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Australia's most affordable hybrid and electric cars

The list of electric car and hybrid car options in Australia expands with every passing year, but their often prohibitive cost – particularly in the case of EVs – remains a major barrier to their uptake. Hybrid drivetrains are complex, while batteries for hybrid or electric cars are expensive to manufacture, which bumps up the price of hybrid and electric cars across the board...

CarAdvice podcast: How Coronavirus is affecting the industry, and Mandy's last show!

This week on the podcast is Mandy Turner, James Ward, and Mike Stevens. In car news, police suspend mass random breath testing in some states amid the coronavirus outbreak, details for the 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR have been released, a 'Sporty' Subaru Forester is bound for Australia, Volkswagen is targeting zero crashes by 2050, and Mike checks out some of the headline stories from the week...

'Sporty' Subaru Forester bound for Australia

But don't expect any funky business under the bonnet.

Subaru XV, Forester hybrids sold out until May

Subaru Australia's new range of hybrid SUVs has hit the ground running, with their initial allocations of Forester and XV SUVs selling out until May 2020. Subaru has received over 4000 registrations of interest for its new hybrid SUVs, which are now going out to customers and dealerships around Australia...

2020 Subaru Forester Hybrid, XV Hybrid on sale in Australia

Subaru has confirmed final powertrain specifications and details on its new XV and Forester hybrid variants, each model marking a first for the brand in Australia. Keen buyers should note, however, that the range is now already sold out until May. Details here. Both the (small) XV and (mid-sized) Forester SUVs employ the same hybrid drivetrain...

Subaru issues apology over rudely-named Forester concept car

Subaru of America has issued an apology to its dealerships across North America after a special edition Forester with a rude name was revealed at the 2020 Singapore motor show this month. American publisher, The Drive, acquired a Subaru letter sent to dealers last Friday stating the car, named Forester Ultimate Customised Kit Special, was an “unfortunate situation” and that “Subaru of America Inc and Subaru Corporation had nothing to do with this...

Car News Daily podcast: Your daily download

Plenty has happened in the world of car news over the last 24 hours. If you haven't had time to read all the news on CarAdvice.com, catch up on your way home with Car News Daily, as Mandy Turner reads each news story word-for-word...

2020 Subaru Forester hybrid, XV hybrid pricing and specs

Subaru Australia will launch electrified versions of the XV and Forester in March 2020. Priced from $35,580 before on-road costs, the XV Hybrid e-Boxer AWD will undercut the just-released Toyota C-HR Hybrid by $860 when it launches in March. Meanwhile, the Forester Hybrid will be offered in two trims: L AWD and S AWD, priced from $39,990 and $45,990 before on-road costs respectively...

Subaru recalls several models for ignition switch fix

Subaru Australia has issued a recall for a number of older-generation models to replace potentially faulty ignition switches installed between 17 February 2017 and 14 April 2019. According to the Japanese brand, vehicles fitted with the affected component could have “imperfections” in the switch’s ball springs, which could see the key position switch from ON to ACC position while the vehicle is in motion...

CarAdvice podcast 155: 2019 Subaru Outback v Forester!

This week you're joined by Scott Collie, Paul Maric, and Kez Casey. In car news, the 2020 Ferrari SF90 Stradale has been unveiled, the 2019 Volvo S60 and V60 have been priced, Jaguar Land Rover says a Coalition election win was the 'best result we could have hoped for', and the Jeep Wrangler has received a one-star ANCAP safety rating...

Subaru recalls various models over like-for-like Takata airbags

Subaru Australia has recalled several model lines over Takata airbags, including older-generation versions of the Impreza, Forester, Liberty and Outback. Affected vehicles have been subject to previous recalls involving like-for-like replacement airbags as part of the ongoing Takata campaign, with the new ones not at risk of the well-documented fault...