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Old 07-19-2012, 12:50 AM   #1
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Default Akihide Takeuchi Subaru XV Crosstrek Interview


Subaru invited us to Hawaii. Unfortunately, it was too early to shoot something for Subiesport, so instead we filmed a segment for our other show: Driving Sports TV. That review will appear in the next episode.

Click to watch the video (commercial free) at Subiesport.tv.

While in Hawaii we did, however, climb a mountain to get this little interview with Akihide Takeuchi, Product General Manager of the Subaru XV Crosstrek and Impreza. Note, his particular affinity for the SVX.


The 2013 XV Crosstrek is, of course, the newest member of the Subaru family. And, though it replaces the Outback Sport, it isn't the same as that outgoing car. Subaru says the biggest difference is engineering. Whereas the Outback Sport was, essentially, a sticker and cladding package, the XV Crosstrek goes further with Forester-grade ride-height (8.7-inches), larger diameter brakes and additional body stiffening (even over the current 2013 Impreza). These small changes add up to a car that is a lot more capable. For Forester fans that have been complaining that the new Forester is too big, the XV Crosstrek may be the car you've been waiting for.

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Hi, I am Akihide Takeuchi, Product General Manager to Subaru XV Crosstrek and Impreza. I entered FHI (Fuji Heavy Industries) in 1982. I was a body construction engineer and I moved my section to my position in the Product Planning Division almost 10 years ago.

I started with my job as a Product Planner with the Subaru Tribeca, Tribeca first. Then I moved to the Impreza Project. I did this XV Crosstrek project also.

I really enjoy this kind of product because this C-Segment car is very useful and very friendly to our ordinary customer. This is very suitable to everyone. In a global market, uh, customers really want and like this kind of car.

My favorite feature of the XV Crosstrek is, first, the nice styling. It's very beautiful and nice balance of body style.

The second one is fuel economy. Even though the Crosstrek is a SUV, our competitors don't have better fuel economy. So we can, we may say that it is top class in fuel economy in a SUV.

The third one is a safety. Basically, visibility is a basic safety item. Crosstrek has a nice visibility. Then, safety features like airbags and body construction strength - top grade of the SUV class.

When I entered FHI engineering divisions I worked on the first generation SVX. It was kind of sport car, so it was a very nice design. Very smooth, and good interior. So I really like that kind of smooth and nice design vehicle. I also did the first generation Legacy, as a construction designer. So we made much improved body construction from the first generation Legacy. It was a dramatic change. As young engineers we just did our job, all day long at the time - very busy. But kind of enjoyable at the time.

This time I feel the same feeling, because Impreza and Crosstrek, the feeling like it's a dramatic change form the old Subaru products. Quite different from that. Its unique positioning and unique performance make it so we can compete within this segment, by design, fuel efficiency and safety. So we have - I have - confidence in this kind of product.

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Old 07-19-2012, 11:27 AM   #2
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Old 07-19-2012, 11:54 AM   #3
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I didnt pay attention to anything he said. Instead i stared at the scenery. I need to move there ASAP lol
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Old 07-19-2012, 02:10 PM   #4
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Looks like where they shot the golfing scene in the 'Lost' Series.
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Old 07-19-2012, 06:46 PM   #5
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Looks like where they shot the golfing scene in the 'Lost' Series.
The property is used for tour groups and film sets. So, quite possibly. I know we had dinner next to some large tree that was significant in Lost (but at a different location) and the fist shot with the Crosstrek in it was (I was told) a location used in Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
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Old 07-19-2012, 08:30 PM   #6
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The location is Kualoa Ranch, Some film's that used this area for filming include Jurassic Park, Windtalkers, Pearl Harbor, Godzilla, Tears of the Sun, 50 First Dates, and some others. TV shows including the old and new Hawaii Five-O, Magnum P.I. and LOST.
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Old 07-21-2012, 04:24 AM   #7
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Old 07-21-2012, 10:49 AM   #8
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so that's what an Aztec crossed with a Cayenne looks like
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Old 07-23-2012, 01:20 PM   #10
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so that's what an Aztec crossed with a Cayenne looks like
lol yeah my gf had an aztek and loved it, I think she should get a used one of these in five years or so; It is a very similar concept just much better executed by Subaru.

Is anyone else having trouble finding the video? It may just be my work computer but I cannot even see where the video is supposed to be.
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Old 07-24-2012, 05:19 PM   #11
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You guys should have fed him Mai Thai's and twisted his arm until they agreed to bring the diesel 6spd version here to the states. I wish someone would invite me to Hawaii to drive Subaru's lol Sounds like a nice day at the office.

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Old 09-07-2012, 02:56 PM   #14
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I almost fell to sleep in the first 30 seconds
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Old 09-20-2012, 03:01 PM   #15
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add some king springs to that baby an arb style winch bumper(aluminum) and some a/t or m/t's...

Who needs a turbo for an offroader....crawling up a double track trail....
when crawling at 1,000rpm up the steeps...no turbo...!
I never see turbo offroad rigs...unless your a sand queen...
I've been wheelin' n/a rigs for many years...no need for turbo...even rallying backroads...
If ya want one so bad swap it....

bonus for good fuel economy..!

Ship over an aussie dual range and swap it in..

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