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Another Record Breaking Month!

Posted by Subaru of Niagara

Oct 21, 2014 2:30:00 PM

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As you know, Subaru Canada values our customers very highly, and as a result of that, we do everything we can to ensure that we deliver safe and efficient products with the best features, quality, and at the best pricing we can. Last month we were proud to announce that we had a record breaking month of August for Subaru Canada, but now, we are even more excited to announce that our hard work has paid off yet again!

On Oct, 1, 2014, The results had come in, and September sales managed to break the record that we had broken just last month! Subaru had a total of 3807 units sold in September, giving us a 15% increase in sales from last september, and a 3% increase from August 2014. The new Outback 2015 played a massive role in sales as usual, bringing in a record of 936 units sold! This truly makes September a record breaking month, as Outback sales went up 6% from last month and were the highest in Subaru history!

Including September, Subaru has had 9 consecutive months of milestones and records, and with things going as well as they are, (knock on wood), we are on the right path to making 2014 the best year in Subaru history!


Other significant stats are listed below:

WRX STI sales increase of 31.4%

XV Crosstrek sales increase of 17.3%


REGIONAL SALES INCREASES IN SEPTEMBER 2014

8% in the Atlantic region

11.3% in Quebec

23% in Ontario

11.7% in the Western region


Shiro Ohta, Chairman, President and CEO of Subaru Canada Inc., was pleased to say that, “September’s sales results are celebrated by Subaru Canada Inc., and Subaru has forged a reputation for creating vehicles that inspire an unmatched level of driving confidence. Moving forward, we will continue to provide our customers with a satisfying purchase and owner’s experience overall.

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Subaru Genuine Parts

Posted by Devin Kaulback

Jul 15, 2014 10:00:00 AM

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Whenever we meet both new and seasoned Subaru drivers, we usually find that the same things draw them towards our vehicles: top safety ratings, industry leading engineering, and high residual values. Only the best goes into designing and building a Subaru, so when it comes time to servicing one, it only makes sense to use the best parts available- Genuine Subaru Parts

Genuine Safety

Subaru vehicles, like the WRX and Forester, achieve their top safety ratings because they were built by experts using genuine parts, not aftermarket substitutes, which have been found to be less durable and rust resistant. Why compromise the safety of your vehicle by using components that can’t handle the harsh winters or rainy springs in Ontario? Plus those inferior parts will also cost you more in the long run as they are more likely to break down sooner than our original or remanufactured pieces.

Engineered to Perfection

Original and remanufactured genuine parts are built to strict engineering standards ensuring that each is manufactured from existing core parts and meets the latest specifications. Those remanufactured parts are even built in Canada using original equipment Subaru components. You’ll feel better knowing that the parts going into your car are designed to meet the strict standards for the precise operation and fit of your vehicle. Whenever you have your car serviced at an authorized Subaru dealer, your technician will be using the exact parts that are needed to keep it running at same high level of efficiency you’ve come to expect.

High Value

When you decide it’s time to upgrade to a new Subaru, you want to make sure the one you’re driving still has value. By using only genuine parts, you’re creating better value for future drivers because they’ll know you’ve maintained the safety and quality of your vehicle. That value for future drivers will translate into a better return on your vehicle at trade-in time!

Plus, every repair made with a genuine original part is backed by a 12-month, 20,000KM warranty. Even better, remanufactured parts are guaranteed with a 3-year, 60,000Km warranty endorsed by Subaru Canada.

When it comes to servicing your vehicle, don’t accept imitations. Choose only Genuine Subaru Parts and protect your vehicle, yourself, and your family on the road and in the bank! Subaru of Niagara has a wide range of genuine parts available as well as certified technicians to maintain the quality of your vehicle.

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Know your Subaru: The Lineartronic® Continuously Variable Transmission

Posted by Devin Kaulback

Jul 10, 2014 11:01:42 AM

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Driving a Subaru is always a great experience and it’s easy to see why. They offer power, exceptional fuel-economy and a smooth ride. One of the things that contributes in significantly to the Subaru experience is the Lineartronic® Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). When you drive a CVT equipped Subaru, you’ll feel the difference.

