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Grip : GRIP January 2012
XV COMMENT GRIP XV OFFERS EVERYONE SO mUch By Nick Senior Managing Director THE Subaru XV is here at last and already it is making an impact. I recently finished some dealer visits in Tasmania, and their feedback is that the car is bringing new traffic to their showrooms. I hope it is the case around the country. This nex t few months, with the launch of the new Impreza to follow in late February, provides us a unique opportunity to kick- start the year. The XV is certainly an exciting product. It is the first SUV to have start stop standard across its entire range. Combined with weight saving materials and a new CVT, we have managed to produce an incredibly fuel-efficient vehicle. For instance, our CVT XV produces less emissions than the Tiguan Blue Motion automatic diesel. Its fuel consumption advantage over two-wheel drive – yes, two-wheel drive competitors – is astounding. Eleven per cent better than the two-wheel drive petrol ASX and nearly 15 per cent better than a two-wheel drive petrol Dualis. And our emissions are 12 per cent and 17 per cent better than these vehicles, remembering All-Wheel Drive versus two-wheel drive. And unlike all the petrol Tiguans, the XV runs on basic unleaded fuel, not the 95 RON Premium demanded by our European friends. The case for the XV becomes even more compelling when you drive it – it really takes the ride and handling standard for SUV vehicles to a new level. OurXVisalsoanSUVin the traditional sense – it’s got All-Wheel Drive across the range, it’s also the only competitor with more than 200mm ground clearance – 220mm in fact. So, in a Subaru XV you’re not confined to the suburbs, the horizon is your only limitation. And this is a vehicle only Subaru could build – why is the CVT All-Wheel Drive Dualis nearly 243 kilograms heavier, and Tiguan All-Wheel Drive 246 kg heavier? That’s because the efficiency and simplicity of our symmetrical drivetrain is an ideal platform for an All- Wheel Drive vehicle. Of course, not having to lug the extra weight around brings with it dynamic and economy benefits. So we have amazing new generation Subaru stories to tell, firstly with XV, then closely followed nex t month by Impreza, then BRZ in mid-year and then new generation Forester in 12 months. There will be a few other surprises thrown in. Every one of these new models will reflect Subaru‘s clear focus on style, quality, economy, environment and, of course, the traditional Subaru traits of durability, safety and engineering, which collectively result in great retained value. Our XV fun machine is about to give the compact SUV market a massive shake-up. Just as our Forester and Outback pioneered new segments for Subaru in Australia, XV will do the same. It’s engineered to be tough, yet economical; sporty, yet comfortable; stylish, yet fun, and it’s got genuine Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive credentials, which sets it apart from many four wheel drives that offer promise, but no punch when it comes to real handling ability and grip. XV cleverly offers both nimble driving and impressive environmental credentials. Fuji Heavy Industries have also paid close attention to some critical areas, including interior quality, efficiency and exterior design. They’ve clearly scored in each category. Overlay that with Subaru’s undoubted safety credentials and you’ve got a truly formidable package that will demand attention. XV is a clear indicator of what’s to come from Subaru in terms of new technology and design, so it’s fair to say we’re very excited about our future. A rush of new product will help drive sales growth towards 2015. “WE HAVE AMAZING NEW GENERATION SUBARU STORIES TO TELL: XV, THEN IMPREZA, BRZ AND THEN THE NEW FORESTER.” INSIDE GRIP HOME PAGE FROM THE MD XV COMMENT PARTS & ACCESSORIES AFTERSALES MARKETING NEW SUBARU XV WHAT’S IN THE PRESS BRAND COMPARISON DEALER RANKINGS SPORT
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