Toyota and Subaru Agree to Jointly Develop BEV-dedicated Platform and BEV SUV

  • Bringing together their cultivated technologies, the two companies will jointly develop a BEV-dedicated platform (for midsize and large passenger vehicles).
  • The two companies will apply Subaru’s all-wheel-drive technologies and Toyota’s vehicle electrification technologies.
  • Based on the to-be-developed BEV-dedicated platform, the two companies will jointly develop a C-segment-class SUV for sale under each company’s own brand.

Tokyo, Japan, — Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) and Subaru Corporation (Subaru) disclosed today that they have agreed to jointly develop a platform dedicated to battery electric vehicles (BEVs) for midsize and large passenger vehicles and to jointly develop a C-segment-class BEV SUV model for sale under each company’s own brand. By combining their respective strengths, such as the all-wheel-drive technologies that Subaru has cultivated over many years and the vehicle electrification technologies that Toyota is employing to bring together other companies that share its aspirations, the two companies intend to take up the challenge of creating attractive products with appeal that only BEVs can offer.

Ever since concluding an agreement on business collaboration in 2005, Toyota and Subaru have been deepening their cooperation in various fields, including development, production, and sales. Examples include efforts that led to the start of sales of the jointly developed rear-wheel-drive Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ in 2012 and the start of sales of Subaru’s Crosstrek Hybrid original plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) in the United States, to which was applied knowledge related to Toyota’s HEV technologies.

The automotive industry is in the midst of a once-in-a-century period of profound transformation. Starting with responses to the new CASE domains of car connectivity, autonomous or assisted driving, new mobility or car-sharing, and electrified powertrains and components, both Subaru and Toyota are required to conduct technological development with a sense of speed across a broader-than-ever spectrum of initiatives. Building on their collaborative ties thus far deepened, the agreement announced today represents a new area of collaboration that especially focuses on the urgent need to respond to CASE’s “E” domain, or electrified powertrains and components.

In addressing vehicle electrification, due to significant variation in the energy situations of each country or region and in government policies, as well as due to resulting differences in environmental regulations, in the stages of infrastructure preparation, and in market needs for electrified vehicles, efficient and speedy development of appropriate products is a must. Furthermore, the commercialization of BEVs requires the use of large-capacity batteries, and, along with the popularization of BEVs, demands of a new dimension will be placed on battery supply. In addition, stemming from differences in how cars will be used due to maximum cruising ranges and the state of infrastructure construction, sales methods with a new approach will also be needed. These and other issues present a growing number of challenges related to costs, supply, and ways of selling.

To respond with a sense of speed to the diversifying needs of these markets and to multiple challenges, both Subaru and Toyota believe that it is necessary to pursue a business model that goes beyond convention, crossing over industrial boundaries together with various types of other entities that share their aspirations. As a first step in this direction, while accelerating productization by bringing together technologies that represent each company’s strengths and cooperating where possible, the two companies will jointly develop a BEV-dedicated platform. The platform will be developed in a way that will make it broadly applicable to multiple vehicle types, including C-segment-class and D-segment-class sedans and SUVs, as well as to efficient development of derivative vehicle models.

Note from Subaru:Following this agreement with Toyota, Subaru will now shift its existing BEV development resources to this new joint project.Within this new framework, Subaru will continue its efforts to create an attractive BEV SUV for our customers, while improving efficiencies in terms of engineering, development, purchasing, and other areas through the new joint project.

Rugged New 2020 Subaru Outback Debuts at New York International Auto Show

  • Powered by an available new turbocharged 2.4-litre SUBARU BOXER engine for outstanding levels of performance and efficiency.
  • Redesigned Outback features world-class safety, including standard EyeSight driver assist system and available DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System.
  • Available vertically mounted 11.6-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
  • On sale this fall, the 2020 Outback will offer SUBARU STARLINK Connected Services for enhanced convenience and peace of mind.

(MISSISSAUGA, ONT.)—Nearly a quarter century after its debut, Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) is pleased to introduce the safest, most capable Outback ever built.

