Geneva 2013: Subaru

  • New Forester packs more space and improved engines
  • Outback gets new automatic CVT gearbox
  • Concept car features bizarre name and new design look

New Car on Show: Forester, Outback and VIZIV concept


Subaru has re-launched the Forester for 2013 – the 4×4 estate car loved by farmers and families living in isolated rural communities.

The company claims it has better performance, is safer, more fuel efficient and has more space inside. There is a choice of two petrol engines and one diesel engine, either with a six-speed manual or an automatic CVT gearbox.

There are three trim levels to choose from with standard kit including front fog lamps, radio/CD player and 6in touch screen. It also features X-Mode, which means the car figures out what grip is available and what power is required and how to split it between the four driven wheels. To find out more click here.   


The revised Subaru Outback, due to arrive in the UK this autumn, features a 2.0-litre Boxer diesel engine which comes with a CVT automatic gearbox that’s designed to smooth gear changes and reduce fuel consumption.

VIZIV concept

Let’s face it, VIZIV is a rather rubbish name for a new concept and if you try telling people that you have just witnessed the unveiling of the VIZIV they assume you have just consumed a bottle of Merlot.

Wacky name aside, Subaru is claiming that this latest creation is ‘the future design direction and vision for technological innovation.’

Of course, the VISIV embodies the Subaru brand’s values of ‘Enjoyment and Peace of Mind’ and the Japanese car maker goes on to explain that the name VIZIV is inspired by the phrase ‘Vision for Innovation’ and expresses Subaru’s commitment to innovation across its range.