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The Mercury Cars Guide : September 12th 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au ---3 Diesel boxer in the ring The biggest breakthrough at Subaru since the universal switch to all-wheel drive has been delayed until November. Paul Gover tells us why CAPTION: The 2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R will be powered by Subaru's new diesel boxer engine. SUBARU'S new diesel boxer engine will not make it down under for another two months, well after the arrival of the all-new Liberty this week, and it will only be fitted to the high-rider Outback. ''We're going to launch the diesel in Australia in the Out- back model,'' says the father of the new Liberty-Outback range, Takeshi Tachimori. The Japanese vice-president of Subaru was driving in the first Outback diesel to reach Australia during Repco Rally Australia last weekend and says the car is a major break- through for the company. But he says a massive devel- opment program in recent years on everything from the latest Impreza to the new Tri- beca means there will be a staggered roll-out of the diesel engine, even though it is al- ready fitted to the Impreza, Forester, Liberty and Outback in Europe. ''In just two years we up- dated the whole vehicle lineup; it's such big work for us,'' Tachimori says. He says the biggest changes for the new Liberty and Out- back are the cabin space and body design, which were both focussed on American needs. The previous Subaru models were seen as too small in the US and that meant a major change. ''We discussed that we must look for the global market; we shifted the target to a global direction,'' he says. ''Japanese people said the new Forester is too big, but it's notabigcarintheUSor Australia. ''People looking at the new Liberty and Outback say they are so big, but the change is not so big. ''The height is a significant increase, and also the propor- tion. ''For this fifth generation we changed our centre of gravity, moving to a global position.'' Tachimori also says Subaru went against the normal devel- opment flow by designing its Liberty wagon first. ''Most car companies make the sedan and then add the cargo space,'' he said. ''We began with the wagon as we are sharing the car body with sedan, station wagon and out- back. ''We wanted a strong pres- ence, especially with the Out- back model.'' The packaging is a mixture of a sedan and SUV. Apart from the diesel engine, the big technical change for the new Liberty and Outback is Subaru's first constantly- variable automatic transmis- sion. It has a six-speed manual mode and was done in-house because of the complication of mating it to the company's unique boxer engines and all- wheel drive package. ''Our powertrain is very unique and our problem is making a good transmission; we cannot have a transmission from a supplier,'' Tachimori says. ''Transmission is always a problem for us. ''We had to a have a better transmission for better fuel economy, so several years ago we decided to make a new transmission and it will be CVT.'' Poetic entry waxes lyrical THE final week of our CarsGuide readers for the FPV Guest Tester competition has had some clever entries. This week's winner is Gregory Martin of Sandy Bay, who waxed somewhat poetic with: ''This would be a dream come true, and prove to all that I'm true (FPV) blue.'' He wins the FPV prize pack worth $80, and joins others from around the country as contenders to win the final prize: the chance to fly to Melbourne and test drive the new mystery FPV car being unveiled next month, with a guided tour of the FPV and Ford Performance Racing workshops, hosted by one of FPRs V8 Supercar drivers. The competition has now closed, the judges have been locked in a small room, and they'll emerge in time for us to announce the winner next week. SUBARU SUPER SALE Performance Subaru 6210 7000 Cnr. Argyle & Burnett Streets, Hobar t www.performanceautomobiles.com.au Confidence Comes Standard. Every current model Subaru comes with: Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive Horizontally opposed Boxer engine VDC electronic stability control Electronic Throttle Control Dual front, front side and curtain airbags 3 year unlimited km warranty New generation Subaru Liberty & Outback HERE NOW! TEST DRIVE TODAY! Impreza R Special Edition With $1,500 worth of extra value at no extra cost. -- Integrated Bluetooth -- Garmin Nuvi255W Portable Satellite Navigation -- Reverse Parking Assistance System $26,788 driveaway Automatic available at extra cost. Forester Demo Special Edition -- 4 Cylinder Boxer Engine -- VDC Stability Control --ABS&EBD -- Symmetrical AWD -- Air Conditioning -- 16" Wheels Forester X Demonstrator $33,990 driveaway ON TODAY!
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