Unveiled at the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS), the next-generation 2020 Outback features Subaru hallmarks, including Symmetrical full-time all-wheel drive and EyeSight driver-assist system, both standard, as well as new technologies that promise to elevate the Outback to new heights.

Designed for Adventure

Building on Subaru’s “Dynamic x Solid” philosophy, designers of the sixth-generation Outback incorporated an “Active x Tough” concept that expresses both athleticism and strength. With pronounced wheel arches, highlighted by wheel arch mouldings that improve both form and function, and lower cladding reminiscent of a hiking boot, the Outback looks ready for adventure from any angle.

Beyond its rugged design elements, the 2020 Outback also features a sporty look thanks to a dynamic silhouette and fenders that have been pushed out further to emphasize a strong, planted stance. And, of course, the Outback offers an impressive 220 millimetres of ground clearance — a staple of Subaru’s utility lineup — for outstanding go-anywhere ability.

Inside, the Outback’s cabin offers upmarket appeal through high-quality design and materials. Front and centre is the available tablet-style vertically mounted 11.6-inch touchscreen infotainment system, which more closely mirrors the form and function of a smartphone or tablet, while a variety of upholstery choices will be offered.

Elsewhere inside, outstanding outward visibility adds to an already spacious cabin, with expanded dimensions compared to the outgoing model. Adding to the sense of openness is a cabin design that expands outward from the prominent centre stack, with contrasting materials used throughout the lineup.

The functionality of the cargo area has also been enhanced thanks to the new Outback’s Subaru Global Platform (SGP) underpinnings, along with its extended overall length. Through the integration of Subaru’s scalable vehicle architecture, the width between the wheel housings has been expanded, as has the opening width of the rear cargo area.

Accessing the cargo area is easier than ever thanks to an available hands-free power tailgate — the first time such a feature has been offered on a Subaru. The hands-free function works by simply waving in front of the Subaru emblem located on the rear gate, while a one-touch retractable cargo cover, another Subaru first, further improves the functionality of the cargo area.

Contributing to reduced noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) is new sound-insulated glass, which uses a sound-insulating inner film for the windshield and front-door glass, while glass thickness all around has been increased for class-leading quietness. The Outback’s suspension has also been reworked to provide improved ride and handling performance.

Stronger, Safer Structure

Introduced for the 2017 model year, the Subaru Global Platform (SGP) has been optimized for the 2020 Outback. In fact, the vehicle’s structure is 70 per cent stiffer in both torsional- and front-suspension rigidity, and 100 per cent stiffer in both front lateral flexural- and rear subframe rigidity compared to the previous model’s platform.

Contributing to those impressive increases include a 13 per cent jump in the use of ultra-high tensile-strength steel, a whopping 371 per cent increase in the use of structural adhesive compared to the first iteration of the Subaru Global Platform, and, in a Subaru-first, a floor cross-member filled with a highly rigid and lightweight and two-part foam material.

All of that contributes to a new body that absorbs over 40 per cent more energy in front/side crashes than the outgoing model.

Return of the Turbo

Powering the 2020 Outback is the choice of two engines, both designed to meet the needs of Canadian drivers. The first, a new 2.5-litre SUBARU BOXER, features nearly 90 per cent new parts, as well as direct injection and auto stop/start, and increased output and efficiency. The new engine produces 182 horsepower and 176 lb.-ft. of torque and comes mated to a Lineartronic continuously variable transmission (CVT) with paddle shifters and a new eight-speed manual mode. The combination results in quicker acceleration and improved efficiency.

An exciting new addition to the 2020 Outback is the available turbocharged 2.4-litre SUBARU BOXER that produces 260 horsepower and 277 lb.-ft. of torque. Mated to a high-torque Lineartronic CVT, turbocharged Outback models benefit from a broad torque curve, with peak torque achieved from 2,000 rpm through 4,800 rpm.

When equipped with the turbocharged engine, the next-generation Outback is capable of towing 1,590 kg (3,500 lbs.).

