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Stay Safe This Winter!

Posted by Subaru of Niagara

Nov 18, 2014 5:00:00 PM

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The first snow has fallen here in Southern Ontario, and we want to make sure that you are safe on the roads this winter. We all know that any sort of extra work in the winter is no fun, but a little extra work in regards to your vehicle will keep you safe and comfortable on the road. There are a few myths about winter vehicle maintenance, and we are here to help you debunk some of them, and help you get your vehicle prepared for winter.

Claim: All-Season/ All-Terrain tires are just as effective in the winter as winter tires

The fact is that winter tires weren’t just created to drive sales and raise profits. They were developed because regular and even all season tires are not built to handle the winter as well as winter tires were. Regular tires are not designed to have as much traction as winter tires are designed with. Yes, this includes cars operating with AWD (All Wheel Drive) or 4WD. The big issue with driving in the winter is all about traction, and winter tires feature specially developed rubber and tread patterns that were developed and designed specifically with snow in mind. On the reverse side, cold weather makes regular tires stiffen out and actually lose traction, while winter tires are built to remain flexibility and retain the highest levels of traction possible.

Claim: Cars with AWD don’t need winter tires

It’s easy to fall under the assumption that AWD enabled cars are built to combat the need for winter tires, but the reality is that winter tires actually enhance your AWD driving experience. AWD systems provide optimized power transmission delivery, but don’t help much in terms of steering and braking situations. AWD is a feature made to improve performance, not safety. The Technology behind the AWD feature is engineered to help a vehicle accelerate, however it does not help a vehicle steer or stop in a shorter distance. That’s where store tires come in. The distance in which your car stops all come to how much traction and grip your tires have and this is why winter tires are made. Winter tires do not compete with AWD technology, but make your AWD experience in the winter that much better.

Claim: “There’s no point in keeping my car clean during the winter. It’ll get dirty again and its a waste of money”

Maintaining a clean car in the winter is a challenge compared to other parts of the year. Especially in Ontario, where snow falls for more than 3 months. However keeping a clean car comes with its benefits. Car care protects our cars, ensuring that they last longer and preserves a higher resale value. Ensuring that built up ice and dirt is removed also keeps you safer. You would hate for a piece of ice or snow to interfere with your vision of the road while you’re driving. Also the elements that make our cars appear dirty, actually eat away at a car’s metal parts, which in turn can compromise safety.

For more expert advice on facing the harsh realities of the winter roads, and ensuring the best and safest travels, come into Subaru of Niagara today.

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Topics: Winter Driving, Safety, Safe Driving, Vehicle Maintenance, Symmetrical AWD, tires

The 2015 Subaru Outback has arrived!

Posted by Alex Digenis

Jun 26, 2014 1:47:16 PM

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Revealed earlier this year at the 2014 New York International Auto Show, the 2015 Outback is now available in Canada and ready to take on whatever Canadian drivers throw at it.

For the 2015 model, Subaru is offer either 4- or 6-cylinder BOXER engine options, both with standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive , meaning that drivers will have the power and handling they need to deal with road conditions all year long. The new edition is also being offered with the choice of a 6-speed manual transmission or Lineartronic continuously variable transmission options. Improved poweer assisted steering and an enhanced Vehicle Dynamics Control system contribute to outstanding handling and overall feel.

The 2.5L, 4-cylinder option offers an increase in power over last year’s model, taking the engine power up to 175HP and improved fuel economy as well with the 2015 Outback rated at 7.1L/100KM combined (in the CVT model).

The 3.6L 6-cylinder BOXER engine produces 256HP, the same as 2014, but improvements to the vehicle’s standard CVT have resulted in improved fuel efficiency at 9.5L/100KM combined (11.2L/100KM city, 7.4L/100KM highway).

Trim lines available for the 2015 edition consist of 2.5i, 2.5i & 3.6i Touring, and 2.5i & 3.6 Limited and all models are equipped with Incline Start Assist and Hill Holder System to keep the vehicle in place until the throttle is applied.

New Entertainment Features

Depending on the trim level, 2015 Outback drivers will be equipped with a host of upgraded entertainment features. The 2.5i models come with AM/FM stereo with Sirius XM satellite radio (subscription required) in-dash CD player and a 6.2inch multi-function touchscreen display. The entertainment system will also feature hands-free phone connectivity, courtesy of Subaru STARLINK with Aha smartphone integration, and Bluetooth, a USB port, AUX input jack and iPod control capability.

The Limited packages add a 12-speaker Harman/kardon audio system, a 7-inch touchscreen, with interactive voice command system (capable of operating the dual-zone climate controls) and some additional text messaging and iTunes compatible features.

Improved Interior Space

The new model will comfortably fit the tallest of passengers in the rear seat, offering more than 3 feet of legroom back there. Driver’s will also have more cargo capability with an addition 148 litres of trunk space over the 2014 edition, for a total of 1,005 litres.

