Japan premiere of the California T
I like how Ferrari chose Japan for the California T’s Asian debut, acknowledging the significance of the Japanese market for the brand.
On a side note, I’d love to attend one of these launch parties. The gift bag looks amazing.
Subaru, welcome back! This is the new Legacy Outback and boy is it a handsome looking thing. Certainly a big improvement over the current generation which looks like a sort of comedic baddie from an anime. This sort of reminds of the Legacy that was released in 2003, though that remains the pretties generation by far.
Anyway, the new Outback. I’m getting rather excited. It finally looks good again! It makes me happy because the Outback is one of those cars that’s a jack of all trades like the VW Golf and Range Rover. In many ways the Outback is the thinking man’s Range Rover. I really like these cars.
Weirdly, Subaru has said that the Legacy/Liberty will only be available as a saloon. There won’t be an estate version of it because the Outback will fill that role. I think only Japan and the US have confirmed this, I’m not sure what Australia and New Zealand will do because the Legacy estate have a very strong and loyal following here.
Engine choice will consist of a 2.5 boxer four, a 3.6 V6 and a 2.0 boxer diesel. The two boxer engines will most likely be sold down under. I’m genuinely happy about this though. The Outback finally got the design it deserves. Now let’s see if the interior quality is up to scratch.
In other VW new, it’s been announced that they’ll show a Midsize Coupe at the upcoming Beijing Motor Show. It’ll eventually become something along the lines of a Jetta CC, a sort of smaller Passat CC based on the Jetta. Only less swoopy than its bigger brother. This is getting confusing now. From these sketches it looks like a Jetta with a lower roof. Hopefully the actual thing will have more visual impact.
Volkswagen has given the Touareg a mild facelift. By mild I mean you could be forgiven for thinking they haven’t changed a thing. But those keen eyed among you would’ve spotted the new grille, large headlights, reworked bumper and rear diffuser. Along with the cosmetic changes, VW has dropped the V8 and Hybrid models meaning the Touareg will only be offered with a 3.0 V6 TDI. At least power has gone up to 254bhp. I think it’s a smart move for VW. The top of the range V8 TDI was priced far too close to the likes of the BMW X5 and Mercedes ML.