Originally Posted by JustyWRC
I don't think the earthquake would have had much affect on development. Production? Yes, but not development. Why would it? Nothing Subaru got damaged, and I don't think they need power to drive a car around a test course.
I don't see how a 9.0 magnitude earthquake that rattled the entire nation couldn't cause at least some delay with development. The production was heavily delayed for the 2011/2012 model years for nearly all Japanese manufacturers. While development and production are two separate entities, I would figure that they would need additional time to get things rolling with the production of the new cars due to the fact that they were behind on the other ones. They might have it down on paper since they were directly affected by the quake, but they need to do more than just that to get a new car out there which may or may not have been pushed back in schedule due to the unforeseen forces of nature.