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by Tim Beissmann

The 2011 Subaru Liberty and Outback are now available with Bluetooth wireless technology across both model ranges.

Previously available on selected Libertys and Outbacks, the entry-level Liberty 2.5i and Outback 2.5i are now in line with the rest of the range with the addition of Bluetooth compatibility.

Subaru Australia managing director, Nick Senior, said the update adds consistency to both ranges.

“It’s a logical progression to include this increasingly popular feature across all models in our Liberty and Outback line-ups,” Mr Senior said.

“It continues our commitment to steadily refining our specifications with the start of every new model year.”

Subaru Australia’s David Rowley confirmed the addition of Bluetooth would be the only change to the 2011 model year Liberty and Outback ranges.

“That’s pretty much it. Both cars are still pretty new … so it’s steady as she goes,” Mr Rowley said.

Sales of Outback are up 81 percent through the first 10 month of 2010, while Liberty sales have increased 27 percent year-to-date.

Despite this, Liberty’s share of the medium sub-$60K market has decreased more than five percent this year, while Outback has also lost 3.2 percent compared with 2009 in the compact SUV market.

Mr Rowley confirmed the 2011 models have hit showrooms and are available now.




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