How it differs

Automatic transmissions use a series of mounted gears, called planetary gears, that rotate, lock, and unlock in different combinations to convert the engine’s output in the power that propels the vehicle, via a torque converter. As the driver presses or releases the accelerator, the transmission switches gears and increases or decreases the power transferred from the engine to the wheels. Because these gears are set to specific ratios, there is a noticeable “step” as the transmission changes, resulting in a noticeable feeling for the driver and passengers.

 

The Lineartronic® CVT uses two hydraulically operated, adjustable pullies with a chain link that connects them and utilizes a step-less gear ratio that allows the engine to run at its optimal power range. Because there is no mechanical shifting, the driver and passengers will hardly notice when the transmission switches gears.

Automatic & Manual

Lineartronic® CVTs offer two driving modes to improve the driving experience; automatic and manual. When using the car’s automatic mode, the transmission adjusts instantly as the throttle is applied and momentum that is typically lost with a conventional automatic transmission is maintained.  In Manual Mode, the driver can use paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel to select the gear ratio best suited to the situation. In this mode, the driver is offered a sharper and sportier experience.

Responsive

By eliminating mechanical gear changes and instead utilizing step-less changes, the CVT causes the powertrain to be more responsive when the throttle is applied. As a result, the vehicle speeds up and slows down faster and smoother than with a typical transmission.

Better Performance

Subaru’s Lineartronic® CVT essentially offers an infinite number of gear ratios, causing it to constantly locate the “sweet spot” for power and performance as it shifts up and down.  Traditional automatic transmissions only shift during a defined minimum and maximum RPM, decreasing your fuel economy as you are not constantly receiving the maximum power and performance of your engine while you drive. Also, because the CVT is a sealed unit, it requires no regularly scheduled maintenance, reducing the cost of maintain your car.

The Lineartronic® CVT, especially when it’s combined with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and a BOXER engine, not only improves the already awesome experience of driving a Subaru, but helps you save money at the pumps and at the service desk, all while offering a sportier, smoother drive. The Continuously Variable Transmission is available on the Forester, Impreza, Legacy, Outback, WRX/WRX STi, and XV Crosstek.

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Subaru Design & Engineering - STI

Posted by Devin Kaulback

Jul 3, 2014 12:14:11 PM

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We’ve been posting on social media recently about the new WRX STI as well as Subaru’s participation in the Isle of Man TT, one of the toughest races in the world, and where the Subaru World Rally Team continues to dominate. Have you ever wondered what STI means though?

STI stands for Subaru Tecnica International, the performance division of Subaru. This division was formed to manage Subaru’s growing motorsports activities in the early 1990s and has since grown to enhance the driving experience for Subaru drivers on the road. Starting with the 1991 Legacy STI (available overseas), the division has been using their motorsports experience to design and manufacture STI versions of vehicles as well as parts and accessories for Subaru vehicles.  STI is made up of engineers who dedicate themselves to discovering how they can improve not only the power and performance of their vehicles but also how to make them more enjoyable to drive. They use input from racers as well as simulators wind tunnels and tracks in all types of weather conditions to test and refine the design of vehicles to make them “more communicative, responsive, and easier to push faster, harder, and closer to the limit” in order to “create the ultimate driving experience.” (http://www.sti.jp/)

Of course, not every Subaru gets an STI edition; in fact, North America did not get to experience what STi is all about until the 2004 Impreza WRX StI. However, STi knowledge and experience does go into the design and manufacture of all Subaru models.  For this year, you can find STi technology in the 2015 WRX STI. To learn more about how this awesome car was developed, check out this video:

Want to see the difference STI makes? Book at test drive at Subaru of Niagara today!

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Protect your Subaru in the hot weather!

Posted by Devin Kaulback

Jul 1, 2014 12:00:00 PM

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Just this past weekend, temperatures were feeling like the high 30s and it’s only the second week of summer! We know already that this summer is going to be hot, so prepare yourself and your vehicle for the coming heat with these tips from Subaru of Niagara

Coolant System

When the temperature rises, the cooling system in your car has to work harder to keep the engine cool. Driving long distances on a hot day can cause your vehicle to overheat more easily if you don't check your cooling system regularly. Making sure that the coolant levels are where they should be with the proper mixture of anti-freeze and water (usually 50/50, but check your owners manual or talk to your service team to confirm) will ensure that your car will run smoothly in hot weather. Remember, when checking coolant levels, never remove the radiator cap while your engine is hot or right after you have been driving; it could cause hot steam or boiling liquid to spray and you could be seriously injured. Watch out for warning lights on your dash, as heat can have major effects on your automatic transmission too!

