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Today is Thursday so that can only mean one thing. Time to take a look at another piece of automotive advertising straight out of my personal vintage magazine collection.

As I was flipping through my mags looking for an interesting ad to share, I found what I was looking for in this ad for the 1975 Subaru GL Coupe.

1975 Subaru GL Coupe Vintage Magazine Ad

It’s not the flashiest ad in the world, heck it’s not even a color ad.

In today’s world of print advertising, this ad wouldn’t grab anyone’s attention, but back in 1975 it had enough to make an interested reader stop and check it out.

Set your Internet time machine back 40 years, and let’s take a look at this vintage magazine ad for the 1975 Subaru GL Coupe!

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Here’s the reality when it comes to the vehicles our teenagers drive. Too often, budget takes precedence over safety.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting parents don’t care about their children’s safety. Of course they do. Probably more so than their own.

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That being said, a recent study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found that more than half of all used cars purchased for teenage drivers were 2006 or earlier model year vehicles.

Also, the study found that two-thirds of teenagers who drove a vehicle already in the household were driving models from 2006 or earlier.

What Changed After 2006?

I know what you’re thinking. “What is it about cars from 2006 and earlier that make them less safe?”

The fact is that vehicles from 2006 and earlier aren’t likely to have safety features like Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Side Airbags – both proven in their ability to help keep drivers and passengers of all ages safe and sound.

Electronic Stability Control (sometimes referred to electronic stability program, stabilitrak or vehicle stability program) is a technology that improves a vehicle’s stability by detecting and reducing loss of traction.

When ESC detects loss of steering control, it automatically applies the brakes to help “steer” the vehicle where the driver intends to go. Braking is automatically applied to wheels individually, such as the outer front wheel to counter oversteer or the inner rear wheel to counter understeer.

A pretty impressive technology and I’m sure if you had the choice, you’d prefer your children were driving a vehicle that came with some form of ESC, right?

Once a feature that was mostly found on European Luxury cars, the technology quickly trickled down to all automakers by the mid-2000’s.

It became such an effective technology in preventing accidents, that in 2008 some form of Electronic Stability Control was mandated to be a standard feature on all vehicles weighing under 10,000 pounds.

Budget AND Safety

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Nowadays the web is packed with information and tips on ways to spend less on gas by improving your fuel economy. Heck, we even post gas saving tips ourselves from time to time.

While there’s a time and place for tips to increase your fuel economy, the reality is that maintaining your conventional car’s gas mileage is a lifelong task that takes up your valuable time and money.

So let me ask you this….

2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

Would you like a way to not only save money at the pump, but free up your valuable time as well?

If so, then the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid just might be the car for you.

With its advanced technology and hybrid electric drive, the Subaru XV Crosstrek has the lowest emissions out of All-Wheel Drive hybrid crossovers in the U.S.

This means less need for auto repair and better gas mileage. What’s not to like about that?

Here are a few more reasons to love Subaru’s XV Crosstrek Hybrid.

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Sure, you’ve heard the buzz about the all-new 2015 Subaru Outback, but is it just hype? With 33 mpg, 108 cubic feet of interior volume and a brand-new upgraded interior, it’s no wonder everyone’s talking about it.

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As the world’s first sport/utility wagon, the Subaru Outback has a long history of being an industry leader. Let me fill you in on everything you need to know about the new Subaru SUV.

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I’m going to let you in on a little secret…

Right around the time our digital marketing team was getting ready to cover the 2014 North American International Auto Show, I began to hear whispers that maybe (just maybe) we’d adding a Subaru franchise to our family of dealerships in the near future.

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So as we made our way downtown, I kept reminding myself to keep my eyes open for something cool and fun from Subaru that we could add to our media library. You know, something to have on hand to share just in case.

It wasn’t long after we got done shooting a video on the North American Car and Truck of the Year that I wandered towards the Subaru exhibit…and stopped dead in my tracks.

There, standing confidently in front of me, was quite possibly one of the coolest looking cars that I’ve ever seen.

Painted a vibrant shade of blue and adorned with gold alloy wheels, I realized I was standing face-to-grill with the 2015 Subaru WRX STI.

This particular model is known as the 2015 Subaru WRX Launch Edition, and all I could say was “wow”.

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