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2009 Subaru Liberty to be Unveiled in New York

April 1st, 2009
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The North American version of the new generation Subaru Legacy will be unveiled at the New York International Auto Show on April 9.

Known as Liberty in Australia, the refined Legacy version revealed today will be exclusively available in the United States and Canada, and will go on sale around June in those markets.

Other markets, including Australia, will share a different version of the car, based on the Japanese domestic specification vehicles.

The major difference between the U.S. produced Legacy and the Japanese-made vehicles that will come to Australia, is that the American cars are slightly wider.

However, all new generation versions are wider and longer than the current car, offering significant increases in passenger and cargo area.

Japanese domestic market versions will go on sale in Japan mid-year.

Liberty will be launched on the Australian market in September.

It will be available with a wide variety of technical innovations, including Lineartronic CVT and six-speed manual transmission options on some variants, plus the choice of a 3.6 litre six-cylinder horizontally opposed boxer engine. The car is built on an entirely new platform.

Nick Senior, Managing Director, Subaru Australia, said: “Safety, performance and style are all key ingredients in the new generation Liberty mix. Combined with the high quality engineering for which Subaru is renowned, it represents a formidable package.”

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