If you haven't already, now is a good time to make sure your A/C is working properly. To do this, simply turn on the A/C, put it on high and feel for cool air. If it is not blowing that refreshing cool air you're expecting, the refrigerant charge may be low and you should get it checked by your service team for any leaks before adding more. Make sure there is no musty or unfamiliar odor either; this could be a sign that the cabin filter needs to be replaced.

And another part of your cooling system is the cooling fan. The cooling fan should turn on when you turn your air conditioner on high. If there is no fan at work, it could mean that there is a defective fan motor or electrical problem. If your engine has a belt-driven fan with a fan clutch and it is worn out it could cause the engine to overheat. If the fan clutch is leaking or spins with little resistance, the clutch may need to be replaced. And of course, we don't expect you to know why it isn't working, that's what we're here for!

Batteries

Believe it or not, hot weather is harder on batteries than cold weather. For non-gel batteries, it increases the rate of evaporation of the fluid inside the battery, and when that happens, you battery could die rather unexpectedly. Replacing old batteries (4 or 5 years old), checking and replacing water levels (with distilled water only) or having your service team check your battery's life will help to keep your battery lasting longer. Worried something still might happen? Maintain your peace of mind by keeping a set of jumper cables in your vehicle and keep the Subaru C.A.R.E number saved in your phone.

Tires 

In any weather, you should make sure to check tires for any wear, uneven wear, age cracks or damage, especially before an upcoming road trip. You should also regularly check the inflation pressure in all of your tires, including the spare. Under-inflated tires can overheat and cause a blow out.

Oil and regular maintenance

Keeping up with regular oil changes and maintenance will help to keep your Subaru from overheating. Replacing old oil with fresh oil can increase the lubrication protection for your engine. One thing to consider for the summer months is switching to a heavier viscosity motor oil (example: 5W-30 to 10W-30). Your service technician can advise you about the benefits of doing so.

Exterior and Interior  

As we have said before, keeping your vehicle clean throughout the year will help to keep it lasting longer. The same goes for protecting it against the heat. Intense sun and heat bakes a car's finish and can crack the interior vinyl and plastic surfaces. Keeping up with regular washes and waxes will help to reduce exterior damage while simple things like closing your sunroof shade, using a sun shade on your windshield and cracking open windows will help hot air to escape and protect interior and keep your car cooler. 

Taking the time to protect your Subaru against the heat isn't difficult and will keep your vehicle on the road to help your reach those great Niagara events. Most of these simple checks can be done on your own with basic supplies, but if you ever need any help, Subaru of Niagara’s service department is here when need them!   

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Why Buy Certified When You Buy Pre-Owned

Posted by Devin Kaulback

Jan 13, 2014 4:30:31 PM

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When it's time to purchase a new car, sometimes new-to-you is what you're looking for. You don't need a brand new vehicle for the high quality and reliability of a Subaru — you can still get peace of mind with your purchase by opting for a Subaru Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle. 

 

What Subaru Certified means

The Subaru Certified Program means you can drive the pre-owned Subaru of your reams without the worry and stress that usually comes with shopping used.

In order to qualify as a Subaru Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle, the vehicle must pass a comprehensive 152-point inspection by a Subaru factory-trained technician. 

Not all pre-owned Subarus sold or leased by a dealer qualify as a Subaru Pre-Owned Vehicle, so if you are looking at a used vehicle, make sure you confirm whether or not it qualifies.

 

What the Subaru Certified Program includes

There is no better way to get into a pre-owned Subaru. The program includes features that will give you peace-of-mind every time you get behind the wheel.

 

Multi-point inspection

Every Subaru Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle must undergo and pass a 152-point inspection. At this time, any repair or maintenance is completed to meet Subaru's high standards of quality. You will know you are getting behind the wheel of a vehicle you can trust after a Subaru factory-trained technician gets through with your vehicle.

10-day/1000 km Exchange Privilege Plan

If, for any reason, you wish to exchange your Subaru Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle, you can. Whether you changed your mind on colour or even model, the Subaru Certified Exchange Privilege gives you a one-time, 10-day/1000 km opportunity to do so. For more information on the program eligibility and exclusions, click here.

