Subaru Industrial Power Products was named Club Car’s top supplier for 2014. The Lake Zurich, Ill.-based small-engine producer received the George H. Inman Supplier of the Year award during Club Car’s annual Supplier Awards ceremony for its excellence in cooperation, product quality and support.
“Club Car engineers spent a year researching what other major engine manufacturers offered before partnering with Subaru,” said David Woodward, Club Car product manager.
Club Car uses Subaru’s 14-hp., 404-cc single-cylinder overhead cam engine in many of its golf cars and utility vehicles, including the new XRT800 and XRT850. The engine features electronic fuel injection, capacitive discharge ignition, hemispherical heads and a case-hardened steel timing chain to enhance reliability. And its splash lubrication system eliminates the need for oil filters, simplifying maintenance and reducing environmental waste.
“Receiving Club Car’s award is an honor,” said David Frank, Subaru Industrial Power Products vice president of sales and marketing. “We take pride in the quality of product we produce and the level of service we provide. For us, this award means that we are holding up our commitment to provide exceptional reliability and support, as well as offer the lowest total cost of ownership in the industry.”
Club Car, the world’s largest manufacturer of small-wheel, zero-emission electric vehicles, partnered with Subaru to design a sophisticated new engine that has more horsepower, higher efficiency and lower maintenance costs than pushrod engines used in competitive vehicles.
“We are proud to present Subaru with one of our top awards,” said Eric Powell, Club Car director of strategic resourcing. “Their exceptional warranty and 100-percent on-time delivery rate allowed us to support a substantial production surge and further expand our market position.”