Subaru to Commence CNG Conversion Production in Sweden

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Subaru Nordic AB (Subaru)  will start up a compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle conversion centre in Trollhättan, Sweden, with the first cars scheduled to be delivered in February 2012. Here, Subaru will start production of the world’s first Boxer-CNG, the Swedish market’s first four-wheel-drive gas car. The boxer engine is horizontally-opposed to sit lower and flatter in the engine bay. Development and testing of the Subaru Boxer CNG is a Swedish project, implemented in collaboration with Italian BRC – a world leader in gas conversion of motor vehicles. The models being considered for conversion is the Subaru Legacy and Subaru Outback in combination with the continuously variable  Lineartronic automatic transmission. Subaru said earlier this year they were confident interest exists for at least 2,000 natural gas cars on the Swedish market.

” Trollhattan is a good location. Here are key skills and the logistics required to implement major projects within the Swedish automotive industry,” says Torbjörn Lillrud, Managing Director of Subaru Nordic.

“Production will take place in the newly renovated factory space leased by the municipality of Trollhättan and staff will initially be hired in from Saab Automobile,” said Dennis Staaf, managing director of BRC Sweden AB.

SUBARU Nordic AB, headquartered in Helsingborg, is the distributor of Subaru in the North. Apart from distribution of cars on the Swedish market, the company exports cars and spare parts for Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The Boxer-CNG for all six markets will be made in Sweden.

(This article compiled using information from a Subaru Nordic AB press release)

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