The 2020 Outback continues the model’s tradition of offering a smooth and comfortable ride while also being capable of handling off-road conditions with ease. In addition to the standard Symmetrical full-time all-wheel drive, a hallmark of Subaru’s vehicles, the Outback also features standard active torque vectoring, first introduced on the WRX and WRX STI performance models, for improved handling and cornering performance.

The new Outback is adept at handling off-pavement adventures, and includes standard X-Mode to tackle a variety of weather and road conditions. When engaged, X-Mode optimizes the engine, transmission, all-wheel drive system and brakes for optimal traction on slippery surfaces and steep inclines. New for 2020 is an available dual-function version of X-Mode that offers Snow/Dirt and Deep Snow/Mud modes for even more capability to go virtually wherever necessary.

Whether heading off-road or negotiating parking lots and laneways, the 2020 Outback also boasts an available front-view camera that offers a 180-degree view of what lies ahead.

Segment-Leading Safety

Following its successful introduction with the 2019 Forester, the new Outback also benefits from the availability of Subaru’s innovative DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System that is designed to help address distracted driving and driver fatigue.

The segment-exclusive system, which uses facial recognition software to identify signs of driver fatigue or driver distraction, works alongside Subaru’s EyeSight driver assist suite to reduce the likelihood of a collision. Utilizing a camera mounted atop the dash, DriverFocus can register and recognize as many as five drivers and remember their individual pre-sets for seat position and door mirror angle, among others.

Subaru’s EyeSight safety suite, which includes features like adaptive cruise control, lane departure and sway warning, lane-keep assist, lead vehicle start alert and more, will be standard equipment on the 2020 Outback for increased safety and peace of mind.

New for the 2020 Outback is the enhancement of the EyeSight suite to include Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control — a new lane-centring function integrated into the car’s adaptive cruise control system. While drivers must maintain control of the vehicle at all times and keep their hands on the steering wheel, this new functionality uses the EyeSight system’s stereoscopic cameras to recognize lane markings and the preceding vehicle to stay centred within the vehicle’s lane of travel.

STARLINK Connected Services

Placing a further emphasis on safety and convenience is the introduction of SUBARU STARLINK Connected Services. Using the nationwide 4G LTE cellular network — and completely separate from customers’ mobile devices — SUBARU STARLINK allows customers to stay connected to their vehicles while also allowing them to receive important information to keep them safe.

Integrated directly into the vehicle, the system uses voice-response technology with the addition of live assistance for features such as Advanced Automatic Collision Notification in the event of a collision, SOS Emergency Assistance, Enhanced Roadside Assistance and Concierge Service.

Customers utilizing these services will be able to receive automatic emergency assistance in the event of a collision, remotely access vehicle features, schedule service appointments with dealers and receive point of interest navigation information among much more.

Other features include remote services, such as remote engine start (including climate control and heated seats), remote lock and unlock, and remote vehicle locator, as well as vehicle alerts such as speed, boundary or curfew alerts that can all be controlled directly from customers’ smart devices.

Set to go on sale this fall, the 2020 Outback will be on display at NYIAS from April 19-28. Pricing will be announced at a later date.

First Look: 2020 Subaru Legacy debuts in Toronto with new engines, more safety tech

Subaru’s seventh-generation Legacy features updated looks, a big touchscreen, and a turbocharged engine

Subaru debuted the brand-new 2020 Legacy at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto with a new look inside and out, more safety tech, and a powerful turbocharged engine.

For 2020, Subaru has borrowed its new 2.4-litre turbocharged Boxer engine from the Ascent, making 260 horsepower and 277 lb.-ft. of torque. Also available is a 2.5-litre non-turbo Boxer engine, with 182 horsepower and 176 lb.-ft. of torque.

The only transmission option available for both engines is a CVT. Estimated fuel economy for the engines is 9.8 L/100 kilometres in the city and 7.4 on the highway for the turbo, and 8.7 city and 6.7 highway for the normally aspirated 2.5L engine.

The seventh-generation Legacy rides on the Subaru Global Platform, which is much lighter and stiffer than the previous platform. This enables better steering response and a more quiet ride—three decibels quieter, to be exact.

