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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.
Subaru WRX S4 teased prior to August reveal

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Subaru WRX S4 teased prior to August reveal

Subaru has given us a first glimpse of the new Subaru WRX S4 that will be revealed in Japan on August 25. Few concrete details are known about the new car, but we do know that the WRX S4 will be equipped with the latest version of EyeSight, which uses colour stereo cameras to detect pedestrians and vehicles...

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Subaru XV Black limited edition expands local SUV line-up
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Subaru XV Black limited edition expands local SUV line-up

The limited edition Subaru XV Black has been added to the compact SUVs range, priced from $29,740. Limited to 300 cars and spread across all three existing Subaru XV variants – equipped with both six-speed manual and continuously variable transmissions – the limited edition Black comes at a $1250 premium but adds a claimed $2500 worth of value...


Medium SUV Comparison : Jeep Cherokee v Mazda CX-5 v Toyota RAV4 v Nissan X-Trail v Ford Kuga v Subaru Forester v Hyundai ix35 v Honda CR-V v Mitsubishi Outlander v Kia Sportage
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Medium SUV Comparison : Jeep Cherokee v Mazda CX-5 v Toyota RAV4 v Nissan X-Trail v Ford Kuga v Subaru Forester v Hyundai ix35 v Honda CR-V v Mitsubishi Outlander v Kia Sportage

Assembled for this mega-test are 10 models that represent one-third of total SUV volume in Australia – and that’s without including sales for the newest contender here and catalyst for this test, the Jeep Cherokee. It looks bold, it’s available only with petrol engines (for now), and it’s priced under $40,000 to compete with the mainstream...


Subaru BRZ no one-generation wonder, says FHI boss
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Subaru BRZ no one-generation wonder, says FHI boss

The Subaru BRZ will not just be a one-generation wonder, insists the boss of the Japanese car maker’s parent company. Fuji Heavy Industries president Yasuyuki Yoshinaga told Automotive News the brand would again collaborate with Toyota on a successor to its current rear-wheel-drive, two-door sports car, which is twinned with the Toyota 86...


Autonomous emergency braking explained

Safety is a top priority for those in the market for a new car, and when it comes to active safety features AEB is changing the game -- in fact it could save your life. Modern car safety systems, like forward collision detection, can help spot danger and warn the driver. Autonomous emergency braking (AEB) goes one step further and can automatically apply the brakes...


Subaru Australia introduces capped-price servicing
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Subaru Australia introduces capped-price servicing

Subaru Australia has launched a comprehensive capped-price servicing program to cover owners for the life of their vehicles. The capped-price servicing program will apply to the Japanese manufacturer’s entire new vehicle range from tomorrow (July 1) and will also retrospectively cover vehicles back to the 2006 model year...


Subaru Forester diesel automatic due in 2015
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Subaru Forester diesel automatic due in 2015

A diesel automatic version of the Subaru Forester is scheduled to launch in Australia in the first half of 2015. The addition of a self-shifting diesel version of the Subaru Forester has been confirmed by the company's local arm, with an expected arrival in the first half of the year to coincide with a mid-life update of the popular SUV...


Sports car comparison : Subaru WRX STI v Audi S3 v Volkswagen Golf R
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Sports car comparison : Subaru WRX STI v Audi S3 v Volkswagen Golf R

The new Subaru WRX STI has a lot to live up to, especially now that we know the garden variety WRX is a significantly better car than the old model in every way. The early signs are good, because the STI in Premium guise, as tested here, immediately ramps up the bang-for-your-buck factor. At $54,990 (or $49,990 if you forgo luxury kit), it’s a massive $10,000 cheaper than the model it replaces...


Audi S3 v Subaru WRX STI v Volkswagen Golf R: $60K all-wheel-drive shoot-out
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Audi S3 v Subaru WRX STI v Volkswagen Golf R: $60K all-wheel-drive shoot-out

Subaru's latest WRX STi is out to find a broader audience, while the new Golf R and S3 are faster and sportier than ever before - so, which has found the sweet spot?


Old v New : 1994 v 2014 Subaru WRX, 1989 v 2014 Peugeot GTi, 1968 v 2014 Mini Cooper S
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Old v New : 1994 v 2014 Subaru WRX, 1989 v 2014 Peugeot GTi, 1968 v 2014 Mini Cooper S

Comparing old with new might seem like an unfair comparison because, with few exceptions, new models are bigger, safer, more refined and more economical, often quicker, too. All of which might leave an earlier iteration without a hope. However, the flipside is that previous models are smaller and rawer, which are negatives if you’re talking about a Corolla, but can be desirable qualities in the rarefied realm of high-performance icons...


Old versus New: Legendary Badges Compared
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Old versus New: Legendary Badges Compared

Would you swap your classic car for the current model? The owners of a 1967 Morris Mini Cooper S, 1989 Peugeot 205 GTi and 1997 Subaru WRX compare their iconic first-generation vehicles with the new models.


Subaru WRX v Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance v Renault Megane RS: Track test
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Subaru WRX v Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance v Renault Megane RS: Track test

Reigning Renault hot-hatch comes under fire on two fronts, as Subaru and Volkswagen attempt to dethrone it in a straight line and around a racetrack.


Sports car comparison : Subaru WRX v Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance v Renault Megane RS265
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Sports car comparison : Subaru WRX v Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance v Renault Megane RS265

Rewind two decades and the Subaru WRX was the affordable performance king, its launch immaculately timed with the rise of Playstation rally games and the temporary demise of hot-hatches. By the end of the 1990s the Peugeot 306 GTi had died, while the Volkswagen Golf GTI had become a softie. Not long into the new millenium, though, a hot-hatch reprise was led by a reborn Golf GTI, and the tables turned...


Subaru 2020 strategy focuses on improved vehicle quality, new SUVs
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Subaru 2020 strategy focuses on improved vehicle quality, new SUVs

Subaru will aim to increase vehicle quality rather than dramatically boost sales under parent company Fuji Heavy Industries’ new mid-term management strategy. FHI’s ‘Prominence 2020’ mission statement includes its vision for Subaru as “not big in size, but a high-quality company with distinctive strengths”...


2014 Subaru Forester Review : 2.5i Auto
Rating: 710 /10
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2014 Subaru Forester Review : 2.5i Auto

The Subaru Forester has morphed from a lifted, high-clearance wagon to something of a serious off roader in recent years.

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$32,990

Subaru WRX smashes Australian sales record
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Subaru WRX smashes Australian sales record

The Subaru WRX has smashed its monthly sales record, with Australians purchasing 691 of the all-new fourth-generation sports cars in April. The landmark sales result easily surpasses the WRX’s previous 469-unit record that has stood since popularity of the original first-generation model peaked in 1999...


2015 Subaru BRZ gets suspension revisions, subtle tweaks
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2015 Subaru BRZ gets suspension revisions, subtle tweaks

A subtly updated version of the Subaru BRZ is set to arrive in Australia in the coming months after being unveiled in Japan overnight. The introduction of the 2015 Subaru BRZ comes just days after Toyota announced an almost identical list of upgrades for its half of the Japanese sports car partnership, the 86...


2015 Subaru WRX STI Review
Rating: 810 /10
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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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$49,990 to $54,990

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...


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...