 

Roadside Assistance

Your Certified Pre-Owned Subaru gets the exclusive Subaru C.A.R.E. treatment. That means you get all the perks of the Subaru Customer Assistance for Roadside Emergencies, including emergency roadside assistance and many other benefits, just for choosing Subaru.

 

CarProof Vehicle History Report

All Subaru Certified Pre-Owned vehicles come with a clear CarProof vehicle history report, which provides cross-Canada lien information, registration history (including branding information such as whether the vehicle has been listed as stolen, salvage, non-repairable, rebuilt, etc.) and U.S. history (if applicable). Plus, you’ll get import/export records, odometer readings, third-party history and Canadian insurance history (including dates and values of processed claims along with collision estimate information) to help you get the full story with no hidden surprises.

 

Certified Limited Waranty

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If you're considering purchasing a used car but want the perks and peace-of-mind that comes with purchasing new, a Subaru Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle is for you. We're known for safety and reliability and that is not limited to new cars only!

 

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Get the Best Gas Mileage from your Subaru

Posted by Devin Kaulback

Nov 9, 2013 9:00:00 AM

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With the rising cost of fuel these days, getting the most out of every tank of gas is important. It's tough to have fun driving when all you are thinking about is the next trip to the gas station, so to make sure you still have a good time behind the wheel, here are a few tips to improve your fuel economy:

 

Pay attention to your tires

Giving your tires the attention they need is the easiest way to make your fuel last longer. By keeping our tires properly inflated (maintaining proper tire pressure), the amount of tire touching to road at a given time is reduced, lessening friction and requiring less energy and fuel. 

 

 

Keep up with routine maintenance

Routine maintenance will ensure your car is always running up to Subaru's standards, which means using only as much gasoline as your vehicle needs and no more. This includes (but is not limited to):

  • Replacing your vehicles air filter a often as necessary
  • Inspecting and replacing spark plugs at recommended intervals
  • Keeping your front tires properly aligned
  • Changing oil as needed

 

Be aware on the road

One of the best ways to get the most out of a tank of gas is to be an aware driver. Close your windows when driving at highway speeds accelerate slowly and smoothly, drive at posted speed limits, reduce idling time and use cruise control when able and watch your fuel consumption drop.

 

 

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Exploring the Subaru Boxer Engine

Posted by Devin Kaulback

Oct 29, 2013 3:22:00 PM

What makes a Subaru different? There is plenty. But amongst them is the boxer engine that adds to the optimal performance and power of the Subaru engine. Every Subaru is equipped with a boxer engine, we believe that when you have a great idea it shouldn't be exclusively reserved for the highest end models. Everyone deserves the best from their vehicle, this boxer engine delivers on every model we offer.

 

Where the Name Comes From

The name Boxer Engine is born of the actual motion of the pistons resembling the jabs of a boxer. The layout allows the engine to be positioned in-line with the drive-train for maximum transfer of power. Most engines are transverse (certainly other engines that are comparable to the Subaru line-up in model and price), meaning that they are turned perpendicular and require additional drivetrain components to transfer power. Just as it sounds it would, this dramatically reduces vehicle efficiency.

The punch movements of the boxer's pistons equal a smoother running engine without having to use those additional components to counteract them as in many in-line or V type engines.

 

 

 

 

Low Profile (It's a Very Good Thing)

Because the pistons moving horizontally, the engine in your Subaru is flat, low profile and almost perfectly symmetrical. Just as it sounds it would be, the results is a very well-balanced vehicle with a low centre of gravity. This translates to quick handling response and flat, confident cornering.

 

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Subaru Boxer Engine Options

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2.0-liter and 2.5-liter Flat-4

Producing 148 and 170 horsepower respectively these 4-cylinder engines combine capable power, impressive efficiency, and impeccably smooth operation.

 

 

2.5-liter Turbocharged Flat-4

Available in 227, 265 and 305-horsepower versions, this turbocharged, intercooled 4-cylinder engine provides maximum power for exhilarating performance.

 

3.6-liter Flat-6

The largest SUBARU BOXER engine available, this 3.6-liter 6-cylinder serves up 256 horsepower and 247 lb.-ft. of torque.

 

Want to learn more about the Subaru Boxer Engine or check out the drive difference on these vehicles for yourself? Get in touch with us and you can take one out for a spin!

 

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