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Subaru built its first car (Subaru 1500) in 1954 having spent the previous decade as the major supplier of aircraft to the Japanese airforce during World War II. Today the Japanese company is best known for its emphasis on All-Wheel-Drive technology, using that as a differentiating factor from other Japanese manufacturers. Subaru gained prominence in Australia with cars such as the Impreza WRX and Forester & the only rear-wheel-drive BRZ which have earned the company a well deserved reputation for reliability and performance. Subaru currently sells five models in Australia including the Liberty, Outback, Tribeca and is the eighth best selling brand.
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  • Sub-$50K price tag; overall ride and bump absorption; steering response; smooth power delivery; beefed up six-speed gearbox
  • No Recaro seats; Boxer rumble all but gone; no auto option; no direct injection

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2015 Subaru WRX STI Review

The hottest version of the WRX is cheaper and better than ever before.

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Subaru Liberty :: sedan only for new-generation mid-size model
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Subaru Liberty : sedan only for new-generation mid-size model

The new-generation Subaru Liberty will only come as a sedan, a senior engineer from the Japanese company has indicated to CarAdvice at the 2014 New York auto show. Masayuki Uchida, senior project general manager of the Subaru Legacy concept, spoke with CarAdvice at the reveal of the new Subaru Outback at the New York show, where he stated the brand’s medium car range will be offered only as a sedan, with wagon duties being taken care of by the new Outback and smaller Levorg model...


2015 Subaru Outback revealed
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2015 Subaru Outback revealed

The all-new 2015 Subaru Outback has been revealed at the 2014 New York auto show, 20 years after the first ever Outback model was revealed in the Big Apple. The new Subaru crossover wagon carries more of the XV-style body cladding that we've come to expect, with new dark plastic protection plastics on the body sills and front and rear bumper bars...


2015 Subaru WRX STI : stuns with $49,990 price tag
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2015 Subaru WRX STI : stuns with $49,990 price tag

The 2015 Subaru WRX STI has been priced at a scarcely believable $49,990, a full $10,000 under the starting price of the model it replaces. It’s the most surprising price tag for a performance model since Toyota launched the 86 at $29,990 in 2012. There’s an $11,000 reduction for the Subaru WRX STI Premium model, which now starts from $54,990 and adds a number of creature comforts...


2015 Subaru Outback teased
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2015 Subaru Outback teased

The all-new sixth-generation Subaru Outback has been teased ahead of its New York auto show reveal later this month. Shown in a single teaser image, the US-specification Subaru Outback shares much with the Subaru Levorg wagon concept – first seen at the 2013 Tokyo motor show – including its three-slatted grille, headlights, bonnet creases and wing mirrors...


2015 Subaru WRX Review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2015 Subaru WRX Review

Is the new Subaru WRX the best performance car under 40k?

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$38,990 to $45,990

2015 Subaru WRX Specifications : Technical guide
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2015 Subaru WRX Specifications : Technical guide

The launch of the 2015 Subaru WRX marks the fourth generation of the iconic model that now brings more power and torque, higher levels of standard equipment and at the lowest entry price in its 20-year history. Starting from $38,990, the new Rex has seen substantial technical changes from the previous model, including a smaller engine, new transmissions options and upgrades to the chassis, transmission, brakes and other areas...


2015 Subaru WRX pricing from $38,990
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2015 Subaru WRX pricing from $38,990

The fourth-generation 2015 Subaru WRX will go on sale in Australia with a starting price of $38,990, making it the cheapest WRX to ever grace Australian showrooms. The new Subaru WRX goes on sale almost exactly 20 years after the original WRX was launched in 1994...


2015 Subaru Outback : New crossover wagon spied benchmarking Audi Q5
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2015 Subaru Outback : New crossover wagon spied benchmarking Audi Q5

CarAdvice’s spy photographers have snapped the 2015 Subaru Outback just weeks out from its New York motor show unveiling. Based on the all-new Subaru Liberty that debuted in Chicago last month, the fifth-generation Outback combines the former’s core design elements with the traditional rugged crossover add-ons of the high-riding wagon model...


