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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for April 28, 2017

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...

2017 Subaru Liberty S-Edition revealed

The Subaru S-Edition badge has found its way to another model in the brand's range - the 2017 Subaru Liberty. With Subaru Australia adding just 100 examples of this slightly sportier sedan to its line-up, the car will likely be in reasonable demand - and at a cost of just $2000 over the cost of the 2.5i Premium model. That makes this version a $38,240 proposition...

2017 Subaru WRX S-Edition on sale now

Another year, another special-edition version of the Subaru WRX. This time around it's the 2017 Subaru WRX S-Edition, a warmed-over version of the WRX Premium with some interior and exterior enhancements that is limited to 250 units in Australia. The WRX S-Edition adds STI seats and interior trim elements such as an STI gearknob (whether you choose manual or auto)...

Subaru exec says ‘everybody’ is telling them their cars are underpowered

A senior Subaru executive has been frank with CarAdvice about the brand’s latest drivetrain being short on power. Masahiko Inoue, Subaru project general manager product and portfolio division, told CarAdvice in a one-on-one interview at the launch of the new Subaru XV in Japan this week that he has been copping it from all angles about the 2...

2017 Subaru XV detailed

The all-new 2017 Subaru XV has been detailed ahead of its local launch in Australia in the middle of this year. The new model doesn’t stray far from the formula that saw the current-generation Subaru XV become a smash success for the brand, with the hatchback version of the Impreza again getting raised suspension, more aggressive bumpers, flared wheel-arches and larger wheels...

Subaru Ascent concept: Seven-seat Tribeca replacement unveiled

The Subaru Ascent concept, heralded last year by the Viziv-7 show car, has debuted at this week's New York motor show. Previewing the long-expected replacement for the Tribeca crossover, the Ascent concept is 5050mm long, 1989mm wide, 1839mm tall, and rides on a 2972mm wheelbase...

Subaru Ascent seven-seat SUV: Right-hand drive not ruled out just yet

There’s a slim chance the new-generation Subaru Ascent SUV – the Japanese brand’s biggest-ever model and long-awaited successor to the Tribeca – may be offered in right-hand drive. Ascent is the name the brand's US arm has chosen for its new SUV model, presaged by the Viziv-7 concept, a show-car measuring 5199 millimetres long, 2030mm wide and 1878mm tall...

Subaru recalls 33,000 vehicles for Takata airbag replacement

Subaru has issued a recall for 33,228 vehicles across a range of model lines, as part of the ongoing Takata airbag saga. Affected vehicles include 11,234 units of the 2008-2011 Impreza and WRX, 12,313 of the 2009-2012 Forester, 1817 of the 2004-2009 Liberty and Outback, and 673 2009-2010 Tribeca vehicles...

2018 Subaru Outback facelift unveiled in the US

A facelift for the Subaru Outback wagon has been unveiled ahead of its in-the-flesh debut next week at the New York motor show. The revised raised-height Outback wagon has gained a similar suite of revisions as were bestowed on the Liberty/Legacy sedan just a few months ago...

Five brands swimming against the tide in Australia, growing sales

The 2017 sales year is off to a bit of a slow start, with cumulative numbers down 3.8 per cent to 173,935 units, over last year’s all-time record. We’ve seen declines in passenger cars, SUVs and light commercials alike, suggesting this year might see the market cool off ever-so-slightly...

CarAdvice podcast 43: Geneva motor show!

Mandy, Paul and Mike Stevens are in the studio this week. Included in car news is the PSA takeover of Opel, Volkswagen Australia applying ‘firm pressure’ on factory for safer Amarok, the 2017 Peugeot 3008 wins European Car of the Year, Mitsubishi Lancer future in doubt, Kia Stinger pricing and positioning crucial for success, KTM X-Bow is on sale in Australia...