Fuji Heavy, owner of Suabru, looking to introduce hybrids by 2012

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., the producer of Subaru vehicles, said that it may introduce gasoline-electric hybrids by 2012. Fuji said that it is considering the move due to stricter emission rules in U.S., Japan and Europe.

President Ikuo Mori told reports in Tokyo today that the company also has plans to develop a new diesel engine that meets tougher environmental standards by 2011. As for its hybrid-systems, Mori said that Fuji will look to Toyota, it’s biggest shareholder. 

We’re just hoping that the Toyobaru (Toyota/Suabru) rear-wheel-drive sports car won’t be killed by tougher fuel-economy standards.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: Bloomberg