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     Subaru of America, Inc.


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     Subaru of America, Inc.

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    ? New WRX 4-Door and 5-Door Models Adopt Wide-Body Design

    ? Wider Track and Tires Enhance Grip

NEW YORK, March 22, 2010 Subaru of America, Inc. today introduced the new 2011 Subaru

    ?Impreza WRX models, which now use a wide-body design like the brand’s iconic WRX STI

    performance flagship model. The wider body designs give the 2011 WRX an aggressive road

    presence and also allow wider track dimensions.

An approximately 1.5-inch increase in front and rear track, firmer rear subframe bushings and wider

    17-inch wheels and tires deliver improved grip in the 2011 WRX. The standard wheels are now 17 x

    8-in. vs. 17 x 7-in. in the 2010 model, and tire size is now 235/45R17 vs. 225/45R17.

The new wide-body designs mark another major step on the continuous evolution of the WRX to give

    driving enthusiasts an even more compelling all-wheel drive performance package,” said Tom Doll,

    executive vice president and COO of Subaru of America, Inc.

The 2011 Impreza WRX 4- and 5-door models arrive in Subaru dealerships this summer. Both are

    ?powered by a 265-hp turbocharged/intercooled 2.5-liter 4-cyl. SUBARU-BOXER engine teamed with

    a 5-speed manual transmission. This highly responsive engine produces 244 lb.-ft. of peak torque at

    4,000 rpm.

    2011 Subaru WRX and WRX STI /2

    The WRX has been the focus of continuous improvement since its introduction. Most recently, the

    2009 model received the 265-hp engine and a significant chassis tuning upgrade. For 2010, the new

    Limited trim lines expanded the WRX model’s appeal to a broader range of driving enthusiasts.

The 2011 Impreza WRX uses the Continuous AWD version of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. A viscous

    coupling locking center differential nominally distributes torque 50:50. Should slippage occur, this

    system transfers more power to the wheels with the best traction.

The Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) stability and traction control system is standard. Incline Start

    Assist, featured on all Impreza models equipped with a manual transmission, can momentarily

    prevent the vehicle from rolling backward when being driven away from a stop on an incline.

New Designs for 2011

    Both the WRX 5-door model and 4-door model will now feature a wide-body design for 2011 similar to

    that of the WRX STI, underscoring the high-performance character of both models . The new design

    is based on a "wide and low" concept and gives both cars an aggressive street presence. The design

    also maintains a consistent flow from front to rear bumper, creating a distinctive identity and a sense

    of stability in the vehicles.

Significantly, curb weight for the 2011 WRX models increases by just 33 pounds over the “original

    body” 2010 models, preserving their powerful acceleration performance.

In front, the 2011 WRX models feature sharpened bumper corners and wider, blacked-out fog lamp

    nacelles to accentuate the “wide and low” profile. A jutting lip spoiler with three-dimensional detailing

    emphasizes the cars’ sporty intent. The newly designed front grille with black base and blacked-out Subaru wing highlights the headlights’ shape to give the entire front end a more powerful appearance,

    accentuated by larger grille and bumper intake openings.

For the 2011 WRX 4-door model, the wider fenders are stretched out on the side more than the tail

    lamps, accentuating a look of stability. The new design details contribute to an improved drag


Sporty, Spacious and Versatile Interior

    In the WRX models, exclusive carbon black checkered upholstery accented by red stitching sets the

    tone for the sporty interior. The compact layout of the double-wishbone rear suspension helps to

    minimize intrusion into the cargo area, providing a wide and deep luggage compartment. In the 5-door,

    2011 Subaru WRX and WRX STI /3

    the wide and flat load floor can accommodate two Tour-size golf bags with the rear seat backs in the upright position. In the 4-door, which is 6.5-inches longer than the 5-door, the trunk can accommodate three Tour-size golf bags. A 60/40-split folding rear seat further boosts cargo capacity and convenience in both models and the 4-door also features a rear seat fold-down center armrest.

All WRX models are equipped with standard aluminum-alloy pedal covers and driver’s footrest.

    Performance-design front seats integrate the backrest and head restraint into a single structure. As a sporty accent, the instrument panel electroluminescent gauges use indicator needles that sweep the gauge faces upon engine startup.

    The standard tilt and telescopic steering wheel is a three-spoke, leather-wrapped design and features

    ?control switches for Bluetooth hands-free phone function. A new AM/FM stereo with single-disc CD

    player features Bluetooth audio streaming and hands-free calling, iPod control capability, a USB port, 3.5mm aux. input jack and has XM/SIRIUS satellite radio capability (subscription is extra). An available navigation system integrates a vehicle information center and Bluetooth hands-free calling.

Proven Subaru Safety

    The Impreza models are built around the Ring-Shaped Reinforcement Frame body structure with front and rear crumple zones. This design has been proven in Subaru models for over a decade to provide outstanding crash protection. Side-curtain airbags are standard on all Subaru models, as is a 4-wheel disc Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist.

About Subaru of America, Inc.

    Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 600 dealers across the United States. Subaru boasts the most fuel-efficient line-up of all-wheel drive products sold in the market today based on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fuel economy standards. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants, and Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. For additional information visit

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