The outside of the Legacy doesn’t look all that different apart from some new front intakes — it’s the inside where Subaru has really gone hard with the changes. First and foremost is the huge 11.6-inch, portrait-oriented infotainment screen that sits in the centre of the console; this is available on all trims but the base. A slew of connectivity options is available, including four USB ports and two 12-volt DC outlets. The 2020 Legacy also gets some more active safety tech, including a driver distraction monitor and a new lane-centering function.

The 2020 Legacy will hit dealers in the fall, with pricing announced closer to the release date. The Canadian International Auto Show runs in Toronto through February 24.

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AJAC Announces Subaru DriverFocus as Best Safety Innovation for 2019

  • DriverFocus is named AJAC’s Best Safety Innovation for 2019.
  • Subaru’s innovative DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System is designed to help address distracted driving and driver fatigue.

(MISSISSAUGA, ONT.)—Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) is thrilled to announce its newest safety accolade, awarded by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) today at the Canadian International AutoShow in Toronto. Subaru Canada is pleased DriverFocus is named AJAC’s Best Safety Innovation for 2019.

Subaru’s innovative DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System, available in the 2019 Forester and newly announced 2020 Legacy, is designed to help address distracted driving and driver fatigue.The segment-exclusive system, which uses facial recognition software to identify signs of driver fatigue or driver distraction, works alongside Subaru’s EyeSight driver assist suite to reduce the likelihood of a collision. Utilizing a camera mounted atop the dash, DriverFocus can register and recognize as many as five drivers and remember their individual pre-sets for seat position and door mirror angle, among others.

Subaru’s innovative DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System is designed to help address distracted driving and driver fatigue.

“The Innovation Awards now recognize safety, environmental awareness and technology,” said Mark Richardson, president, Automobile Journalists Association of Canada. “This is an opportunity to recognize the very best and most innovative examples of new automotive products available to Canadian drivers.”

“As our brand continues to grow and evolve to meet the needs of customers, our commitment to safety is second to none,” said Yasushi Enami, chairman, president and CEO of Subaru Canada, Inc. “This award from AJAC is a wonderful tribute to Subaru’s core values as we prioritize the safety of not just Subaru drivers, but the safety of all.”

In 2018, AJAC members nominated 30 different automotive innovations for consideration. The awards were judged by a panel of nine journalists who specialize in automotive technology. They independently reviewed briefs on all nominated entries, and from that initial review the jurors established a short list of finalists in each category. In late October, they convened for a day of presentations and questioning with manufacturer representatives on each of the short-listed entries. The jurors then voted a second time by secret ballot.

As with the Canadian Car of the Year awards program, these votes were compiled and authenticated by accounting firm KPMG.

About Subaru Canada, Inc. Subaru Canada, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Subaru Corporation of Japan. Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of 93 authorized dealers across Canada. For more information, please visit or or follow @SubaruCanada on Twitter.

What’s New on the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek?

When you buy a 2018 Subaru Crosstrek, you’ll get the same great fuel economy, all-wheel-drive system and generous ground clearance that Subaru is famous for. You’ll also get a host of new features that make this reliable SUV-alternative feel a little more luxurious than previous generations.

Upgraded Interior


Subaru is known for their fairly utilitarian interiors, but with the new Crosstrek, that could be changing. Constructed with higher quality materials, buttons and switches look and feel more luxe. The dashboard now has handsome cross-stitching that gives the whole interior a more modern, updated look. An increased wheel-base means you also get an extra inch of legroom in the back seat for a more comfortable ride. Even the shifter on the automatic transmission has gotten a make-over, with the manufacturer replacing the cheap, silver plastic on earlier models with a proper shift boot.


Better Tech


An all-new touchscreen interface in the Crosstrek gives you faster response times, modern graphics and a more intuitive user interface than ever before. Whether you opt for the six-and-a-half-inch or eight-inch screen, a backup camera, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard. If you do choose the larger screen, it comes with an extra USB port and satellite radio. An $800 upgrade will also get you a six-speaker audio system, heated seats and automatic headlights.


