Geneva Gallery: Subaru Hybrid Tourer Concept

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer
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Longtime auto observers know there’s a fine line between a clean, subtle design and a boring car. What might come as a surprise is that Subaru is the brand currently exploring the liminal zone between nice and narcoleptic. After all, when was the last time Subaru design was accused of understated elegance bordering on the hopelessly anodyne? But Subaru is already abandoning its rough-and-ready, quirkily-styled roots for Audi-junior positioning, and this Hybrid Tourer Concept captures those aspirations brilliantly. Too bad Subaru’s most pressing design challenge is improving its plastic-fantastic interiors.

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  • JeremyR JeremyR on Mar 05, 2010

    I'm relieved that they're still interested in doing proper wagons, now that the Outback has become an SUV...

  • Lorenzo Lorenzo on Jul 15, 2010

    My sister bought a new 2004 Forester because its height made it easier to get in and out, she had a high seating position,it had great visibility all around, and didn't look like all those bars of Dove soap on wheels. What's in this 'design language' for her?

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