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Welcome to My Subaru, a lifestyle-outdoor publication geared for Subaru enthusiasts. Our goal is simply to get out and have fun in our vehicles, exploring bush trails and open beaches, outdoor activities and great places to just kick back and relax. Murray Bridge Subaru have stepped forward as our key sponsor, so if you are in the market for a new Subaru, at least in Adelaide, we recommend you check them out. Over the coming issues, we’ll have a crack at some awesome outdoor activities, discover scenic destinations, play with some cool products and explore the Subaru range. So whether you are Subaru enthusiast or just love getting out and about, My Subaru is the channel for you.

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MY

SUBARU

ISSUE 01/2016

LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE FOR SUBARU ENTHUSIASTS

HISTORY

SUBARU IN AUSTRALIA

REVIEW

SUBARU XV

FREEDOM MACHINE

TECH TORQUE

ALL WHEEL DRIVE

EXPLAINED

WIN a Projecta solar panel kit valued at $1200


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INSIDE

ISSUE

ONE

REVIEW

02 Inside

03 Editor

04 Crew

05 News

06

06 History

10 Review

20

16 Gear

18 Competition

18 NEXT ISSUE

19 TRENDING

20 Snapshot

22 Tech Torque

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EDITOR

Mike Pavey

CONTRIBUTOR

Paul Ewins

ART DIRECTOR

Anita Pavey

CONTACT

mike@thedirt4wd.com.au

0432 320 650

Cover photo Subaru Australia

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REVIEW

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DITOR

Welcome to My Subaru, a lifestyleoutdoor

publication geared for

Subaru enthusiasts. Our goal

is simply to get out and have fun in our

vehicles, exploring bush trails and open

beaches, outdoor activities and great

places to just kick back and relax.

Murray Bridge Subaru have stepped

forward as our key sponsor, so if you are

in the market for a new Subaru, at least

in Adelaide, we recommend you check

them out.

Over the coming issues, we’ll have

a crack at some awesome outdoor

activities, discover scenic destinations,

play with some cool products and

explore the Subaru range. So whether

you are Subaru enthusiast or just love

getting out and about, My Subaru is the

channel for you.

And if you have a destination, a

lifestyle product, or an outdoor activity

you’d like us to investigate, drop us a

comment on our Facebook page

www.facebook.com/groups/MySubaru

and we’ll check it out.

Feel free to share the My Subaru eMag

with your friends. It’s FREE, loaded with

cool reading, some giveaways, and

minimal advertising. It doesn’t get

much better!

Mike Pavey

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CREW

Mike & Anita with

their other rig, a

4.2L Nissan Patrol

From only 240kg,

the Stockman

Products Kwik

Kampa 2 is the ideal

couples camper

for the Subaru SUV

range.

Pictures Joe Press

and Anita Pavey

REW

MIKE AND ANITA PAVEY

The driving force behind My Subaru is husband

and wife team Mike & Anita Pavey. The Paveys’

are well-travelled camping enthusiasts and

photo-journalists to some of Australia’s most

respected camping and 4×4 publications.

Of their many adventures, a big lap of

Australia in 2011/12 was by far the highlight;

a largely unsealed itinerary over 13 months

discovering some of Australia’s most beautiful

and remote destinations. Some of the highlights:

the giant karri forests of the south coast of WA;

the Pilbara’s deep red gorges ripped into the

landscape; the spectacular Cockburn ranges of

the Kimberley; the Savannah Way across the

Top End; the Simpson Desert and Cape York.

But even the more accessible national parks

along the WA and NSW coastlines rated highly,

with pockets of lush rain forest and tall timber

running virtually into the sea.

In 2014, they setup a business in the Adelaide

Hills called ‘The Dirt’, specialising in Australianmade

off road campers. Manufacturers

represented include Rhinomax Campers, Pod

Trailer and 3 Dog Camping.

On 1 September they’ll move into a new

showroom at 26 Light Crescent Mount Barker.

You can read more about them here:

www.thedirt4wd.com.au/about


NEWS

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In this issue we check

out some of the latest

concept vehicles previewed

at the Tokyo and Geneva

Motor Shows

XV CONCEPT

EWS

Subaru has unveiled a new XV concept vehicle

at the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show.

