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#1 Bantum

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 07:17 PM

Hi all, I have an interesting proposal that I would like to share with you ...

 

This is an extract taken from my AUSubaru site :

 

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Also running a bit of a poll here ...

I'm trying to get some wider interest in it, to see if we can get it into production ... :)

 

Cheers, Bantum ...


Edited by Bantum, 07 March 2013 - 07:48 PM.


#2 987687

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 07:43 PM

That's completely awesome!



#3 soobie_newbie67

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 07:54 PM

I'd buy one :)



#4 subeman90

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 10:33 AM

that is kind of kick a$$



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Posted 08 March 2013 - 01:12 PM

That is a SICK concept! :wub:

 

I'd own one!



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Posted 08 March 2013 - 09:32 PM

cool :)



#7 Bantum

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 08:29 AM

Thanks guys,

So if you can please like, share, forward onto others & shout it out from roof tops if you have to ... ;)  

 

P.S. - Any pointers as to who we should approach in Subaru's head office would be greatly appreciated ... :ph34r:

 Ciao, Bantum ...



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Posted 19 March 2013 - 02:52 AM

Pretty neat concept.  Thanks for posting here.



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Posted 19 March 2013 - 11:09 AM

B) ... Now if only we could get a few nibbles from a potential benefactor, we could possibly mock up a prototype ... :)


Edited by Bantum, 19 March 2013 - 11:22 AM.


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Posted 20 March 2013 - 11:43 AM

Just saw this :

 

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More here : http://www.subaru-gl....com/ms2013/ny/

 

Looks interesting - Will have to wait & see what exactly is in the Hybrid ...  :)



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Posted 25 March 2013 - 12:00 PM

Just found out Tamyia does a 1/10 scale model of the XV :

 

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 It hasn't come out of Japan yet though ...  Doh ... :(

 

More here : Tamiya-subaru-xv


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Posted 07 April 2013 - 01:45 AM

Hi all,

 

Small update, have done some more detail sketches :

 

 

Looking to model this in sketchup later ... :)

 

Cheers, Bantum ...


Edited by Bantum, 26 April 2013 - 11:56 PM.


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Posted 27 April 2013 - 12:02 AM

Update :

 

Started to model the XV Ute in Sketchup, begining with this :

 

 

Will add more as I go ... :)

 

Cheers, Bantum ...



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Posted 04 May 2013 - 06:50 AM

Update for you all ... :)

 

I've done some more on the XV Ute :

 

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Notes : Added brakes + & tread to tyre...

 

XV Drive Line :

 

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Notes : I've made a rough drive line out of online parts to suit the XV ... P.S. - I'm looking for a Subi engine too ... :ph34r:

 

Next was a draft outline of side panels :

 

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Notes : !st draft only, still needs a bit of work ...

 

Front of XV Ute :

 

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Notes : !st draft of front end, loads more work to do ...

 

Next was the XV Ute Rear End :

 

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Notes : The tail lights still need a bit of work ...  ;)  

 

Will add more when time permits ... B)

 

Cheers, Bantum ...



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Posted 09 May 2013 - 05:10 PM

Hi This is Jerry, yes a 2 door i would buy one today. Ok where can i buy this subie sign me up. I wish the ceo of subaru would read this post to see how many people would buy this truck. THanks Jerry

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 05:18 PM

Hi This is Jerry, alot of you guys are going to why don't you buy a BRZ well it is only rear wheel drive and if i spend that much money on a rear wheel drive car it will say SHELBY on it. Subaru all wheel drive baby  Thanks Jerry



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Posted 12 May 2013 - 01:54 PM

If Subaru was going to produce such a vehicle, there would have to be substantial engine upgrades.... you can't have something that's shaped like a truck with a low HP engine....it just doesn't pan out well. I love the way this looks, but to produce something like this, that looks like a truck, it has to have the capabilities of a truck, meaning towing, large load capacity, and don't forget, there would have to be some sort of dual range. not because we would need it, but because potential truck buyers see that as a must.

 

We can't forget that while we Subaru owners view all Subarus as fantastic vehicles, (Which they are!) to properly sell and market new models to potential buyers who don't already know the wonders of owning a Subaru, you have to have competitive features and capabilities. Especially with the way the car sales business is being affected by the internet. People generally only see the numbers. And in terms of towing and HP and such, the XV wouldn't even make it onto the radar.

