule is pretty much self-evident: more equals better. But it’s never a simple task to maximize the glass area of a vehicle because there are stringent safety standards to be met. Yet the engineers at Subaru manage to keep the A pillar (front) and B pillar (middle) of their vehicles as thin as possible by using sandwiched layers of high-strength steel – in other words, they achieve strength without simply making the pillars wider. For the Subaru driver, this represents a significant benefit – the vehicles maintain a superior level of crashworthiness, but still provide superior visibility, which is especially critical when driving in whiteout conditions. But the legendary winter-fighting capabilities of Subaru vehicles don’t end there. Read on and learn more about how your Subaru is deserving of an Order of Canada for its unique ability to help you withstand our bitter and unforgiving winters. Every car and SUV in the range is designed to ensure the highest possible ground clearance. Take a moment to slide under your Subaru – make sure it’s parked and turned off first, please! – and


you’ll notice that nothing hangs down, everything is placed as close to the frame as possible. This approach to design not only creates superior airflow under the vehicle – and, thus, better fuel efficiency – it also helps prevent snow build-up and enables your Subaru to better clear what your favourite snowplow driver has left at the end of the driveway. (N’ice.) Speaking of ice, even the roof rails on the 2010-11 Subaru Outback are engineered to battle the nasty stuff. They swing into place and back out again, making it easier to clear snow and ice before loading them up with gear for that weekend getaway. It’s worth noting that this design also reduces wind noise, cuts wind resistance and increases fuel efficiency, so it’s a winter win/win/winner. Finally, we arrive at the reason why more Canadians choose to drive Subaru – the celebrated all-weather, all-road, All-Wheel Drive system. It goes without saying that many manufacturers now offer all-wheel drive on their vehicles (Subaru has been doing so for nearly 40 years, but that’s a story for another day). But these

systems can be of various designs and some are definitely more suited to winter conditions than others. The Subaru symmetrical full-time AWD system is always on, so it’s always ready to provide superior traction, grip and control, regardless of the driving conditions. On the other hand, many competitors offer only part-time or on-demand all-wheel-drive systems. So, the question to ask is this: Does black ice give you a warning when it’s about to appear in the road ahead? Answer: No way! A superior all-wheel-drive system is one that is always sending power to all four wheels when the vehicle is in motion. This design makes it easier to pull away from a snow-covered parking spot, keeps the car planted to the road in icy conditions, and creates a more confident feeling behind the wheel when cornering, changing lanes or exploring the other side of that snow drift. Subaru has an AWD system suited to all driving styles and requirements. Some versions maintain a 60/40 torque split front/rear for more predictable driving in both summer and winter. Others offer a 50/50 torque split

coupled with a manual transmission or a 45/55 torque split for sportier driving. Then, of course, there’s the Subaru Impreza WRX STI with its Driver Controlled Centre Differential: The driver can choose among four different settings that control the torque split via an electromechanical centre differential. To complement Subaru symmetrical full-time AWD, all vehicles also come standard with Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC). At the first sign of a loss of traction, VDC automatically kicks in to set the vehicle back on its intended path and, on automatic models, uses the AWD system to aid in the effort. Another aspect of every Subaru vehicle – a naturally low centre of gravity – is also a great benefit when it comes to driving in wintry conditions. The lower the centre of gravity, the more balanced the vehicle and the better it deals with changes in direction, sudden or otherwise. So there we have it: all the reasons why Subaru vehicles are perfectly suited to our climate. All things considered, then, it’s clear that your Subaru is ready for another Canadian winter – are you?

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Give winter the boot:

Genuine Subaru Accessories If you’re reading this issue of Six Star magazine, chances

are you’re already driving a Subaru, the perfect vehicle for our charming Canadian winters. But did you know there are a number of Genuine Subaru accessories designed to help you better cope with this unforgiving season? Check out these add-ons and see for yourself how they can bring greater comfort and joy this winter.

The frost biter The ice breakers On those glorious days when the temperature plummets below –30 degrees Celsius, it can be difficult to get your car started. The engine oil and coolant are too frigid to warm the engine block fast enough. When fuel enters the cold block, it condenses on the walls and not enough reaches the injectors, so the engine can’t fire up. A block heater is like an electric blanket for your engine block, oil and coolant that, in turn, allows the fuel to stay in liquid form and arrive at its intended destination. Similarly, a battery heater helps the battery acid stay in liquid rather than solid form, so your battery has sufficient power to support starting your car.

The snow shoes While every Subaru comes standard with symmetrical full-time AWD, there’s still something standing between your car’s ability to generate grip and the road’s ability to provide grip — your tires. Time and time again, winter tires have been proven to offer the best traction over snow and ice, shortening braking distances, increasing control and providing a safer driving experience overall. If the temperature is below +7 degrees Celsius, your Subaru should be riding on winter tires — full stop.

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While your Subaru can’t melt snow, it can help battle the effects of frost with a remote car starter. A new 2-way remote starter, available for the 2010-11 Subaru Legacy and Subaru Outback (automatic transmissions only), enables you to warm up your vehicle from up to 400 feet away. This system triggers an audio signal when the car has started, activates an LED light on the key fob to remind you that it’s still running and shuts off automatically when the door is opened as an added security measure.

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