Subaru To Farewell Liberty

MY18 Liberty 3.6R.After 31 years, Subaru Australia has announced the end of their Liberty model. The medium size passenger vehicle in the Australian Market has not be a happy hunting ground for many car makers.

Products such as the Ford Mondeo, Kia Optima, Honda Accord have tried and failed.

That segment is now totally dominated by the Toyota Camry of which 62% are hybrid models.

The medium-sized Liberty, first launched in 1989, played a significant role for Subaru.

It was sophisticated with all-wheel drive and the option of a station wagon.

Now SUVs are dominating this size of vehicle as Subaru’s own figures show.

Over the past two years, Subaru has sold 2,441 Libertys compared to their Outback SUV – with good ground clearance, and off-road capabilities, with sales that are nearly 6 times the volume – a clear indication of market preferences.

Im David Brown

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David’s boyhood passion for motor cars did not immediately lead to a professional role in the motor industry. A qualified Civil Engineer he specialised in traffic engineering and transport planning. What followed were various positions including being seconded to a government think-tank for the planning of transport firstly in Sydney and then for the whole of NSW. After working with the NRMA and as a consultant he moved to being an independent writer and commentator on the broader areas of transport and the more specific areas of the cars we drive. His half hour motoring program “Overdrive” has been described as an “informed, humorous and irreverent look at motoring and transport from Australia and overseas”. It is heard on 22 stations across Australia. He does weekly interviews with several ABC radio stations and is also heard on commercial radio in Sydney. David has written for metropolitan and regional newspapers and has presented regular segments on metropolitan and regional television stations. David is also a contributor for AnyAuto