TOKYO - Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., maker of Subaru cars, last week launched a sportier, more fuel-efficient fourth-generation Legacy that is scheduled to arrive in U.S. showrooms next spring.
The redesigned Legacy is about 220 pounds lighter than its predecessor and gets 32.9 mpg in Japan's so-called 10-15 test, which is not directly comparable with U.S. fuel-economy measures. That's an improvement of about 20 percent.
With two character lines creasing from the outer edges of the front grill back to the windshield and headlights shaped like a hawk's eyes, the revamped Legacy gives a sharp, sculpted image despite its wider body.
Fuji Heavy aims to sell 120,000 Legacys annually, including 24,000 turbos, in the U.S. market. That's more than half of the global goal of 220,000 annually.
The automaker, in which General Motors has a 20 percent stake, is betting on the Legacy to turn around its U.S. operations. In the fiscal year ended March 31 it posted a 23.6 percent drop in U.S. operating profits, to $131.6 million.
The revamped Legacy will arrive in Europe and Australia this autumn. The carmaker aims to sell 30,000 annually in those two markets combined and 6,000 a month at home.
Prices in Japan start at ¥2.05 million, or about $17,520 at current exchange rates, for the wagon version, which goes on sale first. It is expected to outsell the sedan version.