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Subaru to Launch Trezia in Europe

Toyota might be a struggling carmaker right now, but many other companies are more than willing to collaborate with them and borrow technology. Lotus, which is in the midst of reinventing itself, has been using Toyota engines for years, while Aston Martin is collaborating with them on the rebadged iQ.

When you think of Subaru’s partnership with Toyota, the first thing that comes to mind is the highly anticipated rear-wheel drive ‘Toyobaru’, which should be unveiled at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. However, Automotive News has uncovered the fact that Subaru might also bring the Trezia hatchback to Geneva.

The new vehicle will come in a five-door hatchback configuration that closely resembles the Toyota Verso it is based on, but with a new Impreza-styled grille on the front and some Subaru badges. It’s hoped the Trezia will help the automaker meet increasing demand for smaller and greener cars in Europe.

Both the Trezia and the Verso are already sold in Japan now and are expected to hit European showrooms this spring. In Japan, Trezias are powered by a choice between a 1.3-liter and a 1.5-liter inline-four petrol mated to a CVT. But in Europe the 1.5 will most likely be replaced with a 1.4-liter turbocharged diesel that only emits 113 grams of CO2 per kilometer.

"The model provides the benefits of the Subaru wagon-style in an overall body size of less than 4 meters in length,
" Subaru said in a statement.

autoevolution will be attending the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, so stay tuned for some real up close and personal shots of the vehicles, as well as for first-hand details of the motorized contraptions presented at the event.


 
 
 
 
 

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