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Weekend warriors could do worse than check out the diesel, auto Outback

Subaru logo5 Jul 2013

By TIM NICHOLSON

EUROPEANS love diesel engines, and they also love shifting gears themselves.



Australians also love a good oil-burning donk, but we hate swapping cogs the old-fashioned way.

However, because the Australian market is such an anomaly on the world stage, it presents a big challenge to car-makers loathe to tip big money into a low-volume right-hand-drive market too lazy to work a clutch pedal.

It’s a big thing, then, when someone does make the effort, and Subaru is one of them.

Earlier this year, its Outback soft-roader added an automatic transmission, but instead of using a traditional torque converter with a defined set of ratios, Subaru has paired its diesel with a steel belt and a pair of pulleys – a motor scooter-friendly continuously variable transmission.

And you know what? It’s just right for us lazy Aussies.

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Model release date: 1 March 2013 to 1 December 2014

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