Subaru STI family a "good idea", says spokesman
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Subaru STI family a "good idea", says spokesman

A spokesman from Subaru’s Japanese parent company says in-house tuner STI may evolve into a performance sub-division in the future to rival Nissan’s Nismo sports arm. Speaking with CarAdvice at the Geneva motor show, Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) corporate communications spokesman Masato Saito said creating a family of high-performance STI variants positioned at the top of a number of model lines was “a good idea”...


Subaru Viziv 2 : sub-compact SUV concept closer to production-ready
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Subaru Viziv 2 : sub-compact SUV concept closer to production-ready

The Subaru Viziv 2 Concept is an evolution of the sub-compact SUV concept previewed at last year’s Tokyo, and makes its debut as a more evolved species at the Geneva motor show today. Inspired by the phrase ‘Vision for Innovation’, the Subaru Viziv 2 Concept also looks close to production-ready as a vision for increased sales in an SUV-booming global market...


Medium car comparison : Toyota Camry v Mazda 6 v Nissan Altima v Skoda Octavia v Holden Malibu v Hyundai i40
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Medium car comparison : Toyota Camry v Mazda 6 v Nissan Altima v Skoda Octavia v Holden Malibu v Hyundai i40

Medium is the new large. By 2017 when the large car segment will have been thrown into further disarray with the loss of the Ford Falcon and question marks surrounding imported replacements for the Holden Commodore and Toyota Aurion, it really has to be. The mass exodus from large six-cylinder family sedans that has happened in recent years, however, hasn’t been the expected boon for medium cars...

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$28,490

Subaru Viziv 2 : Crossover coupe concept teased
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Subaru Viziv 2 : Crossover coupe concept teased

The Subaru Viziv 2 concept will give an insight into the car maker’s latest vision for a future crossover vehicle when it debuts at next month’s Geneva motor show. The Viziv 2 concept – teased in the technicolour sketch above – is Subaru’s third take on the high-riding two-door model, following the original Viziv concept from last year’s Swiss show (pictured below) and the Viziv Evolution from November’s Tokyo show...


Subaru WRX STI Video Review
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Subaru WRX STI Video Review

Alborz Fallah heads to the iconic Laguna Seca race track in California, USA to drive the new Subaru WRX STI.


2015 Subaru Liberty : Aiming to take advantage of large car sales decline
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2015 Subaru Liberty : Aiming to take advantage of large car sales decline

Subaru hopes the new Liberty can take advantage of the continuing decline of large car sales in Australia. Speaking to CarAdvice at the launch of the new Subaru WRX STI, Subaru Australia boss Nick Senior said the new Liberty could benefit from more fleets allowing buyers to pick a wider variety of cars, outside of the soon-to-be-extinct local manufacturers...


Subaru WRX STI : Engine has "reached the highest point"
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Subaru WRX STI : Engine has "reached the highest point"

Subaru admits that its EJ25 engine utilised in the soon to be release Subaru WRX STI has all but reached its full potential. Subaru WRX project manager Masuo Takatsu admitted that work on the engine for the new Subaru WRX STI was not high on the agenda, given more could be done with an improved chassis and body structure...


2014 Subaru WRX STI : the technical guide
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2014 Subaru WRX STI : the technical guide

The 2014 Subaru Impreza WRX STI will arrive in Australia in April, one month after its less powerful WRX sibling. Only a few weeks before the WRX marks its 20th anniversary in Australia, the new fourth-generation performance STI sedan has kept true to its predecessors by offering a raw performance car designed for everyday and motorsport use...


2014 Subaru WRX STI Review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2014 Subaru WRX STI Review

The 2014 Subaru WRX STI has a lot of weight on its shoulders.

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$60,990

Subaru WRX more revolutionary changes than STI
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Subaru WRX more revolutionary changes than STI

The all-new Subaru WRX has seen the bulk of the changes to Subaru’s performance range as Subaru evolves its higher-performance STI while giving the WRX a more revolutionary step up. With the new WRX set to launch in March, followed by the STI in April, fans have been left wondering why the new STI carries over the exact same powertrain as the previous model while the WRX has seen a boost in performance and new transmission options...


