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Wednesday, May 05, 2010
Subaru Hybrid Tourer Concept Car
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Subaru Creates An All-Wheel Drive Hybrid Concept Car

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - Subaru presented their Hybrid Tourer Concept vehicle (see photo) at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland earlier this year. The Subaru Hybrid Tourer Concept car has Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD) that is driven by a petrol (gasoline) 2.0-litre Horizontally-Opposed turbo engine. The Subaru hybrid drive adds two electric drive motors with the gasoline engine such that the Hybrid Tourer Concept has a 10 KW electric drive motor driving the front wheels, and a rear mounted 20 Kw hybrid motor integrated with the rear drive.

The exterior of Subaru's Concept Hybrid Tourer benefits from gull-wing doors that open to allow access for passengers seated in the front and rear. Inside the vehicle, the dashboard can be moved up or down to accomodate the driver's height. Subaru has also designed a flat floor space for rear passengers that gives additional leg space not usually found on an All-Wheel Drive car. The leather seats are also ventilated to help keep the passengers comfortable on longer trips.

Subaru says that the 2.0-litre turbo engine used on the Hybrid Tourer Concept is a next-generation type with improvements that deliver higher fuel efficiency and lower emissions. The Subaru hybrid system works such that the rear electric hybrid motor provides most of the additional drive power when it is engaged while the the front electric drive motor acts usually as a generator providing regenerative braking to charge the car's lithium-ion battery pack. When the Subaru Hybrid Tourer Concept is driven uphill, the front hybrid electric motor coverts to a power assist unit and provides front drive acceleration in addition to the 2.0-litre engine and the rear electric motor. Subaru says that the Hybrid Tourer Concept also has a start-stop system that cuts the engine out at traffic lights and restarts it instantaneously when the brake is disengaged.

The Subaru Hybrid Tourer Concept has a new safety feature called 'EyeSight' that helps the driver avoid collisions on the road. EyeSight uses a vehicle integrated stereo vision camera that realizes images like pedestrians, cyclists and other cars and calculates a 3-D perspective to provide alerts for dangerous road conditions. One of the advanced features in EyeSight is that it can detect objects that move in and out of the blind spots of the vehicle. EyeSight will alert the driver to avoidance measures to be taken to prevent a collision.

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