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The Subaru XV has had a facelift and a reduction in price.
And if the car is purchased before
September 30, it will also come
with a free three-year service
plan. Little wonder then that
Subaru New Zealand is targeting
used-car buyers and what it
describes as ''Euro defectors''
with this new Impreza.
''The Impreza is now
positioned better price-wise than
a front-wheel-drive smaller-
engined European car,'' said
Subaru NZ managing director
Wally Dumper during the
Hampton Downs event.
''I know I'd rather be driving
an all-wheel-drive 2.0-litre boxer-
engined Impreza on New
A total of four different Subaru
models have had a facelift or a
price cut -- or both.
In fact the new Outback and
Legacy are the only Subarus to
remain untouched as the New
Zealand importer begins a big
push to increase sales of all its
vehicles. The best-selling Subaru
is the Forester, and it benefits
from sharper pricing and the
introduction of a new automatic
The entry-level 2.5i is priced at
$39,990 and the top 2.5i Premium
is now $49,990, both featuring a
$5000 reduction. Meanwhile the
2.5i Sport has come down $3000 in
price to $44,990.
The new 2.0 diesel with the
Lineartronic automatic is priced
at $46,990, which is $3000 less than
the manual Forester diesel it
replaces. And finally, the
turbocharged 2.0 XT Premium has
gone down $5000 to $54,990.
Dumper said the previous
strength of the New Zealand
dollar against the yen helped his
company with pricing from the
factory in Japan.
''And we want our genuine
SUV to be more competitive with
the many two-wheel-drive
wannabe crossover vehicles,'' he
added. ''It is crazy to think these
pretender 2WD SUVs have
become so popular, especially in
New Zealand where one-third of
all our roads are unsealed.''
The Forester facelift has
resulted in it receiving the same
infotainment system with a 7-inch
touchscreen as the recently
launched Outback, with the
Premium models also getting
satellite navigation. There are
also various cosmeticchanges.
Meanwhile, the Subaru XV
also gets the updated
infotainment system, plus various
cosmetic changes and other
improvements such as
installation of USB ports for those
sitting in the back seats.
The XV has also undergone a
price realignment that has seen
price reductions of between $1000
The XV 2.0i manual and auto
models are now identically priced
at $37,990 which is down from the
previous prices of $40,990 for the
auto and $38,990 for the manual.
Meanwhile, the 2.0i-L auto
price has gone down $4000 to a
new $40,990, while the 2.0i-S auto
is also down $4000 to $44,490.
The hot models in the Subaru
range are the WRX and its even
hotter sibling the STI, and they
have also had a facelift with no
changes to their prices which
range from $48,990 to $64,990.
The WRX and ST receive new
style 18-inch alloy wheels, power
folding door mirrors, a new
infotainment system that includes
satellite navigation with real-time
traffic information, and two more
The Premium versions also
gets the safety of blind spot
detection, lane change assist, rear
cross-traffic alert, and a side-view
''We have seen lots of people
who have been encouraged to buy
a coupe as their dream car, only to
be disappointed with its
impracticality,'' said Dumper.
''The WRX is a superb option
for those looking for a sports car
with both style and power, who
also want flexibility.''
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