The concept builds on the current shape:

it’s longer (+70mm) and wider (+140mm) than

the current model, riding on a wheelbase of

2670mm (+35mm).

You can read more about it here:

www.subaru.com.au/news/subaru-xv-concept-debuts-geneva

VIZIV SUV CONCEPT

Subaru unveiled its VIZIV (Vision for Innovation)

SUV Concept vehicle at the Tokyo Motor Show

late last year. From the outside, it gives the

appearance of a compact, two door SUV, with a

people-mover inspired entry.

Adding to the EyeSight® system currently

available on Outback and Forester, driver assist

technology uses radar technology including

including adaptive cruise control, lane departure

warning and pre-collision braking to helps

avoid vehicles, obstacles and pedestrians,

even around corners. It also offers automatic

reversing.

Check out the My Subaru Facebook page for

links to the video previews.

Photos

Subaru Australia


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HISTORY

ISTORY

Small SUV’s now represent

the largest vehicle growth

sector. So what models have

shaped Subaru’s success in

this competitive market?

For many, Subaru launched the crossover

concept back in 1973 with the release of

the Subaru Wagon. It was initially seen as a

smart alternative to truck-like four-wheel drives,

offering car like handling with its smaller footprint,

yet still had the ability to engage all four wheels

at the flick of a lever.

The All-Wheel Drive platform introduced with

the Outback and Forester upped the ante,

offering improved levels of grip and safety with

fulltime all-wheel drive. And with improved

ground clearance to tackle mild off-road exploits

such as fire trails, the crossover concept

became a popular choice for those seeking a

lifestyle vehicle.

These days, the mainstays of the Subaru

crossover range include the XV, Forester and

Outback. Here’s a few of the critical milestones

that helped shape the company’s SUV success

in Australia.

1973 – The first Subaru All-Wheel Drive wagon

is released.

1977 – Two seater Brumby All-Wheel Drive Ute

joins the action.

1996 – Outback is released.

1997 – Forester is released.

1993 – Impreza is launched in Australia, later to

become the platform for the XV.

1993 – 2005 Success in the local & World Rally

Championships with the Legacy WRC and

Impreza WRX

Subaru becomes the first car company to

offer All-Wheel Drive as standard on every

model sold in Australia (including the non-SUV

variants).

2006 – Tribeca 7-seater SUV is released.

2007 – Subaru is awarded the maximum 5-star

ANCAP occupant safety rating across its entire

range.

2009-2010 – A diesel is introduced to the

Outback and Forester lines.

2012 – The XV compact SUV, based on the

Impreza is released.

Source: Subaru Australia


HISTORY

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THE ALL-WHEEL

DRIVE PLATFORM

INTRODUCED WITH THE

OUTBACK AND FORESTER

UPPED THE ANTE,

OFFERING IMPROVED

LEVELS OF GRIP AND

SAFETY WITH FULLTIME

ALL-WHEEL DRIVE

LEFT PAGE

1996 Outback

1997 Forester

1993 Impreza

2006 Tribeca

2012 XV

RIGHT PAGE

Advertising in the

1970’s for the

Subaru All-Wheel

Drive wagon and

two-seater Brumby

ute

2005 Cyprus Rally

Subaru Impreza

WRX STi

Photos

Petter Solberg and

Subaru Australia


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REVIEW

REVIEW

FREEDOM

MACHINE

XV


REVIEW

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Photo The Fast Lane

Car, 2013 Subaru

Crosstrek 1st drive

and Off Road review

Youtube

BEYOND ITS

FUNKY GOOD

LOOKS, COMFORT AND

REFINEMENT, IT ADAPTS

WELL TO CHANGING

DRIVING CONDITIONS,

SUCH AS GREASY

ROADS OR EXPLORING

OFF THE BLACK TOP


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REVIEW

The pint-sized XV is the

smallest in Subaru’s SUV

range. Does it have what it

takes to mix with the best in

the busy small SUV segment?

Mike Pavey

It’s a surreal experience punting the XV

through a few greasy corners during our

Adelaide Hills test drive. Off the bat, it feels

assuringly composed, cornering tight and flat,

with minimal body roll; no doubt a combination

of good suspension tune and all-paw grip. And if

you’ve never driven a vehicle with a continuously

variable transmission (CVT), there’s another

surprise package – quiet and refined as it

seamlessly glides through the gears.

The XV is the smallest sibling in Subaru’s SUV

range, behind Forester and Outback, yet still

provides a relatively roomy cabin, with plenty of

rear seat legroom and space for two adults or

three kids at a pinch.

Pivotal to its ‘fun to drive’ tag, it scores Subaru’s

All-Wheel Drive architecture and a useful 220mm

ground clearance, increasing safety while adding

outdoor adventure DNA. And that’s where the

fun begins, exploring forest trails, snow plains or

twisty terrain.

Back behind the wheel of the XV, it’s a massive

contrast from our former shopping trolley

runabout, being quiet, comfortable and refined,

cossetted in the leather pews of the range

topping 2.0-S. Safety is one of many highlights

with no less than seven airbags, antilock brakes,

stability control and a host of complimentary

safety features. Subaru boasts the maximum

5-star ANCAP occupant rating across its entire

vehicle range, ensuring safety is no accident.

The XV is available in three models with plenty

of kit as standard, matched with quality finishes

and an upmarket feel. The range starts with the

2.0-i packaging all-wheel drive, a comprehensive

collision avoidance and protection package,

reversing camera, electric windows and mirrors,

17” alloy wheels, DATADOT security system,

cruise control, Bluetooth, infotainment system

with touch screen, steering wheel controls and

more ($26,490). Mid-level 2.0-L adds satellite

navigation, electric sunroof, rear privacy glass,

dual zone climate control, leather steering wheel

and gear shift, 6 speaker stereo and a 7” touch

screen ($29,990). The range topping 2.0-S

scores leather seating, 8-way electric driver’s

seat, heated front seats, sports pedals, Xenon

self-levelling low beam head lights and Smart

key with push button start ($32,790).


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RIGHT PAGE

Range-topping 2.0S

boasts heated,

electric leather

seats

Optional CVT auto

transmission

Fingertip controls all

close at hand

Split fold rear seats

improve storage

access for larger

items

A six speed manual is standard with optional

CVT transmission.

Subaru’s 2.0 litre horizontally opposed

4-cylinder Boxer engine puts the rubber to the

road and provides a good compromise between

power and economy producing 110kW/196Nm

of power and torque respectively. A recent quick

trip to Melbourne yielded an overall consumption

average of 7.5L/100, marginally above the

claimed economy of 7.0L, yet quite often

returning sub-six litre economy between stops.

Not bad considering its all-wheel drive platform.

With room to move elsewhere, space is limited

in the rear hatch area, a common outcome in the

compact SUV class, however the back seats fold

Photos carsguide.

com.au,

carproductstested.

com and Subaru

Australia

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forward easily to reveal a useable cargo area.

Roof rails are standard and can accommodate

optional hardware to mount bikes, kayaks, a roof

basket or awning. And with an unbraked/braked

towing capacity of 650/1400kg respectively,

the XV is able to haul a small trailer or camper

without the addition of a transmission cooler.

Gear changing paddles on either side of the

steering wheel ramp up the fun factor a further

notch. As you tap back a gear or two, the

transmission will resume control when it senses

the need to. Alternatively, the full manual mode

keeps you in constant control. Under normal

driving conditions, little manual input is required,

as the smart electronics monitor the vital inputs,

to row down the gears and up again as required.

Overall, the XV is a sweet ride. Beyond its

funky good looks, comfort and refinement, it

adapts well to changing driving conditions, such

as greasy roads or exploring off the black top.

And it’s that added feeling of safety that takes it

to the next level.

We liked it so much, we bought one, so expect

to see a lot more of it in the coming issues!


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LEFT PAGE

The low-riding Boxer

engine keeps the

cabin well isolated

from vibration

RIGHT PAGE

Cargo cover

Driver controls

Spilt 60/40 rear

seats

Photos carsguide.

com.au,

carproductstested.

com and Subaru

Australia


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GEAR

EAR

STOCKMAN PRODUCTS

POD TRAILER

There’s only so much kit you can safely carry on

holidays these days. While compact cars have

done much to reduce running costs with their

diminutive sizes and efficient engines, it doesn’t

always bode well when it comes to carrying

capacity, particularly when you add a couple

of kids to the equation. It’s a similar scenario

with bigger vehicles, particularly when you

factor in the legal Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM);

the maximum wet weight including the vehicle,

passengers, accessories, fuel, and luggage.

Many vehicles simply stack their gear high on

the roof, imparting a significant centre of gravity

increase and a much bigger profile to punch

through the air.

The Stockman Products Pod Trailer provides

a unique solution to this problem by minimising

drag and the centre of gravity. And with

additional weight spread over another axle, it

prevents overshooting the GVM.

To maximise strength, but reduce weight,

the Pod tub and lid are manufactured from

6-8mm UV stabilised polyethylene, producing a

significant weight saving over a standard steel

trailer and eliminating any concerns of rust.

The foundation of the trailer is a hot dipped

galvanised steel chassis which is simply bolted

to the tub. With the entire package weighing

from as little as 200kg, they’re a doddle to tow

and without imparting a massive overhead on

your vehicle.

The lid pivots forward guided by twin gas struts

and a tailgate folds down for easy loading. Over

centre catches secure the lid in place, with a rubber

seal to minimise the ingress of dust and water.

Choose from three chassis’ – on road, leaf

spring off road and independent coil off road.

Optional roof bars add further storage potential

for a steel mesh basket, or modular hardware for

bikes, kayaks and other toys. An extensive range

of modular accessories extend the usage.

The Pod Trailer is manufactured wholly in

Australia using Australian steel and recycled

plastic (polyethylene). It is a well sorted package

being rugged but light in weight and wellregarded

by its owners, many of which have

dragged them to all corners of the country.

For further information on the Pod Trailer

www.podtrailer.com.au

SPECIFICATIONS

Manufacturer: Stockman Products

Model: Pod Trailer

Dimensions:

3300mm L x 1750mm W x 1300mm H

Internal measurements:

1820mm L x 1200mm W x 650mm H

Weight: from 200kg

Suspension: Six leaf slipper springs

(off-road options available)

Payload: up to 550kg

Price: From $3,995 plus on-road costs


GEAR

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SPECIFICATIONS

Manufacturer:

Projecta

Model: SPM180K

Size packed:

360mm x 500mm

Weight: 8.3kg

Peak power: 11A

Accessories: inbuilt

solar controller,

panel support legs,

canvas bag, 5m lead

and battery clips.

Price: $1,200 (RRP)

Photo Pod Trailer,

Joe Press, Anita

Pavey and Projecta

PROJECTA 180W

SOLAR PANEL

When it comes to solar panels, bigger is better

with larger panels throwing more amps into your

batteries, getting them to full capacity much

quicker. A larger panel also compensates for

less than perfect conditions.

Historically the main barriers to upsizing

a solar panel kit was cost and bulk, with an

average 120W suitcase style panel weighing

around 15kg and measuring about 1m2.

The Projecta SPM180K solar panel kit (180W)

is much more portable. It uses a light-weight

frameless design, with each scratch-resistant

monocrystalline panel mounted on a fibreglass

sheet with a tough canvas backing. The panels

simply fold back on each other and wrap up into

a laptop-size bag weighing a smidge over 8kg.

New for this release, the panel features an

on-board solar controller with a multi-stage

charger. Users can select the appropriate battery

type (wet, AGM, gel and calcium) and an LCD

readout shows the current amperage output of

the panel and total amps generated per use.

Supporting legs and hardware help align the

panels to the sun and are tucked into a pocket

on the bag after use preventing accidental loss.

Claimed output is 11A.

For further information on any Projecta

equipment products www.projecta.com.au

Check out our competition page for details on

how to win this awesome solar panel kit valued

at $1200!


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COMPETITION | NEXT ISSUE

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PROJECTA

180W

SOLAR

PANEL

COMPETITON

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at Projecta, we have

a SPM180K foldable

solar panel to give

away to one lucky

reader.

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EXT ISSUE

We tackle

kayak fishing,

discover

idyllic

camping spots

along the

Murray River

and sip some

of Adelaide’s

most awarded

craft beers


TRENDING

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RENDING

Here’s a few Subaru owners

that caught our attention.

If you have a Subaru you’d

like to show off to the

world, put your photo on the

My Subaru’ Facebook page

and we’ll be in touch with a

few interview questions

www.facebook.com/groups/MySubaru

Subaru XV / Crosstrek

Anthony Maillis

Our type of winter, sun, sand and sea.

We LOVE our XV!

The Bahamas

Eric M Gibson

Our first camping trip with her!

Tatlanika Alaska.

Murray Bridge Subaru

Congratulations Kerry!!!! on the purchase of

your New Subaru XV, from all the team here at

Murray Bridge Subaru.

What a great day out on the track with the 2016

SA Murray Bridge Masters Games Cycling

Event. Proudly supported by Murray Bridge

Subaru.


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SNAPSHOT

NAPSHOT


SNAPSHOT

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Anita Pavey

Town of 1770

Agnes Water, Qld

Canon EOS 550D

10-22mm

ISO 800

f7.1

1/50th second


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ECH

TORQUE

Mike Pavey

TECH TORQUE

Subaru’s All-Wheel Drive

System is a class leader.

We’ve scoured YouTube to

come up with the best clips

to demonstrate why

As the name suggests, All Wheel Drive (AWD)

is the ability to direct power to all four wheels

to improve cornering and straight line

stability, particularly in conditions of limited traction

such as rain, snow, gravel and mud.

There are a number of different systems

available on the market. Some manufacturers

use a system that operates in two-wheel drive

(2WD), only engaging the other wheels when

slip is detected, which is often too little too late.

Other systems claim to offer full time 4WD yet

fail to deliver traction when it counts. So

despite the SUV designation, not all systems

are created equal.

In comparison, Subaru uses a constant

AWD system which applies power to all four

wheels, all of the time. It is a system that was

introduced with the Outback and Forester back

in 1996/97. When one wheel starts to slip, power

is redirected to those wheels with grip. Traction

control also contributes by braking the wheels

without traction to aid in forward progress.

The best way of demonstrating this process

is through video. The pedigree of the Subaru

system has been well documented and there

is no shortage of YouTube clips that

demonstrates this.

We’ve selected the following examples, but

you’ll find others of interest in your own searches.

https://youtu.be/wX1VezHjzQ0 A real-world

comparison of all-wheel drive systems from

various manufacturers on a dyno ramp. All

wheels except for the right rear are on rollers to

represent the loss of traction, such as driving

on ice. If the all-wheel drive system is working

as per design, the traction from the right wheel

should be sufficient to pull it through.

https://youtu.be/0_MXK2nzt2Y A similar field

test performed on a sharp gravel incline with

low grip.

https://youtu.be/BWdQqMRdTrs A comparison

between a Subaru XV and a Land Rover

Defender. While not a direct comparison,

it highlights the differences between the

Subaru’s car-like platform to the truck-like SUV

underpinnings of the Landy.

https://youtu.be/MsgzOnkDqlc Playing in the

dirt in a Subaru XV.


TECH TORQUE

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A Subaru Forester

is put to the test

Subaru has

delivered an AWD

system with an

emphasis on

improved safety

in all driving

conditions, a

strategy that

contributed to its

maximum 5-star

ANCAP occupant

safety rating across

its entire range in

2007, making them

one of the safest

cars on the market

Photos http://

paultan.org/ ,

Subaru Australia

ALL-WHEEL

D R I V E ( A W D )

IS THE ABILITY TO

DIRECT POWER TO

ALL FOUR WHEELS TO

IMPROVE CORNERING

AND STRAIGHT LINE

STABILITY, PARTICULARLY

IN CONDITIONS OF

LIMITED TRACTION

SUCH AS RAIN,

S N O W , G R A V E L

AND MUD


• TRAILERS FROM •

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IN THE PICTURE

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PHOTO BY ANITA PAVEY

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KILOGRAMS

LIGHT, QUICK AND EASY SETUP

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