New powertrain for Subaru Outback; Former Ikea boss joins Volvo board; Cadillac won't feature a diesel until after 2014; Maserati has received 20,000 orders this year; Dacia delivers its 10,000th car
2 October 2013

Dacia has sold more than 11,500 cars since launching in the UK 10 months ago. The Duster is the marque's best selling model, with 5600 sold to date. The Sandero has sold 5400 units. The firm has just handed over its 10,000th car, a Duster, to a buyer in Perth, Scotland.

The Subaru Outback is now available with a 2.0-litre Boxer diesel mated to a Lineartronic CVT gearbox; a world first, according to its maker. It claims 44.8mpg on the combined cycle and emissions of 166g/km. Other revisons include interior and exterior styling tweaks and changes to the suspension setup for improved ride comfort.

Volvo Cars has appointed Mikael Ohlsson to its board of directors. Ohlsson is a former IKEA Group boss and takes over the position on the board of directors that was occupied by Håkan Samuelsson. Volvo says he brings a “deep knowledge of customer-focused retail operations”.

The much-needed diesel engine for the Cadillac range won’t be here next year, says the brand’s European boss, Thomas Sedran. Caddy owner GM is currently considering what Sedran describes as “two timing options” for the diesel, but neither includes 2014.

Infinti has appointed its first Europe-based product boss. Nicolas Tschann will co-ordinate all new model development across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He previously headed up the Q30 Concept development team. Infiniti Europe boss, Fintan Knight said: “we have the ambition to disrupt and lead the premium segment with great technology, fast innovation and seductive styling. The fact that we have created this senior role shows how crucial it is to Infiniti’s future here. Nicolas brings with him a wealth of Infiniti experience, local knowledge and product passion.”

Maserati has gathered 20,000 orders so far this year following the release of its 5-series rival, the Ghibli, and the the new Quattroporte. The bulk are for the Ghibli. Last year Maserati sold 6300 cars.

Our Verdict

Dacia Duster

The Dacia Duster is a no-nonsense machine that wears its bargain price tag like a badge of honour. And we can’t help liking it for that.

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1 October 2013

Please take note Fiat,make cars that people want to buy and you
will sell lots of them,simple.
As for the 4c,,too few will be built,and you need high sales numbers to make a profit
some thing you have not made in 16 or 17 years.
Its all so simple.

1 October 2013

Yet AGAIN Cadillac (particularly GM) get it completely wrong in Europe. No diesel engines until 2015 at the earliest, and even then it's a 'maybe'. Right. Good luck with that.

1 October 2013
kendwilcox47 wrote:

Please take note Fiat,make cars that people want to buy and you
will sell lots of them,simple.
As for the 4c,,too few will be built,and you need high sales numbers to make a profit
some thing you have not made in 16 or 17 years.
Its all so simple.

Is it really that simple? Being a font of knowledge like that, you ought to pimp yourself out to them, or the likes of Ford, you'd make a fortune.

1 October 2013

Really hope Maserati do well with the new models, very tempted by one of those Ghiblis. There's more character in one of its wheel nuts than there is in the entire Merc model range.

2 October 2013

Eventually, the Subaru Outback gets an automatic transmission option on the diesel - better late than never - but sadly it's a CVT, not anyone's favourite type of automatic.

And 150 bhp diesel from a performance manufacturer is pants when you consider that Freelander, Hyundai and Kia have had 190+ for years now.

I had a 2006 petrol Outback which I loved - it had 3 weak points - the lack of interior room - the fuel consumption - and the black hole between 2nd and 3rd in the ratios of the 4-speed box.

The current model eliminated the space issue (it's bigger inside) - gained an economical, but low-powered engine - didn't get a 6-speed conventional automatic.

So it still doesn't make my shortlist - "I'm out!"

2 October 2013

At last Subaru put an automatic on the diesel boxer. But it's a hateful CVT. I too am out!

3 October 2013

... will be well chuffed selling 11,500 cars in 9 months in its first year. At 5,600, Duster should be pretty much neck to neck with the over-hyped Skoda Yeti, I suppose.
No wonder VW bosses are cooking up a cut-price brand / range - better still they could just save themselves the trouble and right price their existing brands / ranges.

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