Fuji Heavy Industries, the manufacturer of Subaru automobiles, celebrates the 50th anniversary of its horizontally-opposed Boxer engine this year.
The Boxer engine, so called because the movement of the engine’s pistons resembles the movement of a boxer’s fists, was first introduced on the Subaru 1000 compact passenger car in May 1966. Since then, Subaru has continually enhanced them, both petrol and diesel, to power its vehicles.
Today, every vehicle sold by Subaru is fitted with a Boxer engine and its total production over the past 50 years tops 16 million units.
In a horizontally-opposed design of the engine, the pistons face each other in a side-to-side symmetrical layout. The opposing pistons work to cancel out the inertia force of each other, resulting in less vibration and superb rotational balance which provide a smooth feel right up to the high rev range.
The Boxer engine is one of the key components that comprise Subaru’s distinctive Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD ) system. This offers a combination of superior stability and traction intrinsic to AWD. It offers balanced distribution of weight provided by the symmetrically-laid-out drivetrain with a longitudinally-mounted Boxer engine positioned in line with it. The synergy delivers excellent performance such as stability at high speeds and brisk cornering.
Under the “Confidence in Motion” brand statement, Subaru says it will continue to enhance its engineering excellence and distinctive appeal to offer an “enjoyment and peace of mind” driving experience to customers worldwide.
Subaru launches PCP finance
Meanwhile Subaru Ireland has launched its exciting new Personal Contract Plans across the Subaru range, applicable for the new 162 Registration period.
These new PCP offerings mean that the customer pays low monthly instalments for 36 months and enjoys a guaranteed minimum future value (GMFV ).
At the end of the term, the customer can part exchange their Subaru for another brand new model. Alternatively they may return the car with no further payment due or pay the GMF and keep it. For example, a person can drive away in the Subaru Impreza from €235 per month, or the new Forester 2.0D X from €320 per month.
Together with First Auto Finance, Subaru is offering finance arrangements across the Subaru range. Finance is currently offered through Hire Purchase agreements or Personal Contract Plans. To find out more, contact your local Subaru dealer or visit subaru.ie