Even Safer


The Crosstrek was also received top marks from The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the non-profit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, with the latter awarding it a Top Safety Pick designation. In addition to the standard airbags, child seat anchors and high performing automated forward-collision-braking system, you can also opt for the EyeSight Package for a host of extra safety features, like automatic high beams and forward collision warning.


If you’re thinking about buying a new Subaru, don’t take our word for it. At Gemini Motors you can test drive a 2018 Crosstrek and explore some of its new features for yourself. We think you’ll be impressed.

The New Subaru Forester Inside and Out

The new 2018 Subaru Forester now available at Gemini Motor may have what you’re looking for in your next vehicle. A lot of great features are available both inside and out. Come talk to a friendly sales representative or keep reading to learn more about the new Forester.


Exterior Details

The exterior of the new 2018 Forester has a lot to love. Not only is it available in several colors to suit a variety of personal styles, but this vehicle has been designed for performance was well. Features include all wheel drive and driver assist technology such as blind spot detection and rear cross-traffic alert to keep you on the road. The LED headlights are steering responsive, and include a high beam assist to help you see where you’re going. The new Subaru has also been designed with 8.7 inches of ground clearance to allow you to travel to most locations regardless of road conditions.


Interior Details


The interior of the Forester has several upholstery options so that you can find one you enjoy. Available in several colors, options include either cloth or leather with each choice designed for comfort. Features include a heated steering wheel and memory seating with a 10-way adjustable driver’s seat. The Starlink™ Multimedia system allows you to connect not only to navigation and weather, but also to the music and news you enjoy. It also allows linking to wireless devices with options to allow for hands free usage.


Several models of the new 2018 Subaru Forester may be available at your local dealership and all of them have these great features. A sleek design with great features that allow you to get where you want to go, and the interior comfort and technology you may be looking for in your next vehicle. Remember, if you have any questions one of our sales team members can help.

Get To Know The 2018 Subaru Outback

There are plenty of options in the SUV space. With plenty of cars – large, small, and in-between, it can be difficult to differentiate between them.


Here are the most important things we at Gemini Motors believe you should know about the 2018 Outback.


Features & Trims

The 2018 Outback trims include 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, 2.5i Touring, 3.6R Limited, and 3.6R Touring. Bluetooth and roof rails are included in the base model and you can upgrade to the Limited and Premium trims for features such as satellite radio, leather, and heated seats. If you’re looking for a fully-loaded option, then the Touring trims are the way to go.



The 2018 Subaru is an upgrade over previous generations. The interior has plenty of high-quality components including soft-feeling material on the window sills, door inserts, and dash. The Limited trims contain fake wood textures.



The Outback provides a comfortable ride even though wind and road noise can be a bit much. Both front and back row seats are extremely comfortable and provide enough room for movement.



The Outback is better suited to handle rugged terrains. As such, the acceleration is one of its weaker points and its handling certainly has room for improvement. Steering is precise and effortless even though some may think it’s a little heavy. It comes standard with all-wheel drive which is great for mild off-roading.



With 35.5 cubic feet of space behind the upright seats and 73.3 cubic feed max cargo capacity, the Outback is perfectly equipped to carry your equipment, dirty shoes, and everything else you need for your outdoor adventures.



Depending on the trim, the Outback comes with a modern 6.5 or 8-inch touchscreen interface. The 2.5i edition boasts a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system and a subwoofer. Blind spot monitoring, rear-crossing traffic alert, and automatic emergency braking are some of the features also included.


Our Recommendation

If you’re looking for a solid SUV with plenty of cargo room, then you can’t go wrong with the 2018 Subaru Outback.

Why You Should Consider the Subaru Impreza for Your Next Car

One of the great models available at Gemini Motors is the 2018 Subaru Impreza Hatchback. We believe this model may be a great car for anyone. Here are a few reasons why. 

Safety First 

Safety is one of the foremost concern of any driver on the road and the Subaru Impreza is designed with this in mind. With the available EyeSight® driver assist technology, your subaru can help you stay on the road with built in monitoring systems that can help warn you if you drift out of your lane, if a vehicle is in your blind spot, or if an obstacle is behind you as you’re backing up. The Pre-Collision Braking feature works both forward and in reverse to help apply the brakes in time to prevent a collision. 


