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Grip : GRIP February 2013
GRIP FEBRUARY 2013 SUBARU’S NETWORK NEWS CLICK ONTHE PAGETO ZOOM GRIP is published by Subaru Australia for the benefit of Subaru retailers. Letters to the editor, suggestions on content and general feedback are all welcome. Contact: Jeremy Kazanis, Subaru (Aust) Pty Ltd, PO Box 8311, BAULKHAM HILLS 2153. ph: (02) 8892 9252; fax: (02) 8892 9131 email@example.com GRIP View photos from the new Baker Motors facility - click here CONTACT GRIP Editor INSIDE GRIP HOME PAGE DEALERSHIPS RETAILER OF THE YEAR 40 YEARS OF SUBARU PRODUCT NEWS AFTERSALES FLEET TRENDS DEALER STATS SPORT OUTBACK DIESEL JOINS SUV MARKET Goran Popov Product Planning Manager AUSTRALIA’S appetite for SUVs continues to grow. In large SUVs, in particular, this grow th is largely attributed to an increasing demand for a diesel/ automatic transmission combination. In fact, diesel autos accounted for just over half of all large SUV sales in 2013, a phenomenal increase from 2010 where they only accounted for three per cent. This bodes well for the new Outback diesel CVT, which will be launched in March. This ultra-efficient SUV will feature Subaru’s newest LineartronicTM Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), joining the six-speed manual variants. It is the first auto transmission coupled with a diesel boxer engine. In fact, it will be the only SUV in the Australian market with a diesel CVT combination. The only other manufacturer offering CVT diesel is Audi, in the A4, A5 and A6 passenger models. Outback diesel CVT offers dynamic performance and drivability aided by an ‘Adaptive Control’ feature. Adaptive Control provides a stepped variable control to deliver a better feel for changes in speed, similar to regularly geared autos. The seven-speed manual mode, controlled by steering wheel mounted paddles, allows for faster and smoother gear changes compared to conventional automatic transmissions. The new model will be available in entry-level 2.0D, which features factory-fitted satellite navigation - and 2.0D Premium trims. The Premium adds a variety of features, including electric sunroof, leather trim, eight-way power driver’s seat with memory function and electroluminescent gauges with colour information display. The automatic diesels will share a wide range of other changes in the Outback MY13 line-up, including revised grille, front bumper,
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