Safety & Security

We’re constantly writing about the amazing safety features of our  vehicles and the new Outback lives up to the brand’s reputation. The rear-view camera that was optional on the 2014 edition  has been made standard for the new model, with better placement to provide improved imaging while in use and, for the 2.5i Touring and 3.6 Touring & Limited trims, a new rear radar system is also included.  The rear radar system represents Subaru’s “next step towards full-perimeter preventive safety” (Source: Subaru Canada News) and detects vehicles in three ways: in the blind spots and behind the C-pillars, when changing lanes using Lane Change Assist and while reversing with Rear Cross Traffic Alert. The brand's EyeSight driver assist system is also an available option on some trim levels. As with previous years, the new Outback is projected to achieve Top Safety Pick Plus accolades from the IIHS, meaning you and your family can expect the same level of safety you've come to know and trust from Subaru.

Want to take a test drive and feel the difference? Contact us today to book a ride!

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Topics: Boxer Engine, Vehicle Safety, Symmetrical AWD, Outback

Introducing the New 2015 Subaru Legacy

Posted by Devin Kaulback

Mar 5, 2014 12:56:01 PM

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We love auto show season. Why? Because it means we get to introduce all the new 2015 vehicles that will be hitting showrooms later this year. A few weeks ago, Subaru celebrated 25 years of production of its flagship sedan with the debut the brand-new 2015 Legacy at the Chicago Auto Show. You're going to love it!

 

 

Best equipped ever

And we aren't just saying that. The 2015 Subaru Legacy sees new standard features on all trim lines. The Limited trim line models are the highest level of luxury ever seen in a Subaru. Perforated leather upholstery, two-position memory for the 10-way power driver's seat, a 4-way power passenger seat, three-mode heated front seats (standard in the Premium too) and dual-mode heated rear seats and a high-end surround sound audio are all standard with the top model. 

 

Subaru's all-wheel drive...of course

It would be a Subaru without out famous all-wheel drive. The 2015 Legacy has the latest Active Torque Vectoring system as a standard feature. Instead of modulating torque, the new system works by applying the brakes to the inside front wheel during aggressive cornering, improving your handling even more.

 

Improved driver comfort

The best part about the new Legacy is the improved driver comfort with lower interior noise and some of the best technology available. Subaru added liquid-filled engine mounts, made the windshield from acoustic glass and increased sound deadening. They also upgraded the infotainment system with the choice of a 6.2-inch touchscreen or a 7-inch version equipped with navigation. All models also come standard with a rearview camera and Subaru's EyeSight forward camera system.

 

Look for the new 2015 Legacy hitting showrooms later this year. There's no word on pricing yet, but we know it will be worth every penny!

 

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Topics: Vehicle features, Symmetrical AWD, Legacy

Subaru Forester Takes on the Crossover Challenge

Posted by Alex Digenis

Jan 23, 2014 4:01:04 PM

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At Subaru of Niagara, we`re always singing the praises of Subaru`s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. Now you can see what all the fuss is about. An independent testing organization put unmodified, factory-spec all-wheel drive vehicles from various manufacturers through a new test.

See for yourself if the Subaru Forester was up for the challenge.

 

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Topics: Symmetrical AWD, Forester

Exploring Subaru's Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive

Posted by Devin Kaulback

Nov 27, 2013 3:55:31 PM

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The snow has started falling here in Niagara and with that snow comes road conditions that are less than ideal. But don't you worry, you drive a Subaru! Subaru's Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD) makes driving in any weather on any road a walk in the park. How can you feel anything less than confidence when you're behind the wheel of a vehicle with your safety in mind?

 

A feature with history

Subaru began producing vehicles with its Symmetrical AWD in 1972, so we've been dedicated to maintaining a system to keep you safe for years. With age comes wisdom and over the years, we've seen technological advances that we've used to improve and perfect a system that keeps you safe in all conditions.

 

What's the deal?

We know that all-wheel drive isn't a new concept, and certainly not a feature that is exclusive to Subaru. But Subaru's Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive is. Our drive train is perfectly in balance — left and right are symmetrical. The balance in completely unique to Subaru and ensures stability and efficiency in power transmission which means a better grip and faster response time to slippage. 

 

So what?

When you drive a Subaru vehicle with our exclusive Symmetrical AWD you're going to seem some obvious benefits:

Traction

You've heard of Subaru's Boxer Engine, so how does it affect your Symmetrical AWD? It sends power to all four wheels continuously, doubling the change of tires finding traction in any weather condition. The more power sent to the wheels, the more traction to reduce sliding.

Control

When the power gets divided through all four wheels, you get better stability and control, no matter what the road conditions. With more stability, you're less likely to spin sideways.

Balance

Our drive train is balanced on both sides, which makes for a constant and predictable driving experience every time you get behind the wheel. A balanced weight ratio increases your control which means you can take on a sharp curve with confidence.

 

What's the difference ... Really?

So now you know the basics behind our Symmetrical AWD, but what does that mean in comparison to other AWD systems? Check it out:  

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So you've got the goods on what Subaru's Symmetrical AWD is all about, but seeing is believing. Come into Subaru of Niagara and take a vehicle out for a spin to see what all the fuss is about!

 

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Topics: Handling, Safe Driving, Vehicle features, Symmetrical AWD

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