 

IMO this is why the Baja was discontinued. YES it looks sweet. YES it has a bed to carry small things in. but it can't tow very much, it doesn't have "truck" horsepower, and the bed is too small to put anything of significant size in. Because the Baja was attempt to edge in on the truck market while not being a proper truck, it didn't sell well, and so it was discontinued.

 

I LOVE the way this concept looks. I'm not trying to shoot down anyone's ideas, but a project like this would require so much more than just a rear seat delete....

 

At the end of the day, you still have to sell vehicles to more than just your loyal customers to stay in business, and unless the vehicle can bring people into a showroom to potentially look at buying said vehicle, the parent company can't rationalize production and sale.

 

Additionally, with the internet, people are buying vehicles much differently than they were previously. AND NUMBERS COUNT. people may not know about boxer engines, they may not know much about AWD and the differences for instance between full-time and part-time systems, heck they may not even know where Subarus are produced, but they look at the numbers, and comparable models between manufacturers, and that's why then go to various dealerships, because there are comparable vehicles, and they want to try all of the similar models to choose the one that fits best. If the numbers aren't comparable, then people never even make it into the showroom.



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Posted 13 May 2013 - 10:51 AM

They sold Brats in the USA for about 10 years.   NONE of them boasted towing or hp.  Your argument is moot.  ^^^^  Well typed though.



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Posted 15 May 2013 - 05:52 PM

They sold Brats in the USA for about 10 years.   NONE of them boasted towing or hp.  Your argument is moot.  ^^^^  Well typed though.

 

That's very true, but they didn't sell well enough that Subaru continued to produce a small truck afterwards, nor did they continue the brat line (For the north American market at least.). The brat went from the Leone, to the loyale, but not to the legacy. This was because it wasn't popular enough to justify production. 

 

Additionally, the car market is NOTHING like it was when the brat was being produced.



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Posted 16 May 2013 - 12:53 AM

That's very true, but they didn't sell well enough that Subaru continued to produce a small truck afterwards, nor did they continue the brat line (For the north American market at least.). The brat went from the Leone, to the loyale, but not to the legacy. This was because it wasn't popular enough to justify production. 

 

Additionally, the car market is NOTHING like it was when the brat was being produced.

Do you know  WHY they discontinued the BRAT?   Go on, search it out.  



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Posted 22 May 2013 - 10:10 PM

Ok - time for another update :

 

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Notes : Updated front panels + Head Lights, still need a bit of work though ...

 

Up front :

 

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Notes : Added Wing Mirrors + Tidied up front Bumper ...

 

Side :

 

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Notes : Added Roof, Wing + Cabin Windows ...

 

Rear :

 

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Notes : Added Rear Tray area +  ...

 

Tray :

 

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Notes : Yes there is a 'gap' in the tray - I stuffed up the measurements & will have to go over it later ... :(

 

Query : I'm having bit of difficulty with the rear Cabin Window + Gutter & Side Pillars in allowing for water run off - Not sure how to do it, any suggestions ?

 

Had also thought of putting a hard canopy across the back too ... :P

 

Enough for now ... ;)

 

Cheers, Bantum ...


Edited by Bantum, 22 May 2013 - 10:21 PM.


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Posted 13 June 2013 - 07:27 AM

Time for another update :

 

Started on some interiors :

 

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Notes : Loosely based on the imprezza, not finished yet ...

 

Mean looking front end :

 

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Notes : Added a few extras, see if you can spot them ... :)

 

Rear end update :

 

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Notes : Added rear cover & tie down rails ...

 

And finally something to go under the bonnet :

 

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Notes : Borrowed a few bits from here & there to make it, but it seems to look alright ... :)

 

Cheers, Bantum ...



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Posted 18 June 2013 - 02:55 PM

Looks awesome, like was said before needs to have more power to sell well.

I would eliminate one set of wheels if it had a decent towing capacity.

I would most certainly buy one though.

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Posted 07 July 2013 - 07:28 PM

Add the six cylinder and that should solve the power and towing issue. Too bad they won't build it.

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Posted 20 July 2013 - 10:40 PM

Small update ...

 

Whilst I've nearly finished modelling the XV- Ute, I had some ideas for a more sportier version based on the WRX - see here ...

 

Cheers, Bantum ...


Edited by Bantum, 20 July 2013 - 10:42 PM.






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