Comfortable Interior 

The 2018 Subaru Impreza Hatchback has an interior to boast about. Designed to provide enough room for each passenger to be comfortable, the seats are upholstered in either quality leather or cloth depending on your personal preference. The front seats even have an option to be heated. The touch screen controls include options for the available Subaru Starlink™ as well as the ability to work with your smartphone in both Apple and Android systems. 


Built to Last 

The designers of the Impreza have worked hard to create a car that lasts. According to statistics 96 percent of the Impreza models sold in the last ten years are still on the road. This Subaru is built with quality materials to help ensure that the 2018 Impreza keeps this standard. These materials include high-strength steel for the body structure, and quality upholstery on the interior. 


With a quality interior, great safety features, and a body built to last, the 2018 Subaru Impreza Hatchback can be a great choice for any vehicle owner. If you have more questions or would like to see the Subaru Impreza for yourself, feel free to come visit the dealership. 

The New Subaru Crosstrek: The Ultimate Family Vehicle

If you need a new car for your growing family, the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek may be the perfect fit. From your kids’ sports gear to camping equipment for summer trips to weekend groceries, having room for everything you haul around and keeping your family comfortable in the car at the same time can be a challenge. However, the features of this new Subaru can help you accommodate it all, and we at Gemini Motors would like to show you how.  


A Spacious Interior  


If you and your family spend a lot of time in the family car, then comfort is probably a priority for you when it comes to buying an SUV. The 2018 Subaru seats five adults and has 100.9 cubic feet of passenger space, which means there’s plenty of room for everyone. The rear seats also fold down for extra cargo space, allowing you to fit everything from luggage to sporting equipment. Luggage rails on the roof of this SUV provide you with even more options for carrying larger items.  


A Variety of Safety Features  


Keeping your family safe while you’re on the road is important, especially when it comes to long-distance or freeway driving. The new Crosstrek features a wide variety of safety equipment to give you peace of mind while you’re behind the wheel. From a new and innovative system that helps you stay in your lane to an automatic braking system that helps prevent accidents, you can drive your family anywhere with confidence.  


A Multimedia Center on Wheels  


If you love being entertained while you drive, the 2018 Crosstrek has you covered. No matter what operating software your phone uses, you can connect with the car’s media center to access your music, podcasts, and more. Interactive maps and streaming music via satellite radio are also available with subscription, and with hands-free operation, you can operate all your media without taking your eyes off the road.  


The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek has plenty to offer your family and its active lifestyle. We hope to see you at Gemini Motors soon, where you can learn more about this fun and innovative vehicle.  

Upgrade Your Driving Experience With a Sports Car

Drivers who have a love of the fast lane and the excitement that comes with being behind the wheel of a vehicle that’s easily capable of handling tight curves and corners feel right at home in a sports car, and you might, too. Gemini Motors offers a number of great sports cars like the 2017 Subaru BRZ Coupe, and we also offer a few great reasons why sports cars make for great selections for the discerning driver.


Visual Aesthetic


It’s undoubtedly true that sports car are some of the most gorgeous automobiles on the market, and that’s true of practically any point in history. One of the great things about sports cars is they strike the perfect balance between style and substance, meaning you don’t have to compromise.


Overall Driving Experience


Looking at a sports car is one thing, but sliding behind the wheel of one is an entirely different experience. Silky acceleration, sharp maneuverability and general control come standard with sports cars; just make sure you don’t get so caught up in the excitement that you become a target for police. What’s more is sports cars offer you the opportunity to improve your driving skills, which can’t always be said of other vehicle types.


Long-Standing Value


Another selling point for sports cars is they retain their value well. It’s the combination of looks and performance that allows sportier vehicles to retain their value over the years. When you buy a modern sports car, you very well might be buying a future classic that could actually increase in value over the years; just take a glance at a current advertisement for a sports car and compare its value with that of another modern vehicle that isn’t a sports car.


Start your search for a sports car that suits you best. Visit us at Gemini Motors today to explore your options and learn more about our line of great sports cars.