Subaru Levorg still on the wish list for Austraila
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Subaru Levorg still on the wish list for Austraila

The Subaru Levorg sports touring wagon is still on the wish list for Australia as it gears up to go on sale in the Japanese domestic market. The Subaru Levorg sports tourer wagon started pre-orders early January and managed to rack up an impressive 4,000 orders in its first two weeks...


2014 Subaru Liberty : first official images and details
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2014 Subaru Liberty : first official images and details

The 2014 Subaru Liberty has emerged to reveal a new look and a raft of new features and improvements for the Japanese brand’s medium car contender. Subaru’s official images confirm the authenticity of leaked pictures of the new Liberty obtained by CarAdvice earlier this week...


2015 Subaru Liberty : leaked images reveal new-generation mid-size sedan
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2015 Subaru Liberty : leaked images reveal new-generation mid-size sedan

The new-generation Subaru Liberty appears to have been leaked ahead of its official reveal at this week's Chicago auto show. Images purportedly showing the new Liberty have been provided to CarAdvice just days ahead of the sixth-generation version's reveal - and if genuine show the Japanese brand has again dialled things down on the styling front, following the bold-looking Legacy Concept (bottom image) shown at the 2013 LA motor show...


Subaru Forester gets $1000 price cut
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Subaru Forester gets $1000 price cut

  The entry-level Subaru Forester has had its price shaved from $30,990 to $29,990 plus on road costs, undercutting all of its AWD rivals in the medium SUV segment. The new price makes the Subaru Forester 2...


2015 Subaru Liberty teased
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2015 Subaru Liberty teased

The first teaser image of the new-generation Subaru Liberty sedan has been revealed ahead of next week's Chicago auto show. Details on the all-new mid-size sedan - which will be revealed wearing the Legacy nameplate but will to bare the Liberty badge when it arrives in Australia in 2015 - are still to be confirmed, though the Japanese company has stated the new model is the production version of the Legacy concept car shown at the Los Angeles auto show in November 2013...


Subaru WRX STI : real enthusiasts want to drive manual, says boss
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Subaru WRX STI : real enthusiasts want to drive manual, says boss

The fourth-generation Subaru WRX STI will shun its entire competitor set by being offered singularly with a six-speed manual transmission, a position the company has defended by saying true enthusiasts don’t want an automatic...


Subaru WRX STI : 227kW sports sedan revealed
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Subaru WRX STI : 227kW sports sedan revealed

The all-new Subaru WRX STI has become the most powerful production car in the Japanese manufacturer's history, and claims to be stiffer, more agile and more luxurious than ever before. Like its predecessor, the fourth-generation Subaru WRX STI is powered by a turbocharged 2.5-litre four-cylinder 'boxer' petrol engine, maintaining a half-litre advantage over the regular WRX...


2014 Subaru Impreza cut to $23,990 driveaway
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2014 Subaru Impreza cut to $23,990 driveaway

Prices cuts of up to $2190 have been announced for the 2014 Subaru Impreza, with driveaway pricing on the entry-level model leading the charge. Equipped with a six-speed manual transmission, the entry-level Subaru Impreza 2.0i is now available from $23,990 driveaway, down from the base model's previous $23,990 list price (before on-road costs)...


Subaru WRX STI racer previews production sports car
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Subaru WRX STI racer previews production sports car

A racing version of the all-new Subaru WRX STI has been revealed, giving us our first official look at the highly anticipated sports sedan. The computer-generated image of the livery-splashed racecar comes a day after shots of the new Subaru WRX STI production car leaked online, uncovering its exterior styling days ahead of its planned unveiling in Detroit on Tuesday...


Subaru WRX STI revealed in leaked images
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Subaru WRX STI revealed in leaked images

Images of the new-generation Subaru WRX STI have leaked online, revealing the exterior styling of the heavily hyped sports car. Not due to be officially unveiled until next week's Detroit auto show, the images – which appeared on Mexican website Terra Autos – confirm more aggressive aesthetics for the Japanese car maker's flagship performance model...


Subaru WRX STI : Detroit debut confirmed for performance flagship
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Subaru WRX STI : Detroit debut confirmed for performance flagship

The Subaru WRX STI has been confirmed to make its world premiere at next week's Detroit auto show. Subaru of America announced the planned US unveiling this week, though remains tight-lipped on details, releasing only one image (pictured above) at this stage...