Auto for Im­preza STI only

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SUBARU is, well . . . be­ing Subaru again. The Ja­panese com­pany has just an­nounced it will add an au­to­matic to its fiery, rally-bred Im­preza WRX STI range.

But in typ­i­cal Subaru fashion it has no plans to in­tro­duce an au­to­matic ver­sion of the WRX it­self.

You’d think there would be more de­mand for the lat­ter, but Subaru says it does not have a suit­able trans­mis­sion avail­able.

The WRX was last of­fered as an au­to­matic back in 2005, but was with­drawn due to lack of de­mand.

Back then it ac­counted for just 6 per cent of sales.

Since then how­ever the mar­ket has come full cir­cle, es­pe­cially in the high pe­for­mance $60,000 plus seg­ment. Now 80-90 per cent of the ve­hi­cles sold in this seg­ment are au­tos.

Subaru Aus­tralia boss Nick Se­nior said the re­vised sedan and hatch­back Im­preza WRX STIs will add the op­tion of a five-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

“We saw an op­por­tu­nity of in­cre­men­tal sales and de­cided to take it to ap­peal to the 60K seg­ment,” he said.

The auto is the same five-speed unit that has been of­fered with the A-line STI in Ja­pan for the last year.

Mr Se­nior said the trans­mis­sion would re­flect the per­for­mance and en­gi­neer­ing val­ues of STI to pro­duce a fan­tas­tic driver’s car that will ex­pand its ap­peal to a wider au­di­ence. The STI will also con­tinue to be of­fered with a six-speed man­ual.

Un­veiled at the New York In­ter­na­tional Auto Show this year, re­vised Im­preza WRX STI sedan and hatch are due to go on sale dur­ing the last quar­ter of 2010.

Pric­ing and full spec­i­fi­ca­tions will be an­